Some had survived the horrors of World War I and World War II only to return home and meet their demise in one of the most devastating disasters in American history. Some were immigrants from Mexico, Ireland and Czechoslovakia who worked as laborers, longshoremen, warehousemen and stevedores. One was just sixteen years old, working as a truck driver for his family’s business and another lingered for two months before succumbing to his grave injuries.
The day was April 16, 1947 and it began as a cool, beautiful and clear morning with no warning of an event that would change the landscape and history of Texas City, Texas. Just ten miles from Galveston, the town had burgeoned after World War II with returning veterans seeking employment. The Texas City Chamber of Commerce had used the slogans “Texas City: Port of Opportunity” and “Texas City: Heart of the Greatest Industrial Development in the Country” to attract businesses and workers.
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