Coffee, Eugene, Jr., S1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, Port Chicago
Service Years
- 1944
Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jul 17, 1944
 
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section L Site 8306

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


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On July 17, 1944 the largest domestic wartime disaster in American history occurred. An explosion ripped through the Port Chicago area, killing more than 300 and injuring another 350 workers. Two ships, the S.S. Quinault Victory and the S.S. E.A. Bryan were shredded. Windows as far as fifty miles away were shattered while one ship’s anchor was tossed nearly one-half mile. Eyewitnesses reported a “shining white flash” and a “great doughnut of flame.” The former gold rush town was decimated. Across the bay in San Francisco, many feared a major earthquake had just occurred. He was among those missing. Reports stated that many of those present at the time of the explosion simply just “ceased to be.”
   
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, Port Chicago
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
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