- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A plaque remembering World War II servicemen killed in a plane crash on Kodiak Island has been installed at a trailhead near the wreckage site.

The Kodiak Veterans Outreach group recently placed the memorial at Sharatin Trail to recognize the 1942 crash that left seven men dead and one injured, the Kodiak Daily Mirror newspaper reported this week.

A Douglas B-18A crashed at Sharatin Mountain shortly after takeoff from what was then called Naval Air Station Kodiak. The wreckage remains near the top of the mountain west of the city of Kodiak.

Leonard Martin learned of the crash after stumbling upon the site while hunting on the mountain in 1990.

“It took me awhile to notice it while I was up there,” Martin said. “I would hunt up by there, and then one day I looked over, and I’m like, ‘Look at the size of that boulder.’”

The rock turned out to be a motor of the military plane. Martin said he later learned the history of the crash and has since visited the site several times. He also has retrieved a few items from the plane.

“I found an ammo belt and a couple of little instruments that I thought were interesting,” Martin said. “All the bullets had popped. They all exploded because they had so much fuel - it was so hot, it melted the aluminum. It doesn’t look like a plane crash.”

Martin said he wanted to do something to remember the servicemen, but a plan for a memorial didn’t come into place until after he joined the outreach group in 2016.

“It took us awhile, but we’ve completed our mission by acknowledging that these guys died by serving their country. . I feel better now,” Martin said.


Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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