Several news items competed for attention in today’s Sunday Tribune: Men over 38 would no longer be inducted. This would not necessarily be good news to my father who was still angling to join the Army. Also, older soldiers might even be released to work in industry, where the shortage of personnel was becoming severe. We know now where this led: the inclusion of women on a massive scale and tectonic shifts on the social structure that are still playing out today.
An editorial cartoon heralded the increasing German disaster in Russia as a turning point. But even as a sense of relief spread concerning the war in Europe, a corresponding dread increased about the war in the Pacific. Looking back, the paper listed the numbers killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor while a page 2 story shared quotes from Joseph C. Grew’s new book “Report from Tokio.” The former ambassador to Tokio (sic) said, “I know Japan… I lived there for 10 years…The Japanese will not crack… Only by utter physical destruction or utter exhaustion of their men and materials can they be defeated.”