Veterans upset over plans to change name of Guadacanal airfield

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Veterans groups in Lorain are unhappy over news that the Henderson Field airport on Guadacanal -- named after a World War Two hero from Lorain -- may be renamed The Chrysanthemum after Japan's national flower.
Marine Corps Maj. Lofton Henderson was the first Marine pilot killed by the Japanese. Henderson died in an air attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier during the pivotal Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942.
A Japanese consulting group hired by the Solomon Islands government reportedly has proposed the name change to something symbolizing their country.
Jack LaVriha of Lorain, who serves as the president of the Lorain Memorial Association and is a past president of the Lorain Council of Veterans, says he plans to get in touch with U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown to see if anything can be done to stop the name change.
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