Thursday marks 75th anniversary of Depot explosion

Hermiston Herald - 03-20


It was a cool spring night March 21, 1944 when Kenneth Fraser took a crew of civilians out to igloo B-1014 at the Umatilla County Ordnance Depot just outside Hermiston. Fraser, age 40, had a wife and four children waiting for him at home in Irrigon. He had moved the family there from Idaho two years earlier, switching careers from logging to crew foreman at the Depot.