2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:46:13 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PRESERVATION, RACE: Port Chicago (CA) National Memorial
Port Chicago gains national park status

Peter Fimrite
San Francisco Chronicle
November 11, 2009

Betty Reid Soskin lost a bit of her innocence on July 17, 1944, the night a massive explosion ripped apart Port Chicago, killing 320 men, most of them black sailors.

It was the largest stateside disaster during World War II, but what really shook Soskin was the realization that some of the workers at the ill-fated weapons depot north of Concord had spent time at her home that afternoon, dancing at a party.

Those memories were dredged up recently when President Obama signed legislation making Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial the 392nd unit of the national parks system.

The designation was especially meaningful after the decades-long struggle to win recognition for the American sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country that day.


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Lenny Siegel
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