About the Book
Percy Robinson, 82, a Port Chicago seaman.
He survived the explosion which rocked the base on July 17, 1944, killing 320 men--202 of whom were black ammunition loaders. In the ensuing weeks, white officers were given leave time and commended for heroic efforts, whereas 328 of the surviving black enlistees including Percy Robinson were sent to load ammunition on another ship. When they refused, fifty men were singled out and charged--and convicted--of mutiny. It was the largest mutiny trial in U.S. naval history.