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The Texas City Disaster 1947: Changing Lives in a Heartbeat

By Cheryl Lauersdorf Ross On the morning of April 16, 1947, the SS Grandcamp, surrounded by refineries and chemical plants near the Texas City docks, exploded with a force compared to the Nagasaki atomic bomb, taking the lives of nearly 600 people and injuring thousands more. When a catastrophe like this strikes, reports focus on […]

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Blue-Water Ships, Brown-Water Bayou: Wartime Construction 1941-1945

Long before its formal entry into the Second World War in December 1941, the United States was actively supporting Great Britain and its allies in the struggle against Germany through the Lend-Lease program and other efforts. Part of this assistance was the U.S. Maritime Commission’s decision in late 1940 to accept a contract to build […]

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Houston Remembers World War II

Volume 2, Number 2

Houston Remembers World War II Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 2005) Download PDF Letter from Editor Joe Pratt AT WAR Memorials and Memories By Joseph A. PrattThe Cruiser Houston: Peacetime Icon,Wartime Martyr By Jim SayeReinventing Houston: Mexican Americans of the World War II GenerationBy Maggie Rivas-RodriguezFacing History – CREW: The Men of the USS Texas […]

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