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Ceremony honors those lost in the 1944 West Loch Disaster on Oahu

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                                A three-round rifle volley was performed Friday during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The event celebrated the life and memories of victims of the West Loch Disaster, which happened in 1944.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A three-round rifle volley was performed Friday during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The event celebrated the life and memories of victims of the West Loch Disaster, which happened in 1944.

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                                Prince Hall Masons Grand Master Joaquin M. Diaz, right, presented a wreath during the ceremony.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Prince Hall Masons Grand Master Joaquin M. Diaz, right, presented a wreath during the ceremony.

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                                U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Wilson speaks on Friday.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Wilson speaks on Friday.

The West Loch Disaster, sometimes known as the “second Pearl Harbor,” involved a munitions accident that took place nearly 80 years ago on May 21, 1944, when a chain of explosions and fires killed or injured hundreds of soldiers. Read more

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