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Reno Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - December 7, 1941, Reno, NevadaA newspaper for the Home information and enjoyment for every member of the family Nevada s greatest newspaper sixty fifth 292 Reno Nevada. Sunday december 7. 1941 War japs bomb Hawaii Manila Washington dec. 7 air planes to Day attacked american defense bases at Hawaii and Manila and president Roosevelt ordered the army and Navy to carry tit undisclosed orders prepared for the defense of the United states. The White Hitoe said that Japan had attacked Amer Ica s vital outposts in the and p. Est and that so far As was known the attacks were still in Progress. Announcing the president s action for the Protection of american territory presidential Secretary Stephen Early declared that so far As is known now the attacks were made wholly without both nations were at and were delivered within an hour or so of the time that the japanese ambassadors had gone to the state depart ment to hand to the Secretary of state Japan s reply to the Secretary s memorandum of the Twenty sixth. Promptly Navy officers said that Long prepared counter measures against japanese Surprise attacks had been ordered into operation and were working smoothly. And within a few minutes the War department ordered All military personnel in this country into uniform. There was a disposition in some quarters Here to wonder whether the attacks had not been ordered by the japanese authorities because they feared the president s direct negotiations with the emperor might Lead to an about face in japanese policy and the consequent loss of face by the present ruling factions in Japan. A Little later the White House reported that an army transport loaded with lumber had been torpedoed thirteen Hun dred Miles West of san Francisco. This is Well East of Hawaii. The first announcement did not say whether the ship was sunk or whether there was loss of life. C v. No official used the word War in reporting any of the developments but with the series of events there could be no doubt that the far Eastern situation had at last exploded that the United states was at War and that the conflict which began in Europe was spreading Over the entire world. Little information was immediately available regarding the strength of the japanese air attacks. Dispatches from Honolulu said however that at least two japanese bombers their wings bearing the insignia of the rising Sun appeared Over Honolulu at about a. Honolulu time and dropped bombs. The army s order affected not Only Tulve thousands of officers on duty in Washington who have thus far performed their functions in civilian clothes to avoid a militaristic appearance but All officers in every corps area the United states possessions and outlying bases. Washington was expected to Blossom tomorrow As a City of uniforms because huge numbers of officers have been pour ing into the City for months to perform the army s overhead functions. Early said that so far As the president s information went attacks were still in Progress at Manila and in Hawaii. In other words he said we Don t know that the japanese have bombed and he went on to say As soon As the information of the attacks on Manila and Hawaii was received by the War and Navy departments it was flashed immediately to the president at the White House. Thereupon and immediately the president directed the army and the Navy to execute All previously prepared orders looking to the defense of the United states. The president is now with the secretaries of Navy and War. Steps Are being taken to advise the congressional Kichisabur Nomura the japanese ambassador and a Buru Kurusu the special japanese envoy were at the state de-1 apartment at the time of the White s House s announcement of the attacks. U n the two japanese went to see Secretary of mate Hull at p. Est and remained about Twenty minutes. They handed to the Secretary Tokyo s reply to the state ment of principles which he gave to them on november 26. After their departure the state department announced that Hull had informed the japanese that a document presented by them was crowded with infamous falsehoods and Distor the department s statement said that Hull had read the japanese reply and immediately turned to the japanese ambassador and with the greatest indignation said i must say that in All my conversations you the japanese ambassador during the last nine 1 have never uttered one word of untruth. This is borne out absolutely by the record. In All my fifty years of Public service i have never seen a document that was More crowded with infamous false hoods and falsehoods and distortions on a scale so huge that i never imagined until today that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them beyond the terse White House announcement and the Swift orders disclosed at the War and Navy departments there was no specific information on the military measures the United states was taking. At the Navy department officials said that All inquiries As to operations were being referred to the White House but officers informally reported that for several months All Amer ican warships in the Pacific had been in constant readiness for Battle and that vigorous counter measure had Long been planned for such incidents As the japanese Surprise attacks on Manila and Pearl Harbor. Dispatches from Honolulu said a naval engagement was in Progress off Honolulu