A. D. Hamilton, Lawrence Matthews, James
Bridges, and Leroy Hughes are the names of just four of the 320 sailors that died in the Port Chicago disaster.
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion occurred at the ammunition depot of
Port Chicago. It was the worst home front disaster in World War II.
Over 10,000 tons of explosives detonated, sinking two ships and killing
over 300 sailors, most of whom were African-American.