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Martin Bordenave: Port Chicago Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Bordenave, Martin
Interviewer(s):
Allen, Robert
Title:
Martin Bordenave: Port Chicago Oral History Project
Abstract:
Martin Bordenave served as a Navy seaman at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine during World War II. After the explosion at the base, Bordenave, along with others, refused to return to work at Port Chicago, and was one of the fifty mutineers prosecuted in the trial that followed. In his interview with Robert Allen, Bordenave discusses his time working at Port Chicago, the events leading up to the strike and the subsequent trial, and the impact the conviction carried into his life, even after the Navy.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
1980
Project:
Port Chicago
Rights:
Copyright Martin Bordenave 1980