Port Chicago Naval Magazine

July 17, 1994 – Port Chicago Naval Magazine Established As A National Park

On July 17, 1994, fifty years after 320 men were killed by the largest domestic disaster of World War II, Port Chicago was established as a U.S. National Park.

The park serves as a memorial to the many servicemen that died within one of the largest non-nuclear explosions within the United States.

Within the Port Chicago National Park, is a piece of a destroyed ship from the explosion that occurred within the area.

A boxcar built in July 1945, after the Port Chicago explosion, is within a former V shaped munitions storage area, called a revetment.

In present day, the park is within a military base which transports bombs overseas. No visitors are allowed when bombs are being transported on site.

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