Chastain, Claude Lewis, S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
SN-0000-Seaman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USN Armed Guard
Service Years
1943 - 1944
SN-Seaman
Seaman First Class

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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Brooks, OR
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
 
Location of Interment
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UNIDENTIFIED DEAD AND MISSING

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Last Known Activity

He was on the Killed on the Transport Ship SS E. A. Bryan as US Navy Armed Guard 

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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