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Edward Waldrop: Port Chicago Oral History Project

Waldrop, Edward
Allen, Robert
Edward Waldrop: Port Chicago Oral History Project
In this interview, Edward Waldrop recalls his memories of Port Chicago before and after the explosion. He suggests that prejudicial standards left potential for sabotage, questionable behavior, and complications with the mutiny charges and trial following the Port Chicago explosion. He outlines his experience as an ammunition loader, his different base assignments, and the difficulties black soldiers faced in the service. Waldrop also details his experience after the explosion, his relocation to Camp Shoemaker, the subsequent trial and his time at FCI Terminal Island. He also offers updates on some fellow servicemen with whom he kept in contact.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
Port Chicago
Copyright Edward Waldrop 1977