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Sandy Hook People

The Fort Hancock Oral History Program consists of over 100 interviews with people who either lived or worked at Sandy Hook. These interviews were conducted by park staff and Monmouth University student interns over several years

Andy Daino

Museum Curator Mary Rasa with Andy Daino

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Most of the people of Sandy Hook worked for the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Lighthouse Service and Life-Saving Service. Family members also lived, shopped and attended school here.

Interviews consist of personal stories and opinions that may contain factual errors. Items written in parenthesis are editorial notes. In a few rare instances, objectionable or offensive comments have been edited or removed.

Click on the links below to view interviews.

Before and During World War I

Fort Hancock Between Wars

World War II at Fort Hancock

Cold War at Fort Hancock

Families of Fort Hancock

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Volunteers restoring historic aircraft

Each year some 4,000 Volunteers-in-Parks contribute over 80,000 hours of their time to protect Gateway's natural and historical resources and assist visitors. More...