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West Loch disaster 80 years ago prompted military reforms

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A ceremony honoring the 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster was held Tuesday. Above, sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam attended the ceremony. Holding the wreath, which was to be set afloat, was Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Elijah Reid with Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Maxwell Beers, Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Dugan and others following behind.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

A ceremony honoring the 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster was held Tuesday. Above, sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam attended the ceremony. Holding the wreath, which was to be set afloat, was Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Elijah Reid with Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Maxwell Beers, Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Dugan and others following behind.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Attendees held a salute, above, while taps played marking Tuesday’s 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster involving an explosion that killed 163 men and injured 400. Sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor­-Hickam attended the ceremony.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Attendees held a salute, above, while taps played marking Tuesday’s 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster involving an explosion that killed 163 men and injured 400. Sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor­-Hickam attended the ceremony.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The rusted debris of LST-480 sits in Waipio Peninsula Tuesday. LST-480 is one of the six Landing Ship Tank troop carriers destroyed during the West Loch disaster 80 years ago and the last to remain in place.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

The rusted debris of LST-480 sits in Waipio Peninsula Tuesday. LST-480 is one of the six Landing Ship Tank troop carriers destroyed during the West Loch disaster 80 years ago and the last to remain in place.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A ceremony honoring the 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster was held Tuesday. Above, sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam attended the ceremony. Holding the wreath, which was to be set afloat, was Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Elijah Reid with Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Maxwell Beers, Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Dugan and others following behind.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Attendees held a salute, above, while taps played marking Tuesday’s 80th anniversary of the West Loch disaster involving an explosion that killed 163 men and injured 400. Sailors from several units on Joint Base Pearl Harbor­-Hickam attended the ceremony.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The rusted debris of LST-480 sits in Waipio Peninsula Tuesday. LST-480 is one of the six Landing Ship Tank troop carriers destroyed during the West Loch disaster 80 years ago and the last to remain in place.