Anderson, Maxie Lee, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 110X, Port Chicago
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Timmonsville, SC
Last Address
Timmonsville, SC

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
Location of Interment
Lake Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery - Darlington County, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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In the Line of DutyUnited States Navy Memorial
  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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US Navy
  1943-1944, 110X, Port Chicago
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Furman University
  1930-1934, Furman University1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 30, 1941, Service Entry Date
  Jul 17, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the evening of July 17th, 1944, at the Port Chicago Naval Munitions base located on San Francisco, the largest state-side military disaster of WWII occurred, killing 320 men and injuring another 390 men on the base. Two transport ships, the E.A. Bryan and the Quinault Victory were completely destroyed. The small town of Port Chicago, only 30 miles from San Francisco, also suffered tremendous damage. Chunks of smoldering metal weighing hundreds of pounds and even un-detonated bombs rained down upon the community, damaging over 300 structures and injuring over 100 people. Miraculously, none of the bombs exploded, and no residents of the town of Port Chicago were killed. By sheer size of the blast, the Port Chicago explosion was as large as a 5-kiloton bomb.  Bay

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Of the 320 men who lost their lives on the base, 202 of them were black. And of the additional 390 men injured, 233 were black. Many of these black naval seamen volunteered in the United States Navy expecting, and some even hoping, to see action on the front lines of the war. They went through segregated boot camp, applied to training schools, and graduated as full seamen in the United States Navy.

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