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(This post is from 'PSHOOT24@aol.com'  He is having difficulty getting on the board so can you please email his your responses as well as post them here for others to see?  THANKS!)


I would like to know the name of the soldier who saw the Japanese coming to attack Pearl Harbor and warned his superiors who said it was a bunch of birds.

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This is from the Pearl Harbor Myths page:

MYTH : The Opana Point Radar reported the Japanese attack 1 hour before the planes arrived over the harbor, but Adm. Kimmel refused to do anything about it.

FACT: Lt. Kermit Tyler, having ending his first tour of training at the newly established Fighter Information Center, received the report and, thinking it was a flight of B-17s due in from the mainland, told the perators to "forget it." The report went no higher than that. Interestingly enough, the new radars tracked the planes coming and going, but the Army did not tell the Navy about this pointer to the Japanese carriers until the 8th, a fact which quite possibly saved our carriers.

There are only a few people who were actually involved in either the sighting or the establishment of the Figher Information Center. Privates Lockard and Elliot were at Opana Point, Lt. Tyler was in the FIC. Other "interested parties" were Col. Bergquist, who with Col. Tindal established the FIC, and Cmdr. Taylor, USN, who was in Hawaii to teach the Navy how to use radar (and was on "loan" to the Army for the same purpose on Dec. 7th.) All of their testimonies are now available. See the documents

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This is from Julius J. Jaffe.  He is unable to access the board at this time.  He would like to request that all responses be emailed as well as posted here.  His email address is:

PSHOOT24@AOL.COM

Is JOSEPH L. LOCKARD still alive and if so where is he now?


THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.


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There were 2 soldiers who saw the Japanese flight from the Opana Radar. Pvt. George Elliott first called my father Pvt. Joseph McDonald at the Shafter Information Center. Although Lt. Kermit Tyler claims that Pvt. Joe Lockard called , he is in error. My father received the call and made a call back to Opana after Tyler claimed that the sighting was nothing.
    When my father called back to Opana, he got Joe Lockard on the phone. Again , my father approached Lt. Tyler trying to get him to bring back the plotters and call the information in. He put Tyler on the phone to Lockard.
    Three Privates were alert that morning. Joe Lockard was credited with calling in the warning to the Information Center and received the DSM for his actions. George Elliott actually was the one who called it in. Both Joe Lockard and George Elliott alerted the Information Center. I left some other information under the topic of the B17's. The book " The Day of Infamy " by Walter Lord is the only author who spoke with my father. Lord's version is close to how my father described what happened.

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Aloha All,
George McDonald, whose father was involved in the radar history of 7 Dec 1941, sent me sad news today. Opana Ridge radar operator George Elliott of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away this past week end.

His health dropped in this past month. He was in poor health yet continued to have a spark when it came to the Opana radar warning. George was one of the soldiers who tried to do something regarding the unusual radar reading on December 7,1941. His insistence registered the warning received by the information center. His actions were never given the credit that was deserved.

Elliott's Testimony

My vivid memory was his response when I introduced Kermit Tyler, the officer who said 'never mind', to Joe Lockard and him on 6 Dec 1991 at the gate to the Opana Ridge radar site. The conversation was brisk as they recalled the quotations of that morning in 1941. Kermit Tyler had never met the men to whom he had been linked for those many years.

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