with at least one enemy aircraft car Rier in action against Pearl Harbor defences. Tha Blunt language Hull used in addressing the japanese envoys was reflected in their faces As they left the state department. There was no Trace of a smile. Hull kept them waiting for fifteen minutes. Kurusu neatly dressed in Well pressed Blue impatiently paced the floor and engaged momentarily in whispered conferences with Nomura. The latter in rumpled Gray had taken a seat on a leather sofa in the waiting room. When they left Hull s office reporters at the state department unaware that announcement already had been made of the bombings endeavoured to question them again. Is this your last one reporter asked no Mura. He received no reply whatsoever. Will the embassy Issue a statement i Don t followed by a swarm of reporters and photographers the two japanese finally escaped into an elevator. Hull had been at his desk since a. At ten o clock Secretary of War Stimson and Secretary of the Navy Knox entered and were closeted with him for three full hours. The chinese ambassador. Or. He Shih was seen Leav ing the department in mid afternoon before the japanese arrived but officials would not say with whom he had consulted or even confirm the fact that he had been in the building. As news of the bombings spread crowds collected before the White House Gates. People milled about talking in anxious terms. The White House itself became a bedlam of activity. Reporters photographers and radio men besieged president s offices jamming the press room to capacity. Writer tells Story of attack on Hawaii by Eugene Burns Honolulu dec. 7 up at least two japanese bombers their wings bearing the insignia of the rising Sun appeared Over Honolulu at about a. Honolulu time today and dropped bombs. Unverified reports said a foreign warship appeared off Pearl Harbor and began firing at the defences in that highly fortified Post. The sound of cannons firing comes to me Here in Honolulu As i Telephone this Story to the san Francisco associated press office. Reports say that the japanese bombers scored two hits one at Hickam Field air Post on Oahu is land and another at Pearl Harbor setting an Oil Lank afire. Shortly before i started talking on the transpacific Telephone i saw a formation of five japanese planes flying Over Honolulu. American antiaircraft has set up a terrific Din. And the sky also is filled with american Battle air Craft. The sound of Cann Nading coming from the direction of Pearl Harbor has been continuing for an hour and a half. So far there Are no re ports of casualties. No bombs have fallen in Honolulu itself so far As i could determine before making this Call. There is much commotion going on with planes in the air and anti aircraft firing. The citizens of Honolulu have been cleared from the streets by military and naval units assisted by civilian volunteers All carrying arms. But a lot of citizens have left the City for Hills to watch the planes and antiaircraft and get a general View of the excitement. I heard one Man say As he passed me Enro Ute to the Hills i la bet the Mainland papers Are going to exaggerate the sky was filled with puffs of j smoke from exploding shells fired by american army and Navy anti aircraft units. Whether surface units of the United states Fleet were in action against the enemy could not be immediately determined but columns of waiter rising from the sea As shells hit the water indicated a naval action. Viewed from the Hills Back of Honolulu where Many City Folk went to View the fight columns of heavy Black smoke went skyward from Pearl Harbor. Flier who left Hawaii three weeks ago month to Fly eighteen army bomb Pearl Harbor. He had been stationed at Pearl Harbor since last june 30, Cobeaga who is from Lovelock enlisted in the army air corps while a Junior at the University. His wife was graduated from the University last year. Among nevadans who followed developments at Pearl Harbor with unusual interest was Mitchell cob Eaga second lieutenant in the army corps who left the Pacific base just three weeks ago and whose wife the former Mary Sala of Ely is still on the Island. Lieutenant Cobeaga who was visiting at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity House in Reno left Sun Day afternoon to report to army authorities in Sacramento. He was in a contingent of ninety five men brought Back to Sacramento last Nevada eleven University of Nevada s foot Ball game with University of Hawaii was cancelled this noon by the Board of athletic control at the University. The Board at a special meet ing voted unanimously to can cel the contest. The Board of control feels that even if boats were Avail Able for the trip this Board can not take the responsibility of risking the safety of the this was the Brief statement issued after the meeting by Joe t. Mcdonnell graduate manager. Flans had for the Nevada football team to sail from san Francisco on the Lurline next thursday. Washington dec. 7 White House announced at p. Est today that an army trans port carrying lumber rather than troops had been torpedoed thirteen Hundred Miles West of san fran Cisco. This placed japanese action Well East of Hawaii toward the Mainland. There was no information whether the transport had been sunk or whether there was loss of life among the Crew. Long Beach calif., dec. 7 Ufi rear Admiral Charles a. Blakely of the Lith naval District today issued orders shortly after announcement of the japanese air