Blackman, Thomas Lewis, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 111X, Port Chicago
Service Years
1940 - 1944

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Home Town
Ozark, AL
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
Location of Interment
Cottonwood City Cemetery - Cottonwood, Alabama
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On the evening of July 17th, 1944, at the Port Chicago Naval Munitions base located on San Francisco Bay, 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.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)School Assignments - StaffUS NavyNAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
NAVSTA Great Lakes, IL
  1940-1941, SA-0000, CNO - OPNAV
  1941-1941, 00-0000, Naval Reserve Midshipmen School, Northwestern University
  1941-1942, 110X, Commander, U. S. Naval Patrol Squadrons
  1942-1942, 111X, Submarine Chaser Training Center (SCTC)
  1942-1942, 111X, USS No Name (PC-466)
  1942-1943, 111X, Panama Canal Zone
  1943-1943, 111X, USS No Name (PC-625)
  1943-1943, 111X, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
  1943-1944, 111X, NAVSTA Great Lakes, IL
  1944-1944, 111X, Port Chicago
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
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Auburn University
  1931-1935, Auburn University
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