‘Finally recognized for what he did’

May 3, 2011

By MELISSA TANJI – Staff Writer

The Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to Maui’s Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano on Monday, more than two decades since his family began tireless efforts to get him the medal.

“I was really relieved. I didn’t know how to feel. I was so touched,” said Kaho’ohanohano’s younger brother Eugene, via cellular phone from Washington, D.C., after the ceremony. “I felt it came to a conclusion. My brother was finally recognized for what he did.”

President Barack Obama bestowed the honor to Pfc. Anthony Kaho’ohanohano’s nephew, George, who, with his late father, Abel, led the push to see that Anthony received his medal for his heroics in the Korean War, where he died Sept. 1, 1951, during a battle at Chupa-ri on the Korean peninsula.

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