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Fort Hancock and the WACs

WACs receive good conduct medal.

Fort Hancock WACs receive good conduct medal outside Barracks 25, 1944.

NPS/Gateway NRA

The following are the materials needed for this lesson plan.

Fort Hancock and the WACs Lesson Plan, pdf

One Wac's Story, pdf

WAC brochure, pdf

Oral History interview, hosted by Monmouth University, Real Player

This interview is with Loretta Reilly Hoffman, a WAC stationed at Fort Hancock. (File will take time to load.)

Photo of Loretta Reilly Hoffman, 1945.

(courtesy of Hoffman family)

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Cyclists on Floyd Bennett Field.

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