Always a Marine

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Cameras roll as JQ Smith of the U.S. Marine Corps leads a contingent, including Rhan Honjiyo, Johnette Chun of the Kauai Veterans Council, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Navy Capt. Vinnie Johnson of the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, and then-Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., presenting wreaths during a Memorial Day service at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    United States Marine Corps WWII veteran JQ Smith drops off a contribution of $2,000 to Lt. Bill Simon of The Salvation Army for the Toys for Tots campaign in late 2017.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    JQ Smith prepares to cut the U.S. Marine Corps birthday cake Saturday at Pietro’s Pizza in Harbor Mall, Nawiliwili. It was also Smith’s 92nd birthday.

John Quentin Smith joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, when he was 17 years old, and soon found himself engaged in World War II combat.

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