Jack Fein’s name always comes to mind when we think of Fort Totten. He proudly preserved the fort’s history and secrets. His 36-year military career encompassed both World War II and the Korean conflict.
We are all saddened by the death of Jack Fein; his passing marks the end of an era. Jack Fein kept the fort’s memories alive. Now it’s up to us to ensure that his dedication and contributions are not forgotten. He represented the best of what has rightly been called “The Greatest Generation.”As is only fitting, Jack Fein will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Long after retiring from active duty, Jack Fein remained at his post. Visitors to Fort Totten could always take comfort in the fact that Chief Warrant Office Fein was on guard. The fort was definitely in good hands.
City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe released a statement saying that Fein provided Fort Totten visitors with living history and priceless knowledge of the site. “He came to Fort Totten as a soldier and turned into a great advocate of what is now Fort Totten Park.”
An appropriate tribute would be to name the Fort Totten Visitors Center in honor of Jack Fein. It’s hoped that everyone will support the efforts to make the “Jack Fein Visitors Center” a reality.
As has been so often said, “Old Soldiers Never Die………..