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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 11 2006,3:51  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

The Army-chartered freighter Cynthia Olson was sunk by I-26 between Hawaii and California a few hours before the air attack.  In several previous discussions on this board, it has been stated that her crew were machine-gunned in the water.  Burl Burlingame, in "Advance Force Pearl Harbor," makes no mention of this in his description of the attack, and says that the next day, I-19 sighted the lifeboats and passed food to the survivors, who were never seen again.  I know that Burlingame's book is unreliable and exaggerated in some respects, but his account of this incident is fairly detailed and there is no element of sensationalism in this particular case.  Can anyone elaborate on the sources for the statement that the survivors were slaughtered?  Thank you.

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Let me just amend what I wrote about the seeming lack of sensationalism in Burlingame's account of this incident--he does imply a Navy cover-up in the alleged seizure of Lurline's radio logs.  The old fable of Lurline intercepting Kido Butai transmissions is well known, but Burlingame also claims that she picked up Cynthia Olson's SOS and that the Navy suppressed this episode.

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And let me further amend this, on another reading of Burlingame's book.  I indeed gave him too much credit for not sensationalizing the story.  In supporting the conspiracy theory, he claims that "No mention of the loss of Cynthia Olson appeared in public print until more than a year after the war."  In fact a search of the New York Times archive reveals a mention of her loss on 26 December 1941, and an official War Department statement of her loss in a story on 7 February 1942.
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