January 25, 1943

Blast in River Kills Sailor
CHICAGO, Ill.—A Navy patrol boat exploded while moored in the Chicago River two days ago. The blast killed one sailor and injured four others. Three other craft caught fire in the explosion, but fire boats from the city and coast guard along with navy men were able to save those craft. The one-hundred-and-two-foot patrol boat sank after the explosion. Windows in several nearby buildings were shattered by the blast. The injured sailors were taken to navy and marine hospitals. The body of the sailor was recovered after the river was dragged. The names of the injured and killed would be released after next of kin have been notified, the navy public relations office said.

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