The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, often called simply ‘Punchbowl’, serves as a memorial to honor those who lost their lives in the U.S. Armed Forces. Millions of visitors visit the cemetery each year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii.
Relatives of CDR Robert H. Isely of the US Navy Torpedo Squadron 16, chose to hold the numbers 16 to remember their loved one who led raids against Tarawa, Wake, Kwajalein, Truk and other islands. He was shot down on June 13, 1944 during the pre-invasion bombardment of Aslito Airbase, Saipan. The base Isely Field, one of the most important in the Pacific War, was named after him after he was missing. On either side of the grand stairs leading to the memorial are eight courts of the missing on which are inscribed the names of the 18,096 soldiers who went missing in action. Robert H. Isely is one of those names.
Location: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
United StatesPerformed in: 2015