Skip to comments.The Man Who Tried to Stop Pearl Harbor
Posted on 12/07/2016 3:07:48 PM PST by nickcarraway
George Elliott was one of two servicemen manning a radar station on Oahu the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. When he reported a huge sighting on his radar screen, he was ignored.
At 2 a.m. on April 1, 2001, I was sitting at my computer in my Laguna Beach condo working on a website Ive long since forgotten when an email popped up with nothing in the subject line.
Do you know who I am?
Another April Fools joke, I thought to myself as I moved my cursor up to click the Delete button. Then I glanced down and noticed the sender: George E. Elliott Jr.
Being a devotee of World War II history, I knew exactly who he was. On the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941, George Elliott and Joseph Lockard were manning a radar unit at Kahuku Point on the mountainous north coast of Oahu in Hawaii when they spotted the first wave of Japanese planes flying in to attack Pearl Harbor.
Why are you asking me this? I replied.
I wrote to PearlHarbor.com and they ignored me, but I see that you are the contact for Pearl-Harbor.com.
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Interesting article. :)
The officer in the information center got the report about 7:20. That was what, 25 minutes before the first bombs and torpedoes hit?
If he’d taken it seriously, what would he have done and what would it have changed?
Maybe the ships would have been fully manned and guns pointed at the Japanese air force. Not really much against torpedoes.
Wow, incredible story. Why did they tell him on that day to shut off the radar early. That points to The white house knowing.
Ping. Have sources
Thank you; freepmail welcome.
“If hed taken it seriously...”
...he would have been mocked and ridiculed by the rest of the people who would have refused to believe the story until after the bombs started dropping.
And nothing changes. People warn about the Muslims and the Russians and the Chinese and they get mocked and ridiculed. People say that Trump could win the election and they got mocked and ridiculed.
In reading history I though Yamamoto’s remarks were telling. He said “I’m afraid we’ve woken a sleeping giant” and the second thing was “In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.”
Good point about getting a bunch of planes up in the air, that would have been huge. I can imagine lots of instances where it would be nice to have 25 minutes warning.
The guy breaking down my front door.
The 8.0 earthquake.
My power going out for a week.
Thanks so much for posting this. I did not know anything about this man.
Stop it. Some people are so ignorant they love all the conspiracy theories. You should be better than that.
No way of knowing but at least we’d have tried.
Probably lives would have been saved.
I recall that some guy figured out that the muslims were going to be flying planes into the WTC some weeks or so before it happened.
He tried to warn people as well, and likewise he was also ignored.
It’s actually very reasonable, FDR knew the American public did not want to get involved. Churchill knew about it, we broke the Japanese code, these are facts not conspiracy.
Interesting. I wonder why, if the radar station was only to be operated until 7am, they were ordered to shut it down at 6:45am? On the day there just happened to be an invasion force on the way to be in detection range at, as it turned out, 7:02am. Unless it was normal to cut out early it seems an odd coincidence.
It was Sunday morning. They weren't supposed to be on duty, and there was no one on duty to whom to report it.
I know, that's no way to run a war. But the NATO air defense radars used to shut down on the weekends, too. Maybe they still do.
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