Honolulu Newspaper - December 7, 1941, Page 2



City Rocks To Blasts As Japanese Drop Bombs

San Francisco, Dec. 7.- President Roosevelt announced this morning that Japanese planes had attacked Manila and Pearl Harbor.

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Attack Made
On Island’s
Defense Areas

   By United Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.--Text of a White
House announcement detailing the attack on
the Hawaiian islands is:
“The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor from
the air and all naval and military activities on
the island of Oahu, principal American base in
the Hawaiian islands."

   Oahu was attacked at 7:55 this morning by
Japanese planes.
   The Rising Sun, emblem of Japan was seen
on plane wing tips.
   Wave after wave of bombers streamed
through the clouded morning sky from the
southwest and flung their missiles on a city
resting in peaceful Sabbath calm.
   According to an unconfirmed report re-
ceived at the governor’s office, the Japanese
force that attacked Oahu reached island
waters aboard two small airplane carriers.
   It was also reported that at the governor’s
office either an attempt had been made to
bomb the USS Lexington, or that bit had been
   Within 10 minutes the city was in an uproar.
As bombs fell in many parts of the city, and in
defense areas the defenders of the islands
went into quick action.
   Army intelligence officers at Ft. Shafter
announced officially shortly after 9 a. m. the
fact of the bombardment by an enemy but
long previous army and navy had taken imme-
diate measures in defense.
   “Oahu is under a sporadic air raid,” the
announcement said.
   “Civilians are ordered to stay off the streets
until further notice.”
   The army has ordered that all civilians stay
off the streets and highways and not use tele-
   Evidence that the Japanese attack has reg-
istered some hits was shown by three billowing
pillars of smoke in the Pearl Harbor and Hick-
am field area.
   All navy personnel and civilian defense
workers, with the exception of women, have
been ordered to duty at Pearl Harbor.
   The Pearl Harbor highway was immediately
a mass of racing cars.
   A trickling stream of injured people began
pouring into the city emergency hospital a few
minutes after the bombardment started.
   Thousands of telephone calls almost
swamped the Mutual Telephone Co., which
put extra operators on duty.
   At the Star-Bulletin office the phone calls
deluged the single operator and it was impos-
sible for this newspaper, for sometime, to
handle the flood of calls. Here also an emer-
agency operator was called.
   An official army report from department
headquarters, made public shortly before 11,
is that the first attack was at 7:55 a. m.
   Witnesses said they saw at least 50 air-
planes over Pearl Harbor.
   The attack centered in the Pearl Harbor,
   Army authorities said:
   “The rising sun was seen on the wing tips of
the airplanes.”
   Although martial law has not been declared
officially, the city of Honolulu was operating
under M-Day conditions.
   It is reliably reported that enemy objectives

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under attack were Wheeler field, Hickam
field, Kaneohe bay and naval air station and
Pearl Harbor .
   Some enemy planes were reported shot down.
   The body of the pilot was seen in a plane
burning at Wahiawa.
   Oahu appeared to be taking calmly after
the first uproar of queries.
   First indication of the raid came shodtly be-
fore 8 this morning when antiaircraft guns
around Pearl Harbor began sending up a thun-
derous barrage.
   At the same time a vast cloud of black
smoke arose from the naval base and also from
Hickam field where flames could be seen.
   Shortly before 9:30 a bomb fell near Wash-
ington Place, the residence of the governor.
Governor Poindexter and Secretary Charles
M. Hite were there.
   It was reported that the bomb killed an
unidentified Chinese man across the street
in front of the Schuman Carriage Co. where
windows were broken.
   C. E. Daniels, a welder, found a fragment of
shell or bomb at South and Queen Str., which
he brought into City Hall. This fragment
weighed about a pound.
   At 10:05 a. m. today Governor Poindexter
telephoned to The Star-Bulletin announcing he
has declared a state of emergency for the en-
tire territory.
   He announced that Edouard L. Doty, execu-
tive secretary of the major disaster council,
has been appointed director under the M-Day
law’s provisions.
   Governor Poindexter urged all residents of
Honolulu to remain off the streets, and the peo-
ple of the territory to remain calm.
   Mr. Doty reported that all major disaster
council wardens and medical units were on
duty within a half hour of the time the alarm
was given.
   Workers employed at Pearl Harbor were or-
dered at 10:10 a. m. not to report at Pearl
   The mayor’s major disaster council was to
meet at the city hall at about 10:30 this morn-
   At least two Japanese planes were reported
at Hawaiian department headquarters to have
been shot down;
   One of the planes was shot down at Ft.
Kamehamehe and the other back of the Wa-
hiawa courthouse.
   At 9:38 a. m., a live wire was reported down
at Richards and Beretania Sts.
   At 9:42 a. m. Nuuanu above Vineyard, a
gas line was leaking.
   At 9:44 a. m., at 2840 Kalihi St., a bomb in
the road. There was a mysterious Japanese in
a tent camped near there.
   At 9:45 a. m., at 2683 Pacific Heights Rd.,
a bomb struck a house..
   It was reported that an airplane (national-
ity undisclosed) crashed near the Hawaiian
Electric Co. plant at Wahiawa. It was de-
stroyed by fire as were two houses near which
it fell. The army and police flung a guarding
coedon around the location and civilians were
kept at a distance.
   An unidentified army witness arriving at
Hawaiian department headquarters about
9:30 reported that two oil tanks at Pearl Har-
bor were ablaze.
   A bomb was reported to have struck at 9:25
this morning near 624 Ala Moana.

