Barnwell, Clifford, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Chemical Corps
Last Primary MOS
809-Decontaminating Equipment Operator
Last MOS Group
Chemical (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Private First Class

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Quay, Indian River County
Last Address
Dade County, Florida

Casualty Date
May 21, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
World War II
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Chemical Units
  1944-1944, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - American Theater/West Loch Explosions (1944)
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Last Known Activity
Private First Class Clifford Barnwell enlisted at Cap Blanding, Florida on 14 June 1941. 

He served with a Chemical Warfare unit, the 29th Decontamination Company, Schofield Barracks, Oahu. The unit had arrived on Oahu during the Summer of 1942.

He was killed on 21 May 1944, at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, Oahu Hawaii, while loading mortar ammunition aboard LST 353.  This ammunition subsequently exploded aboard LSTs destined for the invasion of Saipan (as part of Operation Forager).

There was a black out of news regarding this incident, though followed two months later by the Port Chicago Disaster in California, and the details of the tragedy remained shrouded in secrecy for many years.

LST 480 remains at the site where the explosions and fires occurred that Sunday afternoon. This incident came to be known as The West Loch Disaster.

T/5 Gibson was interred in Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Ridgeway, South Carolina in 1951.

"The West Loch Disaster was a previously secret American World War II maritime accident during which six ships docked at the West Loch peninsula in Pearl Harbor sank and 163 service members loading the vessels with munitions and supplies were killed. Operations at West Loch served as a staging area for ships in preparation for Operation Forager, the invasion of Japanese-held Mariana Islands. In addition to the Sailors and Marines that prepared the ships for the upcoming operation, Army personnel from the predominantly African-American 29th Chemical Decontamination Company also loaded the ships."
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