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Address: Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, CA
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+1 925-838-0249
09:00 - 16:30
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 16:30

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Sad Site, Great Ranger

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... read more

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Bel Air, Maryland
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Bel Air, Maryland
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 was a breeze.

Thank ssdirotm
Concord, California
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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 

Thank William D
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 

Thank larbac67
Concord, California
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281 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 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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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

Thank fghopkins
Concord, CA
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Thank Ngraham
Huntsville, Alabama
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790 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
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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133 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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.

1 Thank cleichhorn

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