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I am new at this so please forgive me. My father is searching for ship board personal that were brought to West Lock after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was 13 at the time and he is looking for Marines that were stationed there along with civilians.

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Hi David,

My father related the story to me that he and his brother put their fingers in the bullet holes that were in the jeeps at West Loch. He questioned the Marines returning from patrol if they had recieved the damage by the Japanese aircraft during the attack. They retorted in a non gentle manner that they had been shot at after the attack from the sugar cane fields. Does anyone know of other accounts simuliar in nature?

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Hi Joyce,
Yes, storys abound about the sugar cane fields west of Pearl, near the Ewa Mooring Mast Field...

One unique sad action dominates is that Sgt William Edward Lutschan, Jr, was summarily executed by his fellow Marines in those cane fields because he had a German sounding name.

In their defense, te fellow Marines suggested he burnt some of the cane in the shape of an arrow "toward" Pearl Harbor, or even that Lutschan fired on his own. This "claim" was quickly refuted, but the tales continue to crop forth to suggest that OTHERS fired on the Marines which caused his death.

Lutschan is buried at the Golden Gate Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
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Hi David,
Thanks for the stories. I am interested in all the incredible accounts of that day. Such bravery our men showed. I am so proud of our Veterans. Men fought and died to keep us free. These same men made my father and grandparents safe where safety did not seem possible. The young seventeen year old Marine cleaning his WWI issue rifle was prepared to protect the family he was assigned to, my family.

Vernon Taylor, thank you for writing me. Vernon was a Marine stationed at Fort Kamehameha he answered my inquires, looking for West Loch Marines. Vernon mentioned he could not see West Loch due to smoke. I have a question, my father said he remembered the color of the smoke being red and it covered everything. He has never seen anything like it since, including action in Vietnam. Did anyone else observe this? David, thank you for this site, thank you Veterans.

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Hi Joyce,
I appreciate Angie's site, too! Thank you for sharing Vernon's memory and that of your dad! Would you contact Vernon, as I would like select answers about particular moments in that area? TIA!

I well can understand the red color of the smoke...the bomb explodes anywhere in Oahu's soil,  and the red volcanic dust would color the sky as the smoke carried a ways! I did some "walks in the park" on the Waianae and Koolau Mountain Ranges and the red mud (I got caught in the rain on the mountains) invaded every item of clothing and my boots were still red months later!
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