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Plan to upgrade, expand West Loch munitions annex has neighbors on edge

  • AP / U.S. NAVY / NATIONAL ARCHIVES
                                On May 21, 1944, 34 amphibious landing ships were clumped together and being loaded with ammunition and fuel at Pearl Harbor when a chain-reaction explosion occurred, causing 163 deaths and 396 injuries.

    AP / U.S. NAVY / NATIONAL ARCHIVES

    On May 21, 1944, 34 amphibious landing ships were clumped together and being loaded with ammunition and fuel at Pearl Harbor when a chain-reaction explosion occurred, causing 163 deaths and 396 injuries.

In 1944 a munitions accident triggered an explosion that rocked West Loch, leaving 163 men dead and nearly 400 wounded in what is considered Pearl Harbor’s second-worst disaster in terms of fatalities. Read more

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