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RSU/tes

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS AREA

UNITED STATES ARMY

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF G—2

MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, PUBLIC RELATIONS, CIVIL DEFENSE

SEVENTH FLOOR, STANDARD OIL BUILDING

Baltimore, Maryland, December 18, 1941

 

In reply refer to File: III-7764

 

SECRET

 

Subject: Reports of Rumors Concerning Japanese Attack on Hawaii.

 [Stamped:] Secret. Date 12/18/41. HQ. 3RD C. A.  Initial, PLT.

To: Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2

War Department

Washington, D. C.

 

Attention Lt. Col. W. A. Holbrook, Jr.

 

1. This office is in receipt of a report, information of undetermined reliability, source usually reliable, which is quoted as follows:

"Three weeks ago SENATOR GILLETT at Washington warned officials what was going to happen. Stated that Japan would declare war on United States Dec. 19. Also told of an attack on Hawaii. No attention paid to assertions and Dec. 9 held conference with some of the leading officials of New York City, State of New Jersey, Jersey City and two congressmen from Washington who flew back for this conference. Conference was for purpose of possibly setting up an individual Intelligence Unit because they are disgusted with the actions of G-2 in some cases and as far as O. N. I. is concerned they are so disgusted against this group that they do not know what to do about it. At Washington Dec. 9, one of the highest officials of the British Government got in communication with the same country's officials at New York and in substance here is the story—the Japanese Business Group at Honolulu had invited practically all the officers at Pearl Harbor to a big celebration and dinner on Saturday evening. A vast number of the Naval officers were reported to have been so drunk that they had to be taken to their quarters. He also stated that the damages suffered by the United States Government at Honolulu and on the sea were far greater than the total damages that England suffered the first year of the war on the sea. Am positive that SENATOR GILLETT has received a lot of his information from WYTHE WILLIAMS, who has retired from the air and is now preparing several books. Remember that WILLIAMS is a pal and confident of ATTORNEY GENERAL BIDDLE and still the F. B. I. is reported to be afraid of WILLIAMS and the material that he sends out. WILLIAMS is smart. He has a staff here in New York that includes the ex-Chief of Police of Berlin (Note, G-2 III C. A.: Believed to be one GRZYSINSKI, who has lectured against Nazism in New York) and other good men." Destroyed by 84 Dec. 29, 1941.

2. However much or little truth there may be in this report, the possibility is not overlooked by this office that there may be an attempt to make political capital at the expense of military and naval morale.

3. No other distribution of this report whatsoever has been or will be made from this office. No action is contemplated except at the request of the War Department.

4. The original report, quoted above, was dated December 10th. The capitalization of names of persons was done by this office. The source was a Pittsburgh source which has been discussed with General Miles.

 

Philip L. Thurber,

PHILIP L. THURBER,

Colonel G. S. C.

A. C. of S., G-2.

 (PROCEEDINGS OF CLARKE INVESTIGATION pg. 171-2)