West Coast Dock
In World War II the Army ran a global logistics system, a key part of which was transoceanic shipping. Between December 1941 and December 1945 the Army moved over 132 million measurement tons of cargo overseas by ship. San Francisco, one of ten key ports used by the Army, was the primary port of embarkation for the Central, South, and Southwest Pacific Areas. In December 1941 it handled more tonnage than any port in the United States, and its wartime total of 25 million tons was second only to the 38 million tons shipped from the port of New York.