Freddie Meeks

 

 

 

Age: 83

 

Summary: one of the 50 black sailors stationed at Port Chicago during World War II who were convicted of mutiny and imprisoned in 1944 after refusing to report back to work after an explosion in the shipyard killed 320 soldiers (202 of those killed were black and the surviving white soldiers were sent home on leave), but who was offered and accepted a pardon by President Clinton in 1999 (the only one of the living 50 to accept).

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes, heart failure and gangrene

 

Born: October 24, 1919

 

Died: June 19, 2003

 

Location: Los Angeles, California