   At 8:35 a. m. the police department broadcast a statement to all officers to warn persons to leave the streets and return to their homes.    All soldiers, sailors and marines off duty were ordered to report at

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PAUL GOO HOME STRUCK: Damage done by a Japanese bomb when it struck the home of Paul Go/o at Liliha and Kua-

kini Sts. this morning in the first raid on Oahu.

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Reported ‘Dealt Succesfully’ With
   WAHINGTON, Dec 7. (U.P.)--Unconfirmed reports said tonight that
United States forces “dealt successfully” with Japanese bombers over
Hawaii and Manila.
Hull Accuses Japanese of Outright Lies
   WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. (U.P.) Secretary of State Cordell Hull tonight
angrily told Saburo Kurusu and Kichsabure Nomura Japanese negotia-
tors, that their government’s answer to his memorandum was “crowded
with infamous falsehoods and distortions.”
   Hull’s statement was read directly to Kurusu and Nomura after he
read Japan’s document handed to him at 2:20 p. m. EST.
   The state department thus far had not published the document. How-
ever, a department statement described the scene as follows:
   “Hull carefully read the statement presented by the Japanese am-
bassador and with the greatest indignation said, “I must say that in
all my conversations with you during the last nine months I never
uttered one word of untruth. This is borne out absolutely by the rec-
ord. In all my 50 years of public service I have never seen a document
that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions--on a
scale so huge that I never imagined until today any government
on this planet was capable of uttering them..”

