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Address: Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, CA
Phone Number: +1 925-838-0249
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A hard to reach National Memorial

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 March 2016
larbac67
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Concord,california
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Concord, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 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 alike. The Weapons Station is still actively loading and unloading live ammunition destined for military... More 

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Concord,california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 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 VICTORY style Naval ships loading ammunition for use in WW2 exploded killing over 300 sailors,... More 

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

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 Naval Magazine Memorial, it is worth the effort. The National Park Service has done a... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 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

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Concord, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 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 memorial is very nicely done, and our guide was great. You also get to check... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 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 it, although I heard the Army did try to cancel the commemoration as well because... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

Ranger Matt did an excellent job of presenting this story of the tragedy and its (for us) unappreciated place in history. We missed out when we last visited San Francisco because we didn't realize that reservations needed to be request two weeks in advance.

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