CONFIDENTIAL

 

[1] Rec'dG-2 Jan 29, 1942

 

HEADQUARTERS HAWAIIAN DEPARTMENT

 

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF FOR MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

 

Fort Shafter, T. H., 31 Dec. 1941.

 

In reply refer to: 350.05 (G-2)

Subject: Report on Internal Subversive Activities for the Month of December 1941

 

To: Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, War Department General Staff, War Department, Washington,
D. C.

 

1. Reference paragraph 6a, CONFIDENTIAL letter, AG 350.05 (8-5-40) M-B-M, dated 17 August 1940, the following items are submitted:

 

HAWAIIAN DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING ALL POSTS, FIELDS, AND DISTRICTS

 

Period: 15 November 1941 to 15 December 1941

 

Individual and special cases

 

The abnormal conditions which have prevailed in this Department since 7 December 1941 have made inadvisable, for the time being, continuing investigation of minor routine cases, other more pressing matters having been given priority. Only cases of more active character, such as have been listed in previous reports with an asterisk to denote their importance continue under active investigation at present. It is anticipated, however, that the summary for next month, January 1942, will be in its usual complete form.

 

Situation summary

 

PROPAGANDA: Japanese radio broadcasts, presumably originating in Japan, give highly exaggerated accounts of Japanese success, together with violent anti-American propaganda. No local stations are permitted to broadcast in Japanese (or in any other foreign language). Except for these broadcasts there has been no attempt at enemy propaganda. Gossip and loose talk among local residents of all nationalities, both service personnel and civilian, were common immediately after the raid of 7 December, but have subsided to a reasonable volume and are decreasing. No instance has been verified of deliberate spreading of rumors as enemy propaganda.

SUSPICIOUS CASES almost without number have been reported and investigated, with results largely negative. Among service personnel, the unanimous report of all S-2's has been that even those individuals in the past most suspected of subversive tendencies have proved intensely loyal when put to the test of actual war conditions.

 

Estimate of the situation

 

[2] No attempt can be made in this summary to cover other than the internal situation, as only preliminary investigations have been made of most of the aliens in detention, and the labor of checking reports of alleged subversive actions continues, with little positive result, on a 24 hour daily basis. In general it may be said, however, that the morale of the civilian populace is very high, and that labor disputes and other disturbing factors have disappeared in the general effort to effect a united front.

Within the various Army establishments morale is at the highest level. However, in anticipation of the probable "let-down" incident to the lessening of the initial excitement, the C. S. System is being completely reorganized and enlarged so as to cover effectively all of the newly arriving units as well as those already established in the Department.

 

Kendall J. Fielder

KENDALL J. FIELDER

Lt. Colonel, G. S. C.

A. C. of S., G-2

 

(PROCEEDINGS OF CLARKE INVESTIGATION pg.170 )