Nakagawa Scholarship Fundraiser Through Wreaths Across America

Nakagawa Scholarship Fundraiser Through Wreaths Across America

Event Date:
Nov 1 - Dec 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery / Arlington National Cemetery*
2900 Parker Flats Road
Seaside, CA 93955

Wreaths Across America Fundraiser For The Nakagawa Scholarship

Local Event Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. 

Location: CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery


Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship Fundraiser Through The Wreaths Across America Living Christmas Wreath Program

Help us decorate our new California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) this holiday season, raise funds for the Nakagawa scholarship - and get a wreath for your home too!


The Marina Foundation, through the Wreaths Across America (WAA) program, will be selling living wreaths to benefit the Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship for Marina High School. By purchasing a wreath through this program, WAA will donate $5 to the scholarship for every $15 wreath purchased.

The cutoff date to order online is Monday, November 27th.


To donate a single/multiple wreaths click on the red "Donate" button at the top right of this link. Choose the first option to purchase single/multiple wreaths.

The Patriot Pair (you buy one for yourself and one goes to a cemetery) is also available from the link above. Scroll down to "Pairs: Give a Wreath, Get a Wreath" and choose the "See All" option at the right. On the new page, you'll find the Patriot Pair (Pair a Wreath) on the last row, first option. You will not be able to select the cemetery but it will give credit to the Nakagawa Scholarship at check out "CA0058P-Capt Gordon Nakagawa Scholarship". 

We hope you will take part in this very worthy cause to honor Gordon Nakagawa as well as other veterans, and to support Marina High School.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your donation feel free to contact us.

We thank you for your support.


*The National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017. On that day volunteers will be laying wreaths at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and at cemeteries throughout the Country.


About Gordon R. Nakagawa, USN (Retired)

Captain Gordon Ross Nakagawa, USN (ret), was a career naval officer.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and the Naval Postgraduate School with an Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, where he also returned to teach in Operations Research.

Captain Nakagawa’s distinguished career as a naval officer included flying 185 combat missions during four combat deployments to Vietnam.  In December 1972, his aircraft was struck by enemy fire, resulting in him being detained as a prisoner of war in Hanoi.  He later became Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Pt. Mugu. He coordinated all major design competitions for Naval Aviation at Naval Air Systems Command, and in his final active duty assignment, was Chair for Tactical Analysis at Naval Postgraduate School Monterey.

During his service, Captain Nakagawa was awarded two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, two Meritorious Service Medals, Distinguished Marksman (Rifle) Medal, Distinguished Pistol Medal, POW Medal and various other campaign, service and individual awards.

He was elected to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board serving 8 1/2 years, and is a Board member Emeritus of Leadership Monterey Peninsula.  He was granted a Leadership Recognition Award from the California Association of Leadership Programs.  He is a 2000 California State University Monterey Bay Distinguished Fellow, a 2004 Monterey County Veteran of the Year, and 2006 Marina Citizen of the Year.

Through all his endeavors, he always strived for greater understanding and excellence.  Two $1,500 scholarships are awarded with regard to his dedication to his country, community and higher education.  The Marina Foundation takes great pride in awarding The Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarships.