HONOLULU (March 25, 2014) — The Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii State House of Representatives on Monday convened a special joint session to recognize four military service members with Hawaii ties who have given the ultimate sacrifice of life while serving our country.
The recipients of the Hawaii Medal of Honor include: United State Army Sergeant Tofiga Tautolo, 23; United State Air Force Captain Reid Nishizuka, 30; United State Army Sergeant Drew Scobie, 25; and United State Army Sergeant Edward Balli, 42.
The Hawaii State Legislature presented the families of these brave heroes with the Hawaii Medal of Honor. As of January 20, 2014, Hawaii has lost 331 service members with Hawaii ties.
“Today is a day of remembrance as we recognize the courage embodied by the service members who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation and the freedoms we treasure,” said Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. “The men honored today are our sons, brothers, husbands and best friends, and they will never be forgotten.”