A small story hit the wires a few days ago about the passing of 96 year old Eroni Kumana, the man who saved Kennedy and his PT-109 crew in The Solomon Islands during WW2. We all know the story of this hero who taught Kennedy to carve a Coconut reading "NARURU ISL-COMMANDER-NATIVE LNOS POS'IT-HE CAN PILOT-11 ALIVE-NEED SMALL BOAT....KENNEDY
It became Kennedy's favorite keepsake featured proudly on his Oval Office desk. He was invited to Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and received a plane ticket paid for by the Kennedy family. When he arrived at the airport, he was told that due to being uneducated, they did not want him representing the islands at such an important event. Kennedy learned this later and was livid. Mr. Kumana lived with no electricity, telephone or running water, but left his mark on the history of the world, August 6, 1943.