NPS Tour at Port Chicago
Tours of the memorial are dependent of NPS staffing and access granted by the U.S. Army. The memorial may be closed by the army at any time. Tours are usually available Thurs., Fri., and Sats. at 1:30 PM.
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.
Did You Know?
After the Port Chicago explosion on July 17, 1944, where more than 5000 tons of TNT went off, the deepwater harbor and piers were completely destroyed. Surprisingly, the harbor and pier were back up and running in a month.