Jersey City Police Officer Don Nagle (now deceased) is widely acknowledged as having been one of the pioneer martial artists in the United States. Nagle’s Karate school was the first of its kind on the East Coast. Despite his black belt fighting prowess, not every match was a win. The boxer (and eventually rubout victim) Frankie DePaula knocked Don Nagle out cold during a bar-room brawl in a Union City Transfer Station club.
A very drunk Don Nagle was bounding about the Rag Doll (a Union City Transfer Station club) throwing kicks that just barely missed the heads of frightened patrons. Frankie DePaula snuck up behind Don Nagle and then tapped him on the shoulder. As the drink-benumbed and unsuspecting Nagle dropped his guard to turn around, DePaula hit Nagle with a solid punch, not only knocking him out, but also sending him flying right out the open door. As everyone feared a very mad Nagle suddenly waking up fighting, the Karate expert lay in the street in the rain.by