As World War II began, the Samoa islands were an essential link in the chain of communications between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Fiberglass Figure of a Samoan Marine With Sculpted Hair, Natural Paint + Clothing
Designer: Naval Historical Foundation
Client: Naval Historical Foundation
On January 20, 1942 natives of Samoa were recruited to form a Samoan Marine Brigade known as Maligi Samoa that consisted of 350 men. This statue commemorates the assistance the Samoans gave to the US during WWII. The Samoa islands played an important role as well by protecting trade routes and safeguarding communication links to American allies in the South.
The final statue would have the regulation Samoan Marine uniform as shown in the historical photographs.