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July 17, 1944

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An explosion while loading munitions onto a cargo vessel at the military depot at Port Chicago, California, kills 320 and injures nearly 400 sailors (mostly African-American enlisted men who were part of a segregated unit) and civilians. Following the disaster, many of the surviving sailors refused to resume loading munitions, citing unsafe working conditions. Fifty men were convicted of mutiny and received 15-year sentences. It was the largest mass mutiny trial in U.S. history. (Photo: Freddie Meeks, one of the “Port Chicago 50.”)

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2 thoughts on “July 17, 1944

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  2. vivian williams on said:

    I am so sorry I am only just learning of this atrocity, I feel that it should have been part of my military knowledge. I care so much about all the soldiers who fought for my country in every war and battle. It is the young who fight/die for our freedoms – and it is our duty to remember them with love, respect, and pride. The raw bravery of these men to stand up against such odds, I always wonder if I would have had such courage. THANK GOD for these soldiers, the fighters of the civil rights movement, and the young rebels for their tremendous bravery which has made life better for those of us fearful conformists. We Will Not Forget.

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