Monday, September 15, 2008

Grandson of World War II Hero and Second Generation Submariner Receives Dolphins

By: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class (SW) Cynthia Clark
Retired Machinist Mate Senior Chief (SS) Henry Kanahele, plank owner, USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) pins the Submarine Warfare breast insignia on his son, Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SS) Nanikamaikaiamekaoluoluokanoho-Lokahipuanaonahoahanau Kanahele at a ceremony at the submarine piers, Friday, Sept. 5. The Kanahele’s father and grandfather Ben Kanahele, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Merit in 1945 for heroism on the island of Ni’ihau following the attack on Pearl Harbor. According to the junior Kanahale, keeping up the family tradition was a no-brainer. “This was awesome,” said Kanahale. “It was indescribable to have my father pin on my dolphins; all my hard work has finally paid off.”


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