The soldiers, six from Hawaii, survived a three-hour ambush. The medals are the first awarded to 100th soldiers for valor in Iraq.
A support network in Waipahu helps lift children and parents out of crisis together.
The "Pearl Harbor Avenger," launched on Dec. 7, 1942, is well preserved.
Hawaii's underclassmen honor the seniors by beating San Diego State.
More snowbirds from north of the U.S. are flocking to the islands amid an improved exchange rate and hurricane damage at other popular destinations.
President Bush has asked for "time and patience" in achieving the goals of a stable and democratic Iraq.