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Meeting Rosie …

Martinez resident and man about town John Grubka (at right) meets with the world’s oldest park ranger, Rosie the Riveter Betty Reid Soskin, this past weekend during a gathering at the Concord Naval Weapons Station to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Port Chicago disaster. The explosion occurred July 17, 1944, when munitions detonated while being loaded onto a vessel. Three hundred and 20 sailors and civilians were killed, while 390 others were injured in the blast. Most of the fatalities were enlisted African-American sailors. (COURTESY / On File)

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