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Hono­lulu after Pearl Harbor:
A report published for the first time,
71 years later

Washington Post, by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

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Posted By:Calvinesq, 12/7/2012 9:48:59 AM

On Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, I was working as a reporter for the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin. After a week of war, I wrote a story directed at Hawaii’s women; I thought it would be useful for them to know what I had seen. It might help prepare them for what lay ahead. But my editors thought the graphic content would be too upsetting for readers and decided not to run my article. It appears here for the first time. For seven ghastly, confused days, we have been at war.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 12/7/2012 10:02:56 AM     (No. 9053415)

WaPo link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/honolulu-after-pearl-harbor-a-report-published-for-the-first-time-71-years-later/2012/12/06/e9029986-3d69-11e2-bca3-aadc9b7e29c5_story.html

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JAN, 12/7/2012 10:14:07 AM     (No. 9053456)

Rather tha refer to it as a Japanese/American War it should have been labelled the Japanese attack on America or the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sorry to nitpick.

Otherwise, it´s a well written article. Don´t quite understand why it was rejected.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: GeoCon, 12/7/2012 12:10:43 PM     (No. 9053723)

JAN, The article was written one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor and war was declared on Japan.

Not to nitpick.

As the author indicated it was deemed too graphic. Which is one reason many WWII vets never wanted to talk about their experience.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: slartibartfast, 12/7/2012 12:48:04 PM     (No. 9053791)

Thanks OP. It was an honor to read this.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rubinski, 12/7/2012 1:15:32 PM     (No. 9053861)

I´m in Honolulu right now and you´ll just have to take my word for it--the Japanese have successfully dominated this island.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/7/2012 4:25:32 PM     (No. 9054182)

#5 - I lived there following the late-eighties real estate frenzy. One example our realtor told us was about a Japanese client who bought a house during a Sunday afternoon open-house tour that wasn´t even one of those for sale. He simply knocked on the door and finally offered enough in CASH - >$1 million - to convince the owner that the offer could no longer be refused. Which helped lead to the saying at the time that "the Japanese are doing with dollars in 1991 what they could accomplish with bombs in 1941."

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