Gimlets host 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe remembrance ceremony

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
 Lt. Col. James Tuite (front), 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, addresses 25th ID leaders, distinguished guests, and family and friends of the fallen during a remembrance ceremony at the 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe Mission Training Complex. The Gimlets gathered to honor 1st Lt. Hoe and 10 other fallen Gimlets.

Lt. Col. James Tuite (front), 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, addresses 25th ID leaders, distinguished guests, and family and friends of the fallen during a remembrance ceremony at the 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe Mission Training Complex. The Gimlets gathered to honor 1st Lt. Hoe and 10 other fallen Gimlets.

Story and photo by
Maj. Kari McEwen
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, hosted a remembrance ceremony in honor of a Hawaiian native and 21st Inf. Regt. Soldier, and 10 other fallen Gimlet Soldiers at the Mission Training Complex, here, Jan. 22.

Allen Hoe, Vietnam veteran and father of the deceased, 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe, worked alongside the Gimlet Battalion to hold the remembrance ceremony on the ninth anniversary of his son’s death.

“Today’s a very special day, Jan. 22nd,” said Hoe. “It will be forever chiseled in our brains. Jan. 22nd for me, also, it is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection, a day of honor, a day of pride and, probably most of all, a day to rejoice in the life that we had an opportunity to share in. I think for me that really speaks more to me these days than the sad part.”

During the ceremony, Soldiers spoke on behalf of each of the 10 fallen warriors while the color guard displayed the unit colors and the nation’s flag. Family and friends of Hoe, and 25th ID leadership and distinguished guests looked on.

Lt. Col. James Tuite, commander, 1-21st Inf., spoke about Allen Hoe’s willingness to share the day and honor the other fallen Gimlets.

“One of the things that struck me was that this was the ninth anniversary of his son’s passing, but he wanted to share this with the Gimlets. He wanted the Gimlets to be part of this,” said Tuite.

Hoe was killed by a sniper in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2005, while serving with 3-21st Inf. Regt. out of Fort Lewis, Wash. He was 27 years old.

At the end of the ceremony, Allen Hoe passed around a U.S. flag. Nainoa was carrying the flag when he was killed.

Allen Hoe purchased the flag from a souvenir store in Vietnam in 1967. He carried it in during his tour of duty in Vietnam and his son, Nainoa, asked him to send it to Iraq where his platoon could carry the flag in honor of the Soldiers Allen Hoe served with in Vietnam.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District attended the ceremony.

Remembering the fallen

The 10 Gimlet Soldiers honored alongside 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe and the dates they were killed in action follow:

•Spc. John D. Amos II, April 4, 2004;

•Cpl. Michael Talentino Manibog, Feb. 8, 2008;

•Sgt. Timothy Paul Martin, Feb. 8, 2008;

•Spc. Christopher A. McCraw, Oct. 14, 2008;

•Cpl. William L. McMillan III, July 8, 2008;

•Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes, May 2, 2004;

•Sgt. Jamal Rhett, Aug. 15, 2010.

•1st Lt. Michael Runyan, July 21, 2010;

•Sgt. 1st Class Jerald A. Whisenhunt, Feb. 2, 2008; and

•Sgt. Gary D. Willett, Feb. 8, 2008.

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