The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 14
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 14

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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY. DECEMBER 7, 1997 ISA. Book: Roosevelt knew Pearl Harbor attack coming! ning to visit Annapolis, Md., in the next few weeks, to spend time'i with his widowed sister-in-law, t and to stroll through the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy, up to' the knoll overlooking College ;4J Creek, where his brother, Tom jj was so recently laid to rest, beside" w his other brother, Manning, beside ' their father. ; 4 There, etched atop Adm. Hus-band E. Kimmel's headstone, as if; flouting the honor that history has r not granted, are four stars. in 1968 at age 86, still wearing the shame and blame of America's "day of infamy." Kimmel's recent salvo was a 2-inch thick report he compiled with the new information from Douglas' book, Richardson's article, and other sources. Now that Cohen has rejected that information, Kimmel is considering a letter-writing campaign to military and veterans organizations asking for support. Meanwhile, Kimmel is plan i n II . M t H f Ashes of vets to be spread lover Arizona i i The Associated Press J HONOLULU Two JNavy men who survived Pearl Harbor are scheduled I to have their ashes scattered today on the waters above jjhe battleship Arizona, an t honor extended to those who survived the attack while serving on another ship, or those who served on 'the Arizona before the attack. Jack Carson of Sher-Swood, Ore., died in June, and jack Beardsley of Carson "City, Nev., died in August, jjjhe friends served aboard 'the destroyer USS Henley, Swhich returned fire against &ie Japanese bomber squadrons during the attack 56 Jyears ago, Petty Officer Da-Jvid Nagle, a spokesman for jthe Pearl Harbor Naval Base, said Thursday. ' Carson's widow, Frances, arranged for the JNavy to scatter her husband's ashes. "Because it meant so much to him, this was one '"thing she knew she had to Udo," his daughter-in-law, jLori, said from her home in Oregon. In all, 13 Arizona survi-tvors have had their ashes 'placed with their long-dead comrades in arms. E' against Ned Kimmel and he knows it. Even though the government recently softened its stance and now maintains that blame for Pearl Harbor must be "broadly shared," Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton have all denied Kimmel family requests to posthumously restore their father's rank and completely exonerate him. Late last month, Kimmel got another cold-water splash of bad news: Defense Secretary William Cohen denied the most recent call for exoneration of Husband Kimmel, who Cohen said "remain(s) accountable" for his actions 56 years ago. "Absent significant new information, I do not believe it appropriate to order another review of this matter," Cohen wrote in a letter to Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., who as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee had asked for Husband Kimmel's exoneration. Still, Kimmel said the latest setback won't sink him. Nor will his brother's death in January. As they said in his father's Navy: Don't give up the ship. "That's probably why I've lived as long as I have to fight the damned thing to the very end," said Kimmel. That's also why he's turned his office into a "war room" and his retirement into a battle against the bureaucrats. His weapons: two computers and printers, two address books, overstuffed file cabinets, a fax machine, a telephone and many, many stamps. Despite two artificial hips, weak eyesight and shaky hands, the tall and solid retired lawyer moves about the room working one weapon and then the next. His mission: to clear the name of a man, who died PEARL HARBOR From I A Husband Kimmel spent the next 24 years fighting to be exonerated and restored to the rank of four-star admiral, but he died without success, leaving his sons to carry on his fight. One of his three sons, Tom like his father, a retired admiral died this year at age 82, after dedicating the later years of his life almost exclusively to the family plight. The eldest son, Manning, died in 1944 while commanding a submarine off the Philippine coast. Now, Edward, 72, the youngest, is the family patriarch and carrier of the torch. And the man everyone calls "Ned" has gathered what he considers powerful new ammunition. Based on information in recent books and articles, including a forthcoming book by a writer in Illinois, Kimmel believes President Franklin D. Roosevelt and other top officials knew the Japanese were bound for Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But they did nothing to warn Adm. Husband Kimmel or his counterpart in the Army, Gen. Walter C. Short, who also was demoted. Two books published in 1995, recent historical papers and articles, and a book by writer Gregory Douglas due out early next year, all indicate that U.S. officials had knowledge ,of the attack from intercepted and decoded Japanese messages. A chapter in Douglas' new book describes how Germany intercepted a Nov. 26, 1941, radiotelephone message from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Roosevelt, warning of the Japanese attack. Palm Beach Post File Photos 'To be for the Kimmels is to be against Roosevelt,' one scholar says of the fight to restore the four-star rank ofAdm. Husband Kimmel (right). Although an archivist in Washington has questioned the authenticity of Douglas' documentation, even if such findings are true, the problem for Ned Kimmel is: to absolve his father would require the U.S. government to acknowledge that Roosevelt let Pearl Harbor happen. Douglas agreed that his information may not help Kimmel in his quest. "Governments do not ever admit to mistakes," he said. "It isn't the truth that matters, it's perception." David C. Richardson, a retired three-star admiral and former NATO intelligence officer, who this year wrote an article criticizing a 1995 Department of Defense inquiry into the Kimmel family's request, also thinks Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor. But to revise history at the expense of one of America's most beloved presidents is unlikely, he said. "To be for the Kimmels is to be against Roosevelt," he said. "That, I think, has been the biggest block to this whole thing." So, the odds remain stacked Auctioneer! & Appetisers MIAMI GALLERY ESTATE JEWELRY AUCTION Friday December 12 at 7:30 P.M. Exhibition: Sunday December 7, 12-5 P.M. Monday December 8, 10-5 P.M. Tuesday December 9, 10-5 P.M. Wednesday December 10, 10-5 P.M. Thursday December 11, 10-9 P.M. 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