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November 30, 2016

With the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor next Wednesday, we present an excerpt of a story that was printed on the front page of the Friday, December 12, 1941 edition of the Town and Country.  For many area residents, it was the first reporting of the Sunday, December 7 attack.

The USS Pennsylvania in a Pearl Harbor dry dock behind the destroyers USS Downes (left) and a capsized USS Cassin. The Battleship Pennsylvania lost 24 of its own crew members (17 Sailors, seven Marines) along with three additional seamen temporarily working on the vessel.  In addition, 38 were injured and 14 others listed as missing in action.  The battleship was one of the first to return fire at Pearl Harbor and survived the attack to serve four more years during WWII.  The smoke in the photo is coming from the sunken USS Arizona, docked behind the USS Pennsylvania.

                President Roosevelt Tuesday night assailed Japan's "sudden criminal attacks" as the climax of a decade of "international immorality" and declared confidently that America was going to win the war and the peace that follows.

                He asserted in a radio address to the people of his country that "we must begin the great task that is before us by abandoning once and for all the illusion that we can ever again isolate ourselves from the rest of humanity."

                Mr. Roosevelt said that America was in the way "All the way."

                He admitted that thus far the news had all been bad and that a serious setback had been suffered in Hawaii.

                Reports from Guam, Wake and Midway Islands, he said, "remained confused, ... but we must be prepared for the announcement that all these three outposts have been seized."

                But he rejected as a rumor originating with enemy sources Japanese claims that they had gained naval supremacy in the Pacific as a result of their Sunday attack on Hawaii....



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