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Guard reclaims historic cannons from Iolani palace

Cpt., Sean Dodge, and Lt Col. Loren Penney commander 487th field Artillery access the condition of historical cannons before moving them to the Armory in Wahiawa Cpt., Sean Dodge, and Lt Col. Loren Penney commander 487th field Artillery access the condition of historical cannons before moving them to the Armory in Wahiawa

By: Michael Hanson

The Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) has reclaimed two historic 12-pound breach loading cannons.

Originally manufactured by the Driggs-Schroeder company, the cannons were received by Company D of the Republic of Hawaii National Guard in 1895. At the time, these weapons boasted what was then considered state of the art technology, including recoil absorption to aid in firing accuracy.

Sometime between the Spanish Civil War and World War I, the guns were decommissioned and housed in the now historic barracks at Iolani Palace. Sitting in silence in the barracks for nearly a century, the cannons have fallen into disrepair.

The Historical Society of Hawaii, along with the HIARNG, has decided to place the cannons with an agency that will appreciate their unique place in Hawaii's history, and have the technical ability to restore the units.

The First Battalion 487th field Artillery of the HIARNG will restore the guns through volunteer hours. They plan on displaying the guns at the National Guard armory in Wahiawa while using them as training tools for new infantry troops.

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