The deadliest World War II disaster in the US happened at Port Chicago, near San Francisco. Three hundred twenty sailors and civilians were killed at the Navy base on July 17, 1944 when ammunition they were loading onto ships suddenly blew up. After the explosion, fifty of the surviving black servicemen were imprisoned for mutiny after they refused to keep working in unsafe conditions. A memorial service at Port Chicago will mark the disaster, Saturday. Christopher Johnson spoke with one survivor, and a group that's trying to bring more attention to the men who served there.
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