Near Concord in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Port Chicago Naval Magazine
The first ship pulled up to the new 1,260 foot-long dock in December, 1942, and the job of loading munitions for the Pacific campaign began.
Following World War II, Port Chicago Naval Magazine became the major ordnance shipping center on the West Coast. Through here passed much of the ordnance used in Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf War I. Though storage on the site has ceased, the shipment of munitions through the base continues today.
1944 Pier One
Photograph of Port Chicago Naval Magazine in 1944. The town of Port Chicago is to the top right.
The docks here could - and still can - accommodate the largest ammunition carriers in the world.
Erected 2019 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansDisasters • War, World II.
Location. 38° 3.444′ N, 122° 1.812′ W. Marker is near Concord, California, in Contra Costa County. Memorial is on Port Chicago Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5110 Port Chicago Highway, Concord CA 94520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dangerous Work (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); (Port Chicago) Disaster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Only Train Stop in Clyde (approx. 2.4 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775-1776 (approx. 4.3 miles away); A Window into the Past (approx. 4.3 miles away); From an Accident to a Preserve (approx. 4.3 miles away); Dr. John Marsh (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
More about this marker. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is on the grounds of Military Ocean Terminal Concord. Access is restricted.
Also see . . . The Port Chicago Disaster Remembered -- Military.com. At 10:18 p.m., an explosion ripped apart the night sky. Witnesses said that a brilliant white flash shot into the air, accompanied by a loud, sharp report. Flashing like fireworks, smaller explosions went off in the cloud as it rose. Within six seconds, a deeper explosion (Submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.