Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Features

December 7, 2012

Our initial reaction to Pearl Harbor

Knoxville —  

Editor’s note: Today, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The following is an excerpt from the Knoxville Journal editorial of Dec. 11, 1941. 

We are at war! A treacherous and powerful enemy has attacked us, fired upon our flag, invaded our distant territories, crippled our ships and fortifications, injured and killed thousands of our sailors and soldiers, and brought the threats of bombs to the very gateways of our Pacific coast.

We are indeed at war - a war that is certain to bring fierce struggle, not from one foe alone, but several. It is time that we acted the part of a people thus endangered.

That “we doesn’t mean the government, which has for months been moving at high speed to prepare for just such situation as the nation now faces. It means “we, the people,” the men and women in this community, in other communities everywhere. 

We have, it is true, thought about war, talked about war, but chiefly as a subject of conversation about a thing far away across oceans, and not as a fact of close concern to us. The time for that sort of thing has gone by and the time for whole-hearted patriotic action has come. We need to fly our flags, join in every task that is set us for aiding defense, and dig into our pockets for every dime or dollar that we can give to support the needs of our country’s defense. 

The job ahead is not one only for the men who enlist and go away to fight, but for every man and woman of us who stays at home. And it’s not an incidental job for any of us; it’s a job that ranks first. 

Japan

Japan’s sudden and smashing attack upon Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Manila in the Philippines and several vital smaller islands between these outposts was treacherous, dastardly. Of that there is little doubt. The plan must have been set up and all movements of battleships, airplanes and their carriers must have been made while Japanese envoys were on their way to Washington, bearing the white flag of peace. It could not have been otherwise.

Text Only
Features
  • Erik Therme.jpg Iowa Author Creates a mysterious read

    Erik Therme self-published his first book, Mortom in February 2014.  He initially started the book more than 20 years ago.  Recently, Erik shared his adventures in self-publishing his first novel that underwent more than three major revisions.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • large group.jpg Video: Celebrate packages 30,000 Meals from the Heartland

    Over 340 volunteers worked together Sunday morning to package 30,000 Meals from the Heartland at Celebrate Community Church. 

    March 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow 5 Videos

  • pre event setup.jpg Slideshow: Celebrate Church packages Meals from the Heartland Scenes from Celebrate Community Church's packaging of Meals from the Heartland on Sunday, March 23, 2014

    March 23, 2014

  • little firsherman on the rocks.jpg Spring arrives in Marion County in style

    The first day of spring, March 20, truly had the appropriate weather. Sunshine and a nice temperature sent many people into the outdoor of splendor of Lake Red Rock. 

    March 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Wesley & Jessica.jpg One special prom date

    Prom night has long been a rite of passage for American high school students. Knoxville High School Prom 2014 will include one couple that no one ever expected to have the ability to take part. 

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dixie Gebhardt Plans underway for Iowa State Flag Day

    Details are still being finalized, but the Birthplace of the Iowa State Flag will celebrate the flag's special day on March 29. 

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • West jump rope pic.jpg West Elementary raises $4,800 for American Heart Association

    Students in grades KinderPrep through First at West Elementary have jumped their way to raising $4,800 for the American Heart Association. 

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • TC FFA 2.jpg TC FFA receives financial gift

    Rhonda Van Rheenen won a contest sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. As a result, the Twin Cedars FFA received a check for $2,500. 

    February 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • eye exam.jpg Video: Knoxville VA offers telemed services

    Medical services offered by the VA Central Iowa Health Care System have expanded to include the use of telemedicine. Benefits include home access to medical services and less time on the road for veterans to meet with care providers. 

    February 27, 2014 3 Photos 2 Videos

  • B&B3.jpg Cast, crew preparing for "Beauty and the Beast"

    Work continued behind the scenes of the Knoxville High School musical production of "Beauty and the Beast" on Saturday. Cast, crew, parents and supports alike have all come together to prepare for the first high school production inside the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. 

    February 22, 2014 7 Photos

Features
AP Video
Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Suspect Dead, Marshals and Cop Wounded in NYC Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Arts, Humanities Awards Handed Out at WH Former Va. Governor's Corruption Trial Begins Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video $15B Deal on Vets' Health Care Reached Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. Maine Police Investigate Deaths of Family of 5 UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage US Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results