|Death: ||May 21, 1944|
It happened on May 21, 1944 on a Sunday afternoon. Crews were preparing 29 landing tank ships in the harbor's West Loch, loading ammunition, vehicles and fuel for the invasion of Saipan.
"At 3:08 p.m., an explosion suddenly ripped through lst 353," said Chief Historian Daniel Martinez.
Harry Horn recalled, "We heard the explosion and we felt the explosion as the ship lifted up and banged down! I remember being hearing cut the lines, cut the lines and just get the hell out of here! Get out of here!"
It was a chain reaction, there was explosion after explosion. Harry Horn and his crew escaped but others aboard the ships tied together, did not.
"In a matter of moments, a quiet Sunday had been turned into a cauldron of death and horror," said Martinez.
163 men were killed and 396 were wounded, but the rest of the world was never told what happened until 16 years later.
Today, the story of the tragedy at West Loch lives on at a special monument at Pearl Harbor so that everyone can understand the honor and great sacrifice of the greatest generation.
This "Unknown" is one of those from the greatest generation who served his country well and sacrificed his life for freedom.
Godspeed . . .
Note: No other headstone photo is required for this memorial. Thank you.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Created by: Zuzu*s Petals
Record added: Dec 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45253194
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