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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

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We learned so much we didn’t know about the Port Chicago disaster during World War II. You must... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2018
Bill S
Huge amount of history in your own backyard.

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
Aaron P
Concord, California
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

We learned so much we didn’t know about the Port Chicago disaster during World War II. You must pre-register for the guided ranger tour. It was excellent.

Thank Bill S
Reviewed January 21, 2018

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to clear, but after that everything was a breeze. Take your camera, so much to see. The van ride from Martinez was a little awkward because we were...More

Thank Aaron P
Reviewed July 1, 2017

This is a place I knew NOTHING about but my son wanted to go. It turned out to be very interesting. The ranger we had was NOT as good as many I have come across in the park service, but he answered most questions

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Reviewed April 23, 2017

Port Chicago is another example of a quality NPS site made special by a caring, passionate ranger. Ranger Stephanie provided context for what could have been a simple stop, picture, leave, site. The reservation process was simple and accessing the base via John Muir NHS...More

Thank ssdirotm
Reviewed April 15, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Memorial last year on the day of the annual commemoration of the explosion that killed the crews of the ships being loaded and all of the dock workers present. It was a moving ceremony for military and civilians...More

Thank William D
Reviewed March 24, 2016

This memorial is a hard to reach location. It requires a ride there by the park rangers, You have to make an appointment first then arrive at the guard house to meet the ranger who will drive you to the spot. Back in 1944 2...More

Thank larbac67
Reviewed August 30, 2015

The Port Chicago ammunition disaster remains an almost hidden part of World War II history. The munitions explosion killed 300+ Naval and civilian personnel, mostly African-American. Although it is a bit cumbersome to get on a tour (I will explain later) to the Port Chicago...More

2  Thank N_skier
Reviewed June 11, 2015

Actually, the place is semi closed, but you can still see the old ammo bunkers from Highway 4. Wonder if anything still in them all closed off US Gov't property

Thank fghopkins
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Getting out here takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it. You meet a shuttle bus and Park Ranger at the gate and confirm your clearance. You then drive with the Ranger through MOTCO (Military Ocean Terminal Concord), which is an active base. The...More

Thank Nate G
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We tried several times to visit the memorial but each time the U.S. Army cancelled the planned visit. We got smart on our fourth try and decided to schedule our visit (you must schedule weeks in advance) for the 69th Annual Commemoration. We finally made...More

2  Thank Marietta P
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