Nakagawa Wreaths Across America

Nakagawa Wreaths Across America

Event Date:
Dec 16, 2017  All Day Event
CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery / Arlington National Cemetery

Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship Fundraiser - Living Christmas Wreaths Through Wreaths Across America (WAA)

Event Date: Dec 16, 2017 - All Day Event

Location: CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery and Arlington National Cemetery

Help us decorate a Veteran's grave at Arlington or send a wreath to our California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery 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 program, is selling living wreaths to benefit the Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship for Marina High School. By purchasing a wreath through this program, $5 will go to the scholarship for every $15 wreath purchased.

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

To donate for single/multiple wreaths that will go directly to either cemetery scroll down to the bottom left of this link. 

The Patriot Pair (you buy one for yourself and one goes to a cemetery) is available from the WAA Store. The direct link is: Patriot-Pair.  Make sure you include the following information with your order:

Group ID: CA0058P

Fundraiser: Captain Gordon R Nakagawa Scholarship

and either ARLING (Arlington National Cemetery) OR  CACACV (California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery) for the location.

We are hoping 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.


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.