NPS tours of Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM: UPDATE
The MOTCO base is shut down to all visitors from 12/13/13 to 2/6/14. There are no tours of the memorial available until that time. All tours are requests until confirmed by NPS staff with a phone call or email. Call 925-228-8860 ext. 6520 for updates.
320 Americans Killed in WWII Naval Magazine Accident
On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theatre troops blew up. It was WWII's worst homefront disaster.
The Memorial is closed from 12/13/13 to 2/6/14.
The 69th Annual Commemoration of Port Chicago
Please join us on Saturday July 20, 2013 for the 69th anniversary commemoration of The Port Chicago explosion in Concord, CA. Click link for more.Read More
Kids! Learn more about Port Chicago and other civil rights stories by collecting trading cards.Read More
Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM Reservations
Tours are only available on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 1:30 PM. Access for tours is granted based on U.S. Army and NPS scheduling availability.Read More
National Memorial and National Memory
On October 28, 2009, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial became the 392nd unit of the National Park Service.Read More
Naval Historical Center
For more information on the 1944 Port Chicago explosion, visit the on-line Naval Historical Center at www.history.navy.milRead More
Did You Know?
Port Chicago National Memorial is not only a tribute to the 320 men who died in the WWII explosion, but it became the touchstone for desegrgation in the military.