On 20 December 2019, the President signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, a part of which addresses the 1944 Port Chicago Explosion and subsequent court-martial of surviving sailors for refusing to resume loading ammunition. Section 540N of the bill reads: “The American people should recognize the role of racial bias during the era in which the prosecution and convictions of the Port Chicago 50 took place for mutiny . . . and in light of the well-documented challenges associated with uniformed service by African Americans during this era, the Secretary of the Navy should, as appropriate, recommend executive action in favor of the 49 remaining Sailors with general court-martial convictions and the 207 remaining Sailors with summary court-martial convictions.”
1. United States v. McDaniels, 50 M.J. 407 (C.A.A.F. 1999) (order to not drive personal vehicle after diagnosis of narcolepsy).