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West Loch Disaster victims remembered

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A crew from the USS Michael Murphy destroyer circled and stood vigil, above, during the ceremony. A wreath was laid about 300 yards from the rusted remains of LST-480 on Friday during the commemoration.

  • Deloris Guttman, historian:

    “People of African descent never gave up — they were there to help our country and to win the war and to give whatever they needed to do, and we can see it right here at Pearl Harbor.”

  • U.S. NAVY

    On May 21, 1944, a fire spread through West Loch at Pearl Harbor, claiming the lives of hundreds of military personnel and sinking six ships.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Capt. Mark Manfredi, chief of staff of Navy Region Hawaii, delivered a speech Friday before the wreath-laying near the remains of LST-480.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    At Pearl Harbor during World War II, a fire spread through the West Loch, claiming the lives of 163 Navy personnel and sinking six ships. Laying a wreath about 300 yds from the rusted remains of the USS LST-480, the LGT William B. Bunker commemorated that day. Senior Airman Stephen Lewis , far left, Seaman Sawyer Mundorf, Lance Corporal Lucas Mallek, BMSN Brieana Vermillion, and PV2 Monique Engman, participate in wreath-laying.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    At Pearl Harbor during World War II, a fire spread through the West Loch, claiming the lives of 163 Navy personnel and sinking six ships. Laying a wreath about 300 yds from the rusted remains of the USS LST-480, the LGT William B. Bunker commemorated that day. Historical photo from fire.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    At Pearl Harbor during World War II, a fire spread through the West Loch, claiming the lives of 163 Navy personnel and sinking six ships. Laying a wreath about 300 yds from the rusted remains of the USS LST-480, the LGT William B. Bunker commemorated that day. Historical photo from fire.

Seventy-two years ago today, 34 amphibious landing ships were clumped together in Pearl Harbor’s far end and being loaded in preparation for Operation Forager and the invasion of Guam, Saipan and Tinian. Read more

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