14 Names to Remember Project

14 Names to Remember | Honoring Gig Harbor’s World War II heroes

Posted on May 23rd, 2024 By:

The names of 14 men who died while serving their country are inscribed on a monument at Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park in Gig Harbor. Many people walk past it without giving the names much thought.

Gig Harbor Now journalist Tonya Strickland, however, “couldn’t help but wonder about the names embossed in copper on its base,” she wrote. That curiosity, and untold hours of research, resulted in what we call the 14 Names to Remember Project.

Guests discuss panels from the 14 Names to Remember project on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.

Strickland researched the local connection and military service of each of the 14 service members. Their stories are told in the 14 Names to Remember Project, available here and in a series of printed panels available for display.

Read Strickland’s first column about the memorial here. A second column, announcing the project and its inaugural display at the Gig Harbor Civic Center in May and June 2024, is here. And find the stories of each of the 14 war heroes below.

Arnold Boers

Willard Chessman

Raymond Edwards

Burton Allen Gustafson

Lyle S. Jones

Kenneth Kirkendoll

Sylvester Metzinger

Harold Mitts

Douglas Mortensen

George Nelson

Herman C. Niemann

Robert Niemann

Carl Pearson

John M. Swensen