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Chapter 9

Historical Record:
"The Port Chicago, California, Ship Explosion of 17 July 1944"

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Navy Armed Guard crew killed"'The many hundreds of pages of previously classified Government records that report the circumstances and physical manifestations of the Port Chicago explosion are composed, in the greater part, of extensively detailed data obtained by measurement of the actual, physical effects of the Port Chicago explosion. Those data and analyses of those data were necessary to confirm the Manhattan Project's mathematically modeled, theoretical forecasts of the destructive effects that would result from the use of atomic bombs designed to accomplish military objectives, tactical and strategic."

Photo Credit
Twenty-five of the 30 men of the Navy Armed Guard crew
of the E.A. Bryan killed in the explosion.
Courtesy of Thomas R. Bowerman,