Fort Hancock Day
Location:Battery Gunnison/New Peck
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Join us as we commemorate the renaming of the “Fortifications at Sandy Hook” to “Fort Hancock” in October 1895. As part of this commemoration, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association uniformed as World War II era Coast Artillery soldiers will bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life as they were in October 1943. See the fully restored 1920s to 1940s vintage interior electric system, and learn about Fort Hancock Army medical support. Learn how the Army planned to counter chemical weapons with the fully restored Chemical Decon-tamination and Overpressure sys-tem. Learn about 1940s metal working machines and see machinists making parts to repair or replicate historic items. Participate in loading the guns, tracking ships, learn “artillery math” and experience a soldier’s life at Ft. Hancock in October 1943.