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Fred Lynch

Homeland security in 1942

Posted Monday, June 25, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, guards were stationed at bridges across the Mississippi River, including the traffic bridge at Cape Girardeau.

Feb. 24, 1942 Southeast Missourian

U.S. Army regulars took over guard duty on the traffic bridge here Saturday. The above photo, made Sunday, Feb 22, 1942, shows Cpl. K. McGrath of Chicago, standing guard at the toll house on the Morgan Oak street approach.The troops here, from Fort Custer, Michigan, are completely equipped, 16 men being detailed for the work. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)


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  • I remember how Cape used to come up with reasons that it could be a target during the Cold War. It was embarrassing to be left off the list as not being worth a bomb.

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 8:32 AM