Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Elizabeth P. McIntosh wrote an eyewitness account that is being published today for the very first time.
The editor who assigned the story to her ultimately decided not to publish it. Here it is, 71 years later.
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McIntosh was assigned to report on the bombing from a woman’s perspective. And as she states in her interview the Washington Post, her view was no different as a woman than anyone else’s would have been.
She gives a graphic perspective of what that infamous day was like. Her editors felt it would be too upsetting for readers at that time.
The account is extremely well-written and serves as a remembrance of and tribute to the heroes of the day. You can read the story here
McIntosh went on to serve in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the CIA after her career in journalism. She has authored four books and is now 97 years old.