attacks in the Pacific requesting All officers and men attached to the District or vessels of the District to report to their stations or ships immediately. The District embraces Southern California from san Luis Obispo South to the mexican Border and All of Arizona and new Mexico. San Francisco dec. 7 the army and Navy went on a War basis on the Pacific Seaboard today. All leaves were cancelled All furloughs revoked and every Man was instructed to report to his station. The japanese bomb attacks on Pearl Harbor and Manila coming with stunning suddenness reacted like a trigger pull to set the sea Force and Harbor defences at the Alert. The commandant of the three naval districts on the West coast appealed by every medium for every officer and Man to report to his Post. The commander of Harbor de lenses ordered All coast artillery officers and soldiers of the Harbor defences Are ordered to report to their stations immediately. All leaves and furloughs Are cancelled by order of the commanding Gen new York dec. 7 naval official who declined to be quoted said today that the Navy depart ment had sent out an urgent Call to All officers on leave to report at once to naval districts in which they Are located. London dec. 7 minister Churchill and John c. Winant United states ambassador to Britain were in conference to night a Short time after president Roosevelt s announcement that japanese planes had attacked Hawaii and the Philippines. 150warplanes new York dec. 7 the Honolulu station of lbs reported by Telephone today about 150 japanese planes had attacked Hawaii. The assault was delivered at night it appeared. Lbs representative said that the Roar of anti aircraft fire could be heard continuously and that the attack was continuing at s a. M., Honolulu time or a. Berlin silent Berlin dec. 7 German spokesman declared tonight there could be no reaction from Germany to the announced japanese air at tack on Pearl Harbor until All sides of the Case were at band. First attack kills seven new York dec. 7 him dred and fifty men were killed by a direct bomb hit on Hickman Field an Abc observer reported tonight from Honolulu. Honolulu dec. Bombs killed at least 7 persons and injured Many others three seriously in a Surprise morning Aerial attack on Honolulu today. New York dec. Damage has been done to the u. S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor and to the City of Honolulu itself by unidentified bombing planes an Abc observer reported today in a broadcast direct from Honolulu. Later the Honolulu broadcaster announced the army and Navy it appears now have the air and sea under the observer standing on the roof of the advertiser building in Honolulu said the planes undoubtedly Japan Ese made the raid unexpectedly. His report was suddenly broken off. Cabinet called by president to Washington dec. 7 president decided today after Jap an s attack on or nil Harbor and Manila to Call an extraordinary Mcclincy of 1ho Cabinet for p. Tonight and to have concessional lenders of both parties join the Confer Roro at 0 p. Or. The White House snid is assembling All the facts As rapidly As possible and in All probability he will As quickly is possible make a full informative report to Congress probably in the form of a at the time of his decision for e special meeting of the Cabinet and congressional chieftains or. Roosevelt was conferring with his War and Navy secretaries and the army chief of staff Gen. George c. Marshall. Presidential Secretary Stephen Early said that the meeting would he emphasized that for the time be rather than military strategy. Emphasized that for the time be ing or. Roosevelt was not calling in chairmen of the Senate and House and naval committees. Vessel blasts new York dec. British radio reported today with out confirmation that a foreign warship appeared off Pearl Harbor and began the. Report heard by lbs followed British radio quotation of Ameri can news that an aircraft Carrier was in operation off Hawaii. Whether this was a second ship was not stated. More italians called to colors Rome dec. 6. Men born in 1923 were called to the colors today for regular military service. X san Luis Obispo Are the Washoe sheriffs office received the following emergency Telegram this afternoon from san Luis Obispo calif., one of the big army Camps of the Pacific Region All enforcement agencies please 4 notify All officers and men of the 40th division and corps service command 1947 to return to head quarters immediately. Captain Pettet 40th military police Camp san Luis Jap planes new York dec. 7 British radio quoted the Reuters news Agency tonight reporting from Honolulu that several planes were shot Down in an attack on Pearl Harbor. Calls its Cabinet Ottawa dec. 7 minister w. L. Mackenzie King called the Canadian Cabinet to meet at 6 p. M., e.s.t., today to consider the far Eastern situation Calls for Aid Washington dec. 7 White House announced at p. Est today that the army had just received word that an Amer ican vessel believed to be a cargo ship had been sending out signals of distress approximately seven Hundred Miles West of san fran Cisco. Whether it had been torpedoed was not immediately Learned. Russian envoy reaches u. S. San Francisco dec. 6 Russia s new ambassador to the United states Maxim Litvinoff arrived today by Clipper after an air voyage that brought him nearly three fourths of the Way around the world spa erf
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