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The Morning After: 1941

The Morning After: 1941

"San Francisco. Corner of Montgomery and Market Streets, Monday morning, after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

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Sutter & Kearny

The LOC (Collier's?) notation isn't quite correct. This location is actually on Sutter St. at the corner of Kearny, one block west of Montgomery and two north of Market. The two buildings in the background are still there:

Sleepy Sunday Gone

My father's story of the "day that will live in infamy" was that as one of the pre-war round of draftees, he was in infantry training at Camp Shelby, MS and lounging around the barracks. Someone came in, and put the radio on. Dad said he knew was going to be in the Army a lot longer than he had expected to be. By next December, he was in combat in another sleepy little place. Guadacanal.

Asleep at the switch

Isoroku Yamamoto, having lived in the States, told the the samurai-minded Japanese military so hot to pull this off -- that if we don't nail them within a year, they will tool up and kick our butt. Which is exactly what happened.

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