Largest Homeland Disaster During WWII
On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when the munitions ships they were loading with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops blew up. On October 28th, 2009, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial became the 392nd unit of the National Park Service.
Documentary: Into Forgetfulness
Please enjoy this educational and informative documentary about the Port Chicago Disaster. You may watch the video in high-definition by clicking on the "HD" at the bottom right of the video (after video starts) and then selecting "Broadband".
Podcast-The Port Chicago 50: An Oral History
Podcast Link: http://longhaulpro.org/port-chicago/
76th Anniversary - Virtual Commemoration
Archived from July 17th, 2020
On July 17th, 2020, the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial held a virtual commemoration that "Premiered" live on Facebook, Youtube, and a fully-accessible media platform. This event was held in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restricitons that prevented an in-person event to be held in a safe manner.
Whlle this 48-minute presentaton was created for this specific event, it is a timeless message that contains interviews and footage for those who want to learn more about the Port Chicago disaster and its impact on those who were affected.
You may access the archived footage at these links:
76th Anniversary- Virtual Commemoration
Youtube Premiere Link (High-res video with available captions)
Fully Accessible Player Link (CaptionSync Website -For those who need audio description)
Last updated: July 28, 2020