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February 28, 1942

Destroyer USS Jacob Jones, 1930s (US Navy photo: NH 67838)

Destroyer USS Jacob Jones, 1930s (US Navy photo: NH 67838)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 28, 1942: Japanese land on Java in the East Indies.

Off Delaware coast, German U-boat U-578 sinks US destroyer Jacob Jones—138/149 killed.

US Department of Justice requires German, Italian, and Japanese nationals to have register for Certificates of Identification.

US Department of Justice notice declaring that enemy aliens must register at the post office for a certificate of identification, February 1942 (US National Archives: 7455403)

US Department of Justice notice declaring that enemy aliens must register at the post office for a certificate of identification, February 1942 (US National Archives: 7455403)

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