• Port Chicago Naval Magazine. Design: Luther Bailey

    Port Chicago Naval Magazine

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  • PORT CHICAGO NM CLOSURE

    Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM is currently open from August 4th - 19th, 2014. For tours, reservations are required at least one week in advance.

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 theater troops blew up. It was WWII's worst home front disaster.

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Port Chicago National Memorial

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is located on 5 acres at Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) a semi-active military base of 7.600 acres.