During an annual North Miami Beach history tour, military buff Bruce Lamberto visited his father’s gravesite at Caballero Rivero Southern Memorial Park in neighboring North Miami.
That’s when he saw the tombstone of U.S. Marine Cpl. Howard Bryce Hinson, a North Miami Beach veteran who died in the Battle of Iwo Jima, a pivotal offensive during World War II that was one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine history.
Hinson was 20 years old.
Lamberto reached out to City of North Miami Beach officials, and thus began his effort to honor Hinson. On Monday, North Miami Beach will dedicate a quarter-acre park located on 160th Street and Northeast 14 Avenue and name it after Hinson.
“We seem to name things after politicians whether they are good or bad,” said Lamberto, whose father George Lamberto is a World War II veteran who died in 2003. “In this case, I thought it would be appropriate to name the park to honor those who faced the ultimate sacrifice.”
Hinson’s brother, Don, and his son will fly in from Colorado to witness the dedication. He has not been to North Miami Beach in years.
“I think it is wonderful,” said the 83-year-old Don, who served two tours in Vietnam. “My brother loved his country and was willing to defend it like so many others. It is nice that the City of North Miami Beach is doing this.”
Hinson enlisted in the Marines when he was 18 in 1942. The United States had entered World War II after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
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