Behind the Barbed Wire

Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord

Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord

Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord 

By John Keibel

Published by the author with underwriting by the City of Concord, 2009

Behind the Barbed Wire takes you behind a fence that for more than 60 years contained Naval Weapons Station Concord (initially known as Naval Magazine Port Chicago). While the history of the nation’s “largest West Coast ammunition transshipment port” stands on its own–national defense, Port Chicago Explosion, and high science–there is more.

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Introduction and Timeline

Chapter 1: Setting and Birth (pre-1950)

Chapter 2: Formative Years (1950s – 1960s)

Chapter 3: Middle Years (1970s – 1980s)

Chapter 4: Declining Years (1990s – 2005)

Chapter 5: People

Native Americans
Life in Bay Point/Port Chicago
Farmers and Families East of Concord
Employees and Personnel

Chapter 6: Details

Station Organization
Leadership and Workforce
Station Facilities
Noteworthy Events and Projects
Tenant Activities and Related Installations
Ammunition Ships (AEs)

Behind the Barbed Wire includes more than 250 photographs and maps and a full index. 349 pages

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