U.S. Military Leaders Host Japanese Defense Minister for Wreath-laying Ceremonies in Hawaii

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Gene Castagnetti, director of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific,
greets Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera upon his arrival at the cemetery in Honolulu, July 1, 2013. 
 DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera honors American veterans during a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, July 1, 2013.  DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera honors American veterans during a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, July 1, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark
  • U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Hicks, left, director of command, control, communications and cyber for U.S. Pacific Command, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, center and Gene Castagnetti, right, director of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, render honors at a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, July 1, 2013. During his three-day visit to Hawaii, the Japanese defense minister met with senior U.S. military officials to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan alliance and discuss mutual security challenges in the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific region. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera pays his respects to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, July 1, 2013. Onodera also honored fallen American veterans with a wreath-laying ceremony. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, right, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, explains to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, how the USS Oklahoma overturned during the attack on Pearl Harbor before a wreath-laying ceremony on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 2, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kolmel
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, listens while U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney,  right, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, explains the improvements to the U.S. submarine fleet before a wreath-laying ceremony on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 2, 2013. During his three-day visit to Hawaii, the Japanese defense minister met with senior military officials to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan alliance and discuss mutual security challenges in the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kolmel
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera throw flowers into the wishing well after a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, July 2, 2013, to honor those that lost their lives during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kolmel
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, explains how a Japanese armor-piercing round caused the destruction of the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor,  Hawaii, July 2, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kolmel