Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Concord

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Monument
The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is a memorial dedicated in 1994 recognizing the dead of the Port Chicago disaster, and the critical role played by Port Chicago, California during World War II, in serving as the main facility for the Pacific Theater of Operations. The memorial is located at the Concord Naval Weapons Station near Concord, California, in the United States.

The 1944 Port Chicago disaster occurred at the naval magazine and resulted in the largest domestic loss of life during World War II. 320 sailors and civilians were instantly killed on July 17, 1944, when the ships they were loading with ammunition and bombs exploded. The majority of the deaths were African American sailors working for the racially segregated military. The explosion and its aftermath led to the largest Naval mutiny in US history, and it and the subsequent trial became major catalysts for the United States Navy to desegregate following the war.
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  • It's a darn shame that Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is one of the five least-visited units in the entire 419-unit National Park System, officially logging fewer than 700 visitors in....  more »
  • In 1980 I was stationed at Concord Naval Weapons Station. I knew of the explosion at Port Chicago in 1942 as it was part if our training & why my unit existed. In 1997 the Port Chicago National...  more »
  • Well informed guides. So sad our real history is not being taught in schools. So thankful our national parks are preserving and protecting it.
  • If you get the opportunity to visit, do it, even if you aren't doing the National Parks Passport. This is a sadly little-known piece of history that changed many things: segregation in society, workplace safety, proper training of one's job, and more. It's beautiful and simple; a memorial to those who lost their lives helping to support their fellow servicemembers fighting in the Pacific theater.

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