U.S. At War: Almanac

By the time the first wounded came home from North Africa last week, smiling from their cots in the train that took them to Washington's Walter Reed Hospital, almost a year had passed since that calm Sunday afternoon when the Mare Island Navy Yard intercepted the message: From CINCPAC to all ships present Hawaiian area: Air raid on Pearl Harbor. This is no drill.

When he heard the news from excited Navy Secretary Frank Knox, all that Franklin Roosevelt could utter was an astonished "No!" In their living rooms, on the golf courses, driving...

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