The Footfalls of History 7 December 1941- Day of the Pearl Harbor Attack Tadao Fuchikami, Messenger Boy #9, roared up to RCA-Communication on his Indian Scout motorbike to begin his regular deliveries. It was a beautiful day. He’d had a chance to sleep in an extra hour because he was the second messenger boy; he didn’t have to start his deliveries until 8:30. His ride to work had been quick, traffic was light as the island slept in—quiet except for the maneuvers. He thought
My local paper, the Bend Bulletin, published a thought provoking editorial by Victor Davis Hanson, historian and classicist at the Hoover Institution, Sanford University on September 25, 2106. Educated in such hallowed halls, I took note of his opinions. And they scared me. In his column he shows how war often takes people by surprise like the calm before the storm-- in spite of long- simmering disputes. Hanson points out that the Great War was sparked by an assassination.
If you have read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, you might have been struck by the comparison between the British governments handling or lack thereof, actually, and the events that surrounded Pearl Harbor. In both cases, secret and closely guarded intelligence units had information that may have averted the disaster but were not acted upon. In the case of the steam ship, Lusitania, Britain chose not to share information in an effort to keep Room 40, their top secret encryption un