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Jonah’s G-File today prompted me to check the NY Times archives to see how Pearl Harbor, 6 year after the attack, was covered compared to today’s 9/11 remembrances.

There were some surprises.  When you search “Pearl Harbor” on the dates December 7-8, 1947, there are only 20 hitsThis article on how President Truman spent the day was the most shocking.  An excerpt (Times Select required):

KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 7 — President Truman wound up a five-day vacation today, rested and refreshed for his return to the Capital tomorrow.

  His chief activity today was to attend divine services in the non-denominational chapel of the naval submarine base here where he has his “little White House.”

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  Neither the chaplain nor other Navy personnel here took note of the fact that today was the sixth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The President at a naval base chapel, and Pearl Harbor isn’t even mentioned?  I would never have believed that.



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