Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 242,803; in 2015, the population was estimated to be 247,189 making it the second-most populous city in Virginia, behind neighboring Virginia Beach.

The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. The largest Navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, is located in Norfolk along with one of NATO's two Strategic Command headquarters. It is also home to the only bridge-tunnels in the United States.

Norfolk in "News From the Front"Edit

On January 31, 1942, Norfolk received a rescue boat containing 30 survivors of the oil tanker Rochester, which had been torpedoed by a German U-boat. Newsreel reporters briefly interviewed the men before fleeing from a group of United States Navy officers, who sought to confiscate the footage. The film was released generally on February 5.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, p. 91-92.

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