The Gallery of Heroes at U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii was conceived in 1980 by Major General Herbert E. Wolff, US Army, Ret., to honor Hawaii’s citizens who served in the Nation’s defense. The focus of the Gallery is on the recipients of the Nation’s two highest awards of valor, the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross, or its equivalents, the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross.
Eligibility for induction and memorialization into the Gallery of Heroes is defined as “a person who was born in Hawaii, or entered the service from Hawaii, or who has permanently resided in Hawaii for at least ten years”.
The initial search to identify candidates for induction into the Gallery of Heroes produced six Medal of Honor recipients and eighteen Distinguished Service Cross recipients. There are twenty-one Medal of Honor recipients and, as of today’s ceremony, fifty-eight recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross memorialized in the Gallery of Heroes. Included in the fifty-eight inductees are three recipients of the Navy Cross.
Of the 58 Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) awardees, thirty DSC’s were received for valor during World War II, eighteen for valor during the Korean War, and ten for valor during the Vietnam War.
The Gallery of Heroes exhibit was dedicated on Memorial Day 1988 and is located on the upper deck of Battery Randolph in the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii on Fort DeRussy in Waikiki. Funds for the construction of the exhibit were subscribed through the Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS).
The Hawai’i Army Museum Society HAMS) (EIN #99-0170177) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It is a non-federal entity and not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.