Jul 17

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial to Become Newest National Monument Today

Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:05 AM


Sam Richards of the Contra Costa Times writes, “The National Park Service, in partnership with the U.S. Army and Friends of Port Chicago, will dedicate the newest national monument — by definition a national park “unit” — and honor all who served at Port Chicago Naval Base when two munitions ships and several boxcars exploded on July 17, 1944, north of Concord. Saturday is the 66th anniversary of the explosion that killed 320 men and injured nearly 400 others — the worst home front disaster of World War II.”

For more information and photos about the July 17, 1944 explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine explosion Base, please view our frequently asked question on the subject.

  • Jim Valle

    Summertime temperature in the Port Chicago area get into the 90’s just about every day. Imagine working explosive cargo in an unventilated Libery Ship hold with that pitiless California sun beating down on the decks and no clouds or rain in sight for months to come. Add to that a bunch of unsympathetic officers urging you to break loading time records in those conditions and you have a pretty good definition of a certain well known subterranean place.