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The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, then, The Record newspaper on Tuesday, February 17, 1942, carried this article on six Hackensack young men living within one block of each other getting ready to leave for Fort Dix, NJ that day.

Manuel Gan, at age 20, whose name is on the Original Wall Unit at Hackensack High School, is already in the Navy serving as a Petty Officer in the Pacific. His other brother, Walter Gan, age 22 is also in the service in Coast Artillery in the San Francisco area. 

They are both mentioned because their oldest brother,
Adam Gan, age 26, is one of the six men from the one block area leaving for Fort Dix, NJ.

There are nine Hackensack young men mentioned in the article. Two are his brothers mentioned above, and one is an attorney, who lived in another area of Hackensack.
Written by:
Bob Meli

March 26, 2016


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