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The West Loch story : Hawaii's second greatest disaster in terms of casualties

by William L C Johnson

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An Important Work   (2011-04-11)

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by HannemanArchive

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of this book. No book had previously been written about the West Loch Disaster that claimed 163 lives at Pearl Harbor on May 21, 1944.

This is a story of incredible bravery of the Marines, sailors and soldiers who witnessed the "second Pearl Harbor." Little had been written of the disaster, due in large part to the "Top Secret" classification stamped on the incident by the U.S. Navy. By the time the records were declassified in 1962, that fateful day was faded from memory. Except for those who lived it.

What the book lacks in polished writing and formatting, it makes up for in the stories of survivors who witnessed the massive chain-reaction explosions that sank six tank landing ships. Many of the firsthand accounts have never been published elsewhere, sent to the author by survivors of West Loch.

Mr. Johnson did a great service for military historians, genealogists and World War II researchers.

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