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?
All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...