West Loch Disaster – The Court Inquiry Report did not mention the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company (Negro)

Posted on June 4, 2014

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the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company (Negro) who lost their lives in the West Loch May 21, 1944 Naval Explosion of six LST Vessels.

the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company (Negro) who lost their lives in the West Loch May 21, 1944 Naval Explosion of six LST Vessels.

Article by Tina Quizon
June 4, 2014

The African American Soldiers that were on board the Navy LST 353 Vessel on MAy 21, 1944 in West Loch unloading Mortar at the time of the explosion of Six LST Navy Ships, no roster of this unit’s casualties was included in the Navy report. And as we marked the 70th year anniversary of this Naval Accident, there is no Honorary Placard with a list of the names of the casualties or any Marble commemoration plate to Honor the fallen Soldiers at Pearl Harbor – West Loch.

Ray Emory a Forensic Researcher and Volunteer has been working to identify and bring honor to the Soldiers of the 29th Unit, shared with us his findings, research and papers from the “the Company Morning Report dated 21 May”. While this may be an incomplete list of all the African American Soldiers of the the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company (Negro) who died that day, we would like to share it with you. In Honor of the African American Soldiers of the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company of the who gave their lives for our freedoms:

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Names of soldiers from the 29th Chemical Decontamination unit  (Negro) "West Loch Disaster May 21, 1944 (Page 5 ) Company Morning report

Names of soldiers from the 29th Chemical Decontamination unit (Negro) “West Loch Disaster May 21, 1944 (Page 5 ) Company Morning report

Through out History the brazen examples to deny and not honor African American’s contributions to Humanity. Hawaii’s forgotten Veterans- the Army 29th Chemical Decontamination Company (Negro) who perished in the West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944.

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