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Looking for information on an explosion at Chicago Island some time after WW 2 and before the 1970's.
-- Nicholas Truske (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 07, 2004
Might that be Port Chicago? Big explosion at the U.S. Naval Magazine, Port Chicago on 17 July 1944.
Munitions, Munity, and Discrimination, the story was more then just a sad explosion. Here's a good read about it.
The explosion and later mutiny proceedings would help illustrate the costs of racial discrimination and fuel public criticism. By 1945, as the Navy worked toward desegregation, some mixed units appeared. When President Harry Truman called for the Armed Forces to be desegregated in 1948, the Navy could honestly say that Port Chicago had been a very important step in that process.
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