What Did FDR Know? – Part 2

About Pearl Harbor… Part 2

Masako and Spam Musubi

HTH Nov 30 1941 Hilo Tribune Herald, November 30, 1941.

The above: a front page published one week BEFORE Pearl Harbor.

OK… So the newspaper was published on Hilo.

Well, then, how about a second front page?  And from a different island this time – Oahu.

Pearl Harbor is on Oahu.

Honolulu Advertiser Honolulu Advertiser, November 31, 1941.


To continue with “What Did FDR Know?”, let’s go over some once secret stuff, shall we?

And stuff that wasn’t so secret – like the headlines above.  These NEWSPAPERS were in newsstands or tossed onto front lawns a WEEK before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  How can that be when our textbooks and history tell us our Navy and Army were caught with their pants down?

It may be fascinating and perhaps eye opening for some of you.  To some of you old hats in military history, not so eye opening.

This story will be centered on…

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3 thoughts on “What Did FDR Know? – Part 2

  1. Look through magazines and newspapers of the years prior to the war, and there definitely was awareness of things to come. Pop culture reflected the anxiety of the times in such things as the reaction to Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast on Halloween in 1938. Listening to the children’s Christmas classic “The CInnamon Bear”, there are hints of the coming war in that as well. Incredible.

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