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Robert Routh: Port Chicago Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Routh, Robert
Interviewer(s):
Allen, Robert
Title:
Robert Routh: Port Chicago Oral History Project
Abstract:
Robert Routh was born and raised in Tennessee, and volunteered for the US Navy at age seventeen in 1942. Routh was one of many black navy men responsible for loading ammunition onto ships during World War II at Port Chicago Naval Magazine near Concord, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Routh lost his vision from permanent injury when there was an explosion at Port Chicago in 1944. He speaks about his experience with the VA and pursuing an education, as well as keeping in touch with fellow survivors.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
1978
Project:
Port Chicago
Rights:
Copyright Robert Routh 1978