Daily Items


Topic Where Are They Now
Date 16-Sep-2013


From Time Magazine, 25-August-1944

In sunny Oahu, three admirals and three generals were last week investigating who was to blame for Pearl Harbor (see U.S. AT WAR). In the three years since the disaster, the people variously connected with the affair have had various histories:

¶ Private Joseph L. Lockard (the young man who stayed overtime to show a friend how to operate the Oahu plane detection system and who detected and reported the approach of a large flight of planes but, like everyone else, could not believe they were Jap) is now a lieutenant serving in the Signal Corps stationed in Louisiana.

¶ Major General Frederick L. Martin, boss of the ground-bound Army Air Force on Oahu, now retired because of chronic gastric ulcers and increasing deafness, plays golf and listens to phonograph records in West Los Angeles, Calif. General Martin declared: "There's an awful lot that hasn't been told."

¶ Captain Charles H. McMorris, Kimmel's war plans officer, is now a rear admiral in Pearl Harbor, acting as Chief of the Joint Staff for the Pacific command.

¶ Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, then commander of the Pacific Fleet, lives in a suburb of New York, has several times demanded a chance to clear his name before a court martial, is employed by a New York dock-building firm.

¶ Lieut. General Walter C. Short, commander of the Hawaiian Department, who was blamed with Kimmel for the failure of U.S. defenses, is in charge of "traffic and transportation" at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Dallas.

¶ Their opposite number—Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, who led the Japanese attack, shot himself on Saipan this summer, while the island was being overrun by marines. Nagumo gathered his staff in a hut and they all committed suicide, but not before one of them had set fire to the hut so that their bodies were partially burned.

¶ The U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Harold Raynsford Stark, is now commander of the U.S. fleet in Europe. The Japanese chief of combined fleets, Isoroku Yamamoto, is dead. He was shot down in an airplane over the South Pacific a year ago last spring.

¶ General Hideki Tojo, who started it all, is no longer premier of Japan, but, according to the Tokyo radio, "grappling for the successful conclusion of the war" by working in his victory vegetable garden.

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