Look Back: Pearl Harbor, 1941
Date: 12/5/2011 Album ID: 1373724
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
by Tim O'Neil --- The front pages of Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, gave little hint of a surprise attack upon Pearl Harbor that radio broadcasters would report breathlessly at 1:31 p.m. local time. Next morning, hundreds of civilians mobbed recruiting stations downtown. More than 400 applied for the Navy, 40 times the daily average. Outside the federal Custom House (Old Post Office), crowds gathered around a temporary loudspeaker at Eighth and Olive streets to hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s war speech to Congress.