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Port Chicago Naval Magazine

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2019
1. Port Chicago Naval Magazine Marker
Photo: 1944 Pier One. Photograph of Port Chicago Naval Magazine in 1944. The town of Port Chicago is to the top right.
Inscription.  For more than a half-century, Port Chicago Naval Magazine has been a major port for the shipment of munitions to U.S. forces serving overseas. The Navy created the munitions-loading complex next to the town of Port Chicago as an annex to the Mare Island Naval Yard in Vallejo.
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.
 
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Port Chicago Naval Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2019
2. Port Chicago Naval Magazine Marker
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 6 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); Dr. John Marsh (approx. 4.8 miles away); Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (approx. 5 miles away); Bolla House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Elworthy House (approx. 5.3 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 erupted as the contents of the E.A. Bryan detonated in one massive explosion. (Submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Port Chicago Naval Magazine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2019
3. Port Chicago Naval Magazine
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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