2011-12-07 / Front Page

“Japan and U.S at War”

Seventy years ago the lead story on the front page of the Dec. 11, 1941, issue of the Early County News was — Japan and U.S. at War. Four days earlier, on Dec. 7,1941, the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor killing over 2,400 and wounding nearly 1,800.

The day after the attack, in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress and memorably referred to December 7, 1941, as “a date which will live in infamy.” Then he asked Congress to declare war against Japan. Three days later, Japan’s allies, Germany and Italy, declared war on the U.S., which signaled America’s entrance into World War II.

Next to that front page article was the following article... “Many Early County Boys in War Zone” —

Many Early County boys are in the war zone in the Philippines and Hawaii, where the Japanese-American conflict struck with fury Sunday.

Harold Chandler, of the U.S. Navy, is thought by relatives here to have been on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, which was reported torpedoed. The last time relatives heard from him, some four months ago, he was aboard that ship. It is possible that he has been transferred since that time. He is a son of Mrs. T.S. Chandler Sr., of this city, and a brother to T.S. Chandler Jr.

Others who are in the war torn area include Lieutenant DuPont Strong at Nichols Field, Manila; Arthur Chapman, Honolulu; Sgt. Paul Craft, Manila; Charles Tabb, U.S.S. Minneapolis, Honolulu; and Julian Seay, Blakely Negro, who is aboard the U.S.S. Maryland, Honolulu.

Other Early County boys in the services, but who are not thought to be in the war zone are Raymond N. Duke of the U.S.S. Walke; Ollin Hudspeth, of the U.S.S. Concord (young hudspeth was at home when war was declared and left immediately for his base at San Diego, Calif.) Joe Bridges, U.S.S. Swanson; Alex Howell, U.S.S. New Mexico, and the following (names of ships couldn’t be learned) Murray Chandler, Moody Chandler, Mobley Howell, Bill Bridges, Curtis Allen and E.L. Durham.

Today, Arthur Chapman is one of an estimated dozen Pearl Harbor attack survivors still alive in Georgia.

Chapman discussed his memories of the infamous Japanese attack in an article on the front page of the Dec. 10, 2008, Early County News. That story can be viewed online in the news archives at www.earlycountynews.com.

Dupont Strong, who was flying a twin engine B-18 plane around Nichols Field in Manila while it was under Japanese attack now lives in Enterprise, Ala.

An editorial inside the 1941 issue of the News reporting the attack stated, “...the people almost overnight have become as one mind. This country has been the victim of an attack by a major power, and there is a job to be done. That it will be done, no true American doubts.”

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