Airman recognized as casualty of war 4 decades later

Albert Kuewa

An airman’s family waited more than four decades for him to be recognized for his service in Vietnam.

A ceremony at the Hawaii Vietnam Memorial at the state capitol on Wednesday honored Albert Kuewa.

He died in September 1964.

Since he was on a classified mission at the time, he wasn’t recognized as a casualty of war.

That all changed thanks to years of fighting by his friend and shipmate Benjamin Ishida.

Now all these years later, Kuewa was finally honored properly.

“It was a long journey and I’m glad everything’s completed. Now we went to Washington, D.C. on the wall and was treated really nice over there,” Vietnam War Veteran Benjamin Ishida said.

“It was so long, so many roadblocks. Finally everything came true,” Ishida.

Kuewa’s name has also been added to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

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