Camp Fuji remembers Marines killed in 1979 blaze ignited by largest typhoon on record

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A Marine salutes during a remembrance ceremony Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, for 13 Marines killed in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan, in October 1979. (CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)
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A Marine salutes during a remembrance ceremony Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, for 13 Marines killed in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan, in October 1979. (CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)

Camp Fuji remembers Marines killed in 1979 blaze ignited by largest typhoon on record

by: Christian Lopez | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 20, 2018

CAMP FUJI, Japan — Marines and Japanese citizens observed a moment of silence Friday for 13 Marines killed in a blaze nearly four decades ago at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji.

The annual ceremony remembers a night in October 1979 when Typhoon Tip — the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded, according to The Weather Channel — created a living nightmare for nearly 1,200 Marines and sailors bunkered down in Quonset huts on base.

During those days, Camp Fuji hosted a farm that stored 5,000 gallons of fuel in rubber bladders behind the huts on higher ground, according to a speaker at Friday’s ceremony. Tip’s destructive winds, which reached up to 190 mph, ruptured one of the containers, causing fuel to gush down the hill and into the huts.

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