WALKING ON HALLOWED GROUND
Veterans tour battlefields on Guadalcanal and other surrounding Solomon Islands
BY JERRY SHAW
Visiting the beautiful Solomon Islands is a pleasant vacation for many people, but for Fort Pierce resident Dana Beach, it was another walk through history.
Beach, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who served with the pararescue unit and also retired from the St. Lucie County Fire District, has honored World War II veterans with the Liberty Jump Team [Indian River Holiday Issue, 2018], parachuting over battles in Europe, including jumps over Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The World War II aficionado and fellow jumpers decided to visit the Solomon Islands for the 80th anniversary of the battle in Guadalcanal, America’s first land war against Japan. The battle had raged from August 1942 to February 1943.