Gerard Tate, Clip 5: World War II and the Great Depression
Description: Ridgewood resident Gerard Tate discusses a ten year gap where the neighborhood didn't change and people had little mobility during the Depression through WW2. He could play ball in the streets because there were no cars. He clearly remembers Pearl Harbor and observes that the Japanese air raids showed that in war, you could no longer have a battle fleet unprotected by aircraft carriers. The U.S could not save the Philippines from invasion because the Japanese destroyed the British/American battle fleet that tried to stop the takeover of Singapore/Malaya without an aircraft carrier. He also recalls that German U-boats torpedoed oil tankers near Rockaway beach and the enforced blackout sessions in the East Coast as a precaution against German air raids. Although New York City and the whole country was static because of depression and war, Gerard considers himself lucky because his parents kept their jobs during The Great Depression.
World War, 1939-1945; Depressions--1929; Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
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