Attacks on Hawaii Understood Continuing
   WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. (U.P.)--White House Secretary Stephen Early is-
sued a statement tonight declaring that Japanese attacks are continuing
so far as the United States knows. Mr. Early said that the Honolulu
and Manila attacks occurred when both nations “at peace and
within an hour or so of the time Nomura and Kurusu handed Secretary of
State Hull the Japanese reply to Hull’s memorandum.
   Mr. Early said the army received distress signals from an American
vessel, presumably a cargo ship, 700 miles west of San Francisco.
   “This indicates that Japanese submarines are strung out over the entire
area.” Mr. Early said.
U.S. Army Transport Reported Torpedoed
   WASHINGTON, Dec. 1. (U.P.)--An army transport was torpedoed 1,300
miles west of San Francisco, it was announced tonight.
Naval Engagement Reported Off Honolulu
   New York, Dec. 7. (U.P.)--The National Broadcasting Company tonight
reported a naval engagement in progress off Honolulu.
6 Planes, 4 subs Reported Sunk
   WASHINGTON Dec. 7. (U.P.)--It was reliably reported tonight that
anti-aircraft and naval action bagged six Japanese planes and four
submarines during the Hawaii action.
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once to their respective posts and stations.
   Residents were ordered by radio not to use their telephones.
   At 8:17 a. m. a Honolulan at Pearl Harbor gate heard marines ordered
   At 8:05 a. m. according to a police report, a bomb crashed through the
kitchen of the home of Thomas Fujimoto. 610 E. Rd., Damon Tract, while
the family of three was eating breakfast. No one was injured, according
to the police.
   According to another police report, several persons were injured by a
bomb dropping in Kalihi St.
   At 9:10 a. m. a report was made to the police that a wave of five dive
bombers attacked the oil tanks at Pearl Harbor, the planes flying as low
as 100 feet.
   At 9:10 a. m. the Pearl Harbor housing area was reported ordered
   At 9:12 a. m., according to the police, two planes were reported to have
dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor road.
   At 9:13 a. m., the police received a report that a house on Alewa Heights
had been bombed.
   At 9:17 a. m., Damon Tract residents, according to a police report
were ordered evacuated and the police said nearby residents were co-
operating in helping them leave the area.
   A wooden frame house was split in half by an incendiary bomb at
Fort and School Sts., about 9:20 a. m.
   Fire department could not stop the flames.
   About 100 fireman are operating out of headquarters at Fort and
Beretania Sts.
   All departments of the fire department have been called at head-
   At present, there are six companies operating.
   Three companies were sent to Hicham field this morning.
   The fire trucks are sent out to investigate a fire and after investigating
and doing all possible to put it out, return to headquarters for the next
   At 9:25 a. m. a bomb broke a power line at 625 Ala Moana.
   At 9:26 a. m. a man was injured at Richards and Beretania Sts.
   At 9:27 a. m. a sampan heavily laden, was reported of Moanalua.
   At 9:30 a. m. a bomb fell at Kuhio and aKlakaua Aves. No one was
   At 9:34 a. m. a Japanese plane was reported shot down at Wahiawa.
   At 9:32 a. m. a bomb fell near E. St. in Damon tract.
   At 9:36 a. m. a bomb hit on N. School St.
   At 9:50 a. m. all truck drivers and motor boat operators of the U. S.
engineers and Hawaiian Constructors were ordered to report at Kewalo
   All Legionnaires who are not on the emergency police force are being
emergency police force were reporting to the police station.
   All legionnaires who are not on the emergency police force are being
held at the legion clubhouse, Kapiolani Blvd., for call.
   The emergency disaster council, headed by Maj. Robert Faus, was
called and are at their posts at schoolhouses.
   Col. James R. Mahaffay and Joe McGettigan, coordinators, were on
   At 10:08 a. m., two Japanese were reported near the water tank at
Sierra drive and Wilhelmina Rise.
   At 10:22 a. m., Yuz Marimatsu reported that his house at 758 Kaaloa
St. was bombed. A five inch shell went directly through the house,
injuring no one.
   A house at 1807 Liliha St. was reported bombed with no injuries.
   Police have been ordered to guard vital spots throughout the city where
soldiers have not yet been stationed.

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   SHRAPNEL: A piece of shrapnel, picked up on a downtown
Street, is held by Mrs. Olga Burns.
Guam Bombed; Attack on
Manila Reported Repulsed
   Paul Findelsen, radio editor of the Star-Bulletin, while
listening in by shortwave this afternoon at his home at 2512
Waolani Ave., reports news items received
by broadcast:
   The island of Guam was subjected to a bombing attack
this afternoon.
   The Japanese also attempted to take Cavite in the Philip-
pine islands but the attack was successfully repulsed.
   Manila denies any reports of damage to that city.
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   A Mokapu resident reporting at
Iolani palace for emergency duty
reported the first bomb at 8:10 a. m.
today took the Kaneohe bay naval
air base there completely by sur-
prise and struck and set fire a
large seaplane moored on the east-
ern side of the hangers in the bay.
   Bombers exploded oil tanks causing
such a conflagration that the
hangers could not be seen but it
is certain that they were in great
   Another plane was struck and set
on fire at Kokokahi near the coral
   A witness reported that there
was no answering gunfire from the
base and no planes went up to
drive off the attackers. As the
enemy planes swooped low and ma-
chine gunned the base scattered
rifle fire was directed at them.
   Witnesses said the Japanese ma-
chine gunners’ marksmanship was
very poor.
HRT Buses Run on
Reduced Schedule

   Addison E. Kirk, president and
general manager of the Honolulu
Rapid Transit Co., reported that al-
though there were several hits by
bombs on overhead power wires,
the company is running its buses on
a reduced schedule.
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Land on Oahu
Army Reports

Parachuite troops wearing blue
uniforms and red shields have land-
ed on Oahu, army authorities re-
ported to police at 1:10 this after-
Parachuitist Report
Is Probed By Police

An unidentified parachute was
seen to land at St. Louis Heights
about 2 p. m., it was reported. Look-
outs reported to the police within
five minutes and an investigation
was started.
   Sixteen provisional policemen and
all regular patrolmen in that in that dis-
trict were ordered to proceed to the
area behind St. Louis college and
make a search.
   The landing was made at Maka-
puu, according to the report.
Suspicious Group
Probed By Police

   A guard patrolling a water tank
at Diamond Head circle reported he
had observed a suspicious group of
Japanese at a Monsarrat Ave. ad-
dress at 2 p. m., and a squad of
police was sent to investigate.
   Nearly everybody in England
has grown something this year.
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