World War II attack near Cape May remembered

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     The USS Jacob Jones, sunk by German torpedo off the coast of Cape May, February 28, 1942. (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities)

    The USS Jacob Jones, sunk by German torpedo off the coast of Cape May, February 28, 1942. (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities)

    Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of a German submarine attack off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.  The incident occurred less than three months after the U.S. was drawn into World War II by the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

    “We were in the middle of frantic preparations,” explains Bob Heinly, historian with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. “Our coastal defenses were inadequate. We fully underestimated the danger that we were going to be under.”

    Dr. Heinly spoke with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller about the event and potential implications for the present. Listen to their conversation below.

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