- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)35
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)16
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Action was taken prior to attack
To the editor:
Paul Greenberg is correct in his April 24 column in stating that the Japanese diplomatic code had been broken shortly before the Pearl Harbor attack, but he is incorrect in implying that President Roosevelt did nothing to prevent the attack.
The intercepted Japanese message did not state anything about the attack. It was an order for the personnel at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to destroy all classified documents. Such an order might mean that the Japanese were going to attack us, but not necessarily.
On Nov. 27, 1941, 10 days prior to the attack, Adm. Husband Kimmel, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, received a dispatch sent to him from Washington by Adm. Richmond K. Turner. Decoded, the first sentence of that dispatch read: "This is to be considered a war message." Kimmel took security measures, but his search planes simply missed the Japanese aircraft carrier task force that approached from the north of the Hawaiian Islands.
The history of the Pearl Harbor attack can be found in Dr. Gordon Prange's book, "At Dawn We Slept." During the war, Prange served in the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet.
ROBERT L. SMITH