World War II at Fort Hancock
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 many celebrities visited Fort Hancock in World War II? Judy Garland performed for the soldiers at Fort Hancock in 1943. Lana Turner also visited the fort during the war. More...