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Tribute to Joan Ellis

2 November 2020

The Kapiti United States Marines Trust has learned that our beloved Life Member Joan Ellis has died, very peacefully aged 96. 


Joan Ellis
Joan Ellis being awarded a 'String of Pearls' by US Marines at US Embassy Wellington in respect to her book of the same name.


Joan moved to Auckland three years ago to be cared for by her daughter Trudy and family. She was the author of several books including 'A String of Pearls' preserving the shared memories of WWII United States Marine veterans and their New Zealand friends and families. As a Life Member of the Kapiti US Marines Trust that she helped found, Joan was always held in high esteem at Memorial Day ceremonies and many events and reunions in NZ and the US. Following her funeral in Auckland her family will inform us of a memorial service to be held in Wellington and details will be posted here.

RIP Joan. Arohanui.



U.S. Patrons Visit


Very welcome guests at the US Marines Memorial before ‘lockdown’ were our Patrons: Ambassador William and Gail McCormick from Oregon U.S.A. It was great to see them fill in our Visitor’s Book in person.


The McCormicks


The McCormicks visited: the Friend In Need exhibition at the Paekakariki Station Museum, the Marines Heritage Walk in Whareroa Farm, the site for our new Camp Paekakariki Remembrance Wall, and the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on February 28 and attended a meeting of the Trust Board on March 1.












John Porter Memorial seat now installed


Thanks to the generosity of 21 on-line donors and others, we have now closed our appeal for the John Porter Memorial seat - having raised a total of $1996.55.

The seat is now installed in the shelter of a grove of trees at US Marines Memorial site, off Whareroa Road in Queen Elizabeth Park, looking out through the US Marines Memorial to Whareroa Farm.

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John Porter seat




Finding Your World War II Marine or Sailor


Jim Wallace

The Trust frequently receives on-line and phone requests for help with genealogical research, while we can often help with your inquiries, there’s also a lot you can do to enrich your family story independently,

Take a look at the following questions and see what you can do to find the answers.

Once you have some of this information, we’re always happy to help – particularly with any queries relating to World War II US Marines history in and around Camps: Mackay, Russell and Paekakariki.  

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