World War II at Fort Hancock
The high water mark for Fort Hancock's military presence
World War II saw Fort Hancock's peacetime population of approximately 800 swell to 12,000 soldiers by 1945. Below are the stories of some of those who served both in the military and civilians who lived or worked at the Fort during the war years.
NPS image donated by family of Joseph Tancos.
James Pike, railroad engineer, 1917-1949, pdf
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...