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US Navy tragedy memorial

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The memorial to the 10 US Navy personnel killed in the tragedy off Whareroa Beach on 20 June 1943.

The memorial is located at Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackay's Crossing, just north of Paekākāriki. It was unveiled at a Memorial Day ceremony (part of the Salute 70 celebrations) on 28 May 2012. Among those in attendance was Frank Zalot Jr, whose account of the tragedy, provided to NZHistory by his daughter, added considerably more detail to the public record of what happened.

Credit

Jamie Mackay, 28 May 2012 and Andy Palmer, November 2012.

How to cite this page

US Navy tragedy memorial, URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/memorial/us-navy-tragedy-memorial, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated