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John R. Rowe

John R. Rowe was the first of Hawaii’s sons to die in France as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces.
A few days before going into the battle in which he was killed, he wrote to his mother a letter containing these words:
“Don’t worry, Mother dear.  We have got to win this war.   If I fall do not mourn for me as I will have done only my duty.  All of us won’t come back.  I hope I shall.  However, if I do not, always remember me as having done my full duty for my country.”
Excerpt from “Hawaii in the World War”by Ralph S, Kyukendall, Honolulu, The Historical Commission, 1928

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Private, Army

Died on 7/31/1918 in France

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Listed on the plaque outside the War Memorial Natatorium for giving his life in the Great War.


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