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To: Phsstpok
It was a tragic accident involving a cargo ship loaded with conventional munitions.

The work crew was all black enlisted men with white officers.

The investigation led ultimately to reforms in duty assignments for black Americans. Loading ammo was plenty dangerous - they wanted to get into combat.
3 posted on 07/17/2004 7:25:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("A republic, if we can revive it")
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To: BenLurkin; SAMWolf; PAR35
It was a tragic accident involving a cargo ship loaded with conventional munitions.

I've known the story of Port Chicago for years. I was really pleased a couple of years ago when JAG did an episode about clearing the name of one of the "mutineers" as a way to tell the story. And I think they did a pretty good job.

This report is the first time I've heard the alternate "theory" and I normally don't buy into tin foil hat stuff, however, this is pretty consistent information and the bona fides of the main proponent of this theory (a student of Edward Teller - Dr. Strangelove himself) are pretty impressive.

I don't buy it, anymore than I buy the "philadelphia experiment" crap, but I can't dismiss it the way I can other such stories. Particularly not with current evidence of higher than background radiation in an area consistent with the fall out from a low yield test device and the high incidence of cancers in the same area. I lived in the Bay Area for about 5 years and remember lots of speculation about the high cancer rates in that area.

5 posted on 07/18/2004 4:38:21 AM PDT by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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