Brooklyn Historian John Manbeck recently devoted his 'Historically Speaking' column in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle to Brooklyn's role in World War II. Every neighborhood did its part. Bay Ridge was already home to Fort Hamilton, the Flatlands provided Floyd Bennett Field as a Naval Air Station, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard held… the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Coney Island, for its part, gave the Half Moon Hotel, for use as the Sea Gate Naval Hospital.
Historically Speaking: Brooklyn at War, 1945 — Part 1 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]