World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area

World War II dominated the social, economic and political landscapes of the mid-20th century, setting in motion momentous events that still shape the world we live in today. The communities that ring the San Francisco Bay were irrevocably altered by that wartime era and still bear its visible marks in the remains of military bases and coastal defense fortifications, ships and shipbuilding facilities, worker housing and day-care facilities. This travel itinerary highlights historic places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that reflect the San Francisco Bay Area's role in the "Arsenal of Democracy."

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The Role of Women During World War II

Learn about the role women in the San Francisco Bay Area played supporting the war effort at home and abroad.

Last updated: January 8, 2024