Francis Brown and William Noble honored in France, 1919.

The Song “Aloha Oe” is Heard in the Lands of France When Hawaiian Sons are Decorated with Honorary Medals.

[This is one of the articles from the page shown in the previous post, and you can see that the left column is mostly illegible. I can make out phrases like “the river Seine,” “gathered,” “American troops,” “General Petain,” “William K. Wells,” “Bwen,” “for their bravery,” “Noble of Honolulu”…]

…the cheeks of these boys, like what is customary of the French military; and that is when you immediately heard the song “Aloha Oe.”

And the crowd was awestruck as their fellow platoon members were watching attentively at what was being performed upon these Hawaiian boys.

And these Hawaiians became something great amongst their platoon, and then the band played French nationalistic songs.

These boys received much happiness, and so too did their families living here in Hawaii. Two youths, both native Hawaiians, they being Francis Brown and William Noble.

Hawaii is truly famous these days, and their great sea journey was worthwhile, they are still alive, received great honors, and made their parents and families happy.

And you, tiny Hawaii, amongst the great nations of the Earth, are elevated and made famous through the celebrated and fearless deeds of these Hawaiian boys.

(Aloha Aina, 3/28/1919, p. 1)

Lohe ia ka himeni Aloha oe ma na Kaiaulu o Farani ma ka Manawa i Hookau ia aku ai na kea Hoohanohano i Kekahi mau keiki Hawaii

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXXIV, Helu 12, Aoao 1. Maraki 28, 1919.

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2 thoughts on “Francis Brown and William Noble honored in France, 1919.

  1. Uncle Francis! Well, my great-uncle, actually. I believe that he drove an ambulance, and that he might have gotten involved even before the USA officially declared itself at war with Germany in April 1917.

  2. Also, I think that the word “Bwen” might be a misspelling of the name Frederico Biven, who also was from Hawaii and served in France too. He was a friend of Francis Brown.

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