"The U. S. Fleet Goes Into Action: First War Pictures in the Pacific",
, 5 January 1942
Text and Image(s) from Magazine
At 9 o'clock on the sunny morning
of Dec. 7, the articles of war are read to the crew of a U.S. heavy cruiser
on active duty in the Pacific Ocean
THE U.S. FLEET GOES INTO ACTION
FIRST WAR PICTURES IN PACIFIC
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7 found a fast powerful task force
of the U. S. Fleet carrying out scouting and patrol duty in the middle of
the Pacific. Aboard a heavy cruiser in this task force were two LMAG staff
men-Photographer Bob Landry and Reporter Richard Wilcox-who had been
assigned to cover Hawaii and the Pacific Fleet three weeks prior to the
outbreak of war. For more than a week at sea with this fighting force they
were privileged to obtain the following picture-and-word account-the first
to be approved by the Navy Department-which shows how the U. S. Fleet
quickly manned its battle stations and went into action against the
Because of Pearl Harbor, there has been a public tendency to low-rate the
U. S. Navy. Landry's pictures and Wilcox's text reveal the error of this
snap judgment. On the following pages the reader will see a grim fleet
force that looks quite different from the Navy of maneuvers and reviews.
Here are the ships and planes and men that must keep an aggressive contest
going against the Navy's main enemy-the Japanese Fleet.
"The U. S. Fleet Goes Into Action: First War Pictures in the Pacific"
(Chicago, Illinois), 5 January 1942, James Harvey Brown Papers.
East Carolina Manuscript Collection, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA
James Harvey Brown Papers #5220.127.116.11.
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