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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Created: 2019/05/19 05:28 AM         Last Updated: 2019/08/19 05:28 AM

Attraction Details Attraction Name:Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

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On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when the munitions ships they were loading with ammunition for the Pacific theatre troops blew up.

Reservations are required to visit this site.

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P.O. Box 280 Danville CA USA

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Reservations are required to visit the Memorial. All visitors are shuttled to the Memorial on National Park Service vehicles from the Concord Naval Weapons Station Identity (ID) Office.

Car:  From San Francisco, take Interstate 80 (Bay Bridge) to Hwy 4 East...from Berkeley & Oakland, take Interstate 80 West to Hwy 4 East...from San Jose or Walnut Creek, take Interstate 680 north to Hwy 242.  Exit at Port Chicago Hwy North. After passing under Hwy 4, go through 3 lights, pass the tan buildings on your right, make a right turn into visitor parking lot at Military Ocean Terminal Concord.

Airports: Accessible from Oakland International Airport, approx. 45 minutes; San Francisco International Airport, approx. 60 minutes; San Jose International Airport, approx. 90 minutes (estimated times are without traffic).