Sunday, May 19, 2019

On October 13, 1941, a fire started in a dynamite and ammunition shed, near the Japonski end of the Ft. Ray causeway. The Ft. Ray U.S. Army Firefighting detail was called, responded, and were manning the fire truck when the shed and content exploded.  This explosion resulted in the death of 5 service men, and 1 Army officer. It also caused injuries to many other service people and civilians on the island.

Firefighters killed in this explosion, and now remembered and honored on the walls of this Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial are:

Captain Francis C. Allen, Army

Private Ralph Kirkbride, Army

Private Frank C. Hayton, Army

Private Hedley C. Estabrook, Army

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