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The Port Chicago 50: An Oral History

Jul 17, 2019
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Seventy-five years ago, today, on July 17th, 1944, two Liberty ships anchored at the Port Chicago Munitions Case near San Francisco, exploded. 390 men were injured. 320 men died. It was the worst homefront disaster of World War II.

Brittany Bare / My Life, My Stories

Karen Van Dine’s story is one installment of the senior oral histories in our My Life, My Stories series. Karen came to California for personal healing and found herself in San Francisco: a city like no other she had ever experienced. Working as prayer counselor in a healing circle at a gay ministry in the Castro - Karen’s personal and professional relationships were steeped in the love and loss that came out of the tragic circumstances of the AIDS epidemic.

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According to a study released this spring by San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services, almost 30% of San Francisco residents will be age 60 or older by 2030. And almost 30% of seniors are living alone.