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Port Chicago Naval Magazine Explosion, 1944: Online Documents Concerning Port Chicago Explosion

Parsons, William S. Memorandum on Port Chicago Disaster, Preliminary Data, 24 Jul. 1944, Box 671, World War II Command File, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington DC.

U.S. Naval Magazine Port Chicago, California. "Station Order 10-45." 17 Feb. 1945. In Selected Ammunition Depots, Volume 2 [World War II Administrative History #127-B, located in Rare Book Room, Navy Department Library, Naval Historical Center, Washington DC.].

U.S. Naval Magazine Port Chicago, California. "War Diary U.S. Naval Magazine Port Chicago, Calif." World War II War Diaries, Record Group 38, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park MD. [Portions of the War Diary covering July and August 1944].

U.S. Navy. 12th Naval District. Records of Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the U.S. Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, California, 21 July 1944. Includes a complete casualty list. [U.S. National Archives, Pacific Sierra Region, Record Group 181, 12th Naval District Commandant's Office, General Correspondence Series, 1946, Box: 7/12, Folder A17.25, Vol. 8]

US Navy. Bureau of Ordnance. "War Time History of U.S. Naval Magazine, Port Chicago, California." 5 Dec. 1945. In Selected Ammunition Depots, Volume 2 [World War II Administrative History #127-B, located in Rare Book Room, Navy Department Library, Naval Historical Center, Washington DC.].

US Navy. Press and Radio Release. "Commanding Officer Praises Negro Personnel Who Served at Port Chicago After Explosion Monday Night." 20 Jul. 1944. Box 57, World War II Command File, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC.


The Naval Historical Center gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Patrick Clancey in preparing these documents for posting on our website.

14 April 1999