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Korean Air Flight 801 Monument

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The inscription:

“At 1:42 a.m. on August 6, 1997, in darkness and rain, Korean Air Flight 801 crashed near Nimitz Hill as it was approaching the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Air Terminal. Of 231 passengers and 23 crew members, only 25 people survived. This monument is dedicated to the men, women and children who perished, to the survivors, and to the families of the victims; to thank the volunteers, organizations and government agencies that assisted in the search and recovery effort, provided aid or support to the survivors and families.
To the survivors and families of the victims, may this monument give courage to carry on with their lives.
To everyone, may this serve to underscore our profound hope that such a tragedy will never occur again.
Flight 801 Memorial Monument Construction Committee
August 5, 1998
Special thanks to the Governor of Guam, Carl T.C. Gutierrez
and Lieutenant Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo
From the Korean Community of Guam”

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7 Responses

  1. Haji says:

    How was the hike to the memorial? I know its rated a C difficulty, but in your opinion, do you think a 10 year old make it?
    And I heard that there is a fence/gate that at times is locked, blocking access to the memorialtrue?
    (Im thinking of bring some Korean campers there next year)

  2. Josie says:

    Haji, the hike is very easy. It’s definitely not a C, more like an easy B, and that’s only because it’s a bit of a walk. There is an access road that is paved all the way to the memorial site so you don’t have to go trekking through the jungle which is ideal if you are bringing little ones. There is a gate at the start of the paved road that is locked, but we started a little further down at a historical trail and cut across to get to the road. If you decide to come out, send me an email and we’d be happy to show you where we started out. Really easy!

  3. Gail says:

    This brings back so many memories. I spent nearly a month volunteering with the Red Cross helping the family members who came from Korea after the crash. It was a life-changing experience. There is so much sadness there. You remind me that I need to write down what happened at the memorial service held after the crash which had Buddhist and Catholic priests plus a Korean shaman. I will send it to you after it is done.

  4. Josie says:

    Please do, Gail! I’d really like to read about your personal experience with the crash.
    You know, I’ve always thought you should write a memoir…you’ve lived (and are living) such an interesting life. You always have great stories to share!

  5. Chris says:

    Josie –
    Some friends and I (USAF pilots) tried to hike to the KAL flight 801 memorial site today from Fonte Dam but had an ankle twist that cut the hike short. Didn’t realize you could drive to it. Could you provide directions on how to find that road and the memorial site?

  6. Josie says:

    Hi Chris,
    My husband Addison was nice enough to provide these directions:
    Nimitz Hill from Agana side:
    Pass the Top of the Mar and the Navy housing, take first left, take first right, and follow road uphill. You’ll see the gate (has a restricted sign on it) on your left. Sometimes the gate is open and you can drive in, but if it’s locked you will have to park outside the gate, walk around the gate and walk along the road about a mile/mile & a half. The first paved left will lead you to the memorial. Good luck!

    • charlie says:

      hi josie
      My wife and i are visiting guam this year we will be there for a week or so,i have read that you have been to the korean 801 memorial,are you able to assist us or give more detail about directions to the memorial,please advise if you can help us out…thanks

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