Arts & Entertainment

"Sailor Hats Bobbing in the Water": Pearl Harbor Lecture at Montville Library

850f05e25514003ab271_James_Kane.JPG
James Kane lectured on Pearl Harbor at the Montville Township Public Library on Nov. 30. Credits: Melissa Benno
850f05e25514003ab271_James_Kane.JPG

MONTVILLE, NJ – When veteran and former educator James Kane saw an older gentleman wearing a cap that said “Pearl Harbor Survivor” while traveling in the Balkans, he had to meet him and hear his story.

The fellow veteran told Kane he was aboard the Nevada, whose engines had been firing since midnight the night before because of a command given by a tipsy officer who had had one too many mai tais while on shore leave.

“Normally it would have taken four hours to ready a ship to leave, he told me,” Kane said, “but since the boilers had been working all night, when the Japanese attacked, the ship was able to get underway.”

Sign Up for E-News

Kane told the gentleman’s story to a crowd of about 50 at the Montville Township Public Library on Nov. 30.

Unfortunately the Nevada suffered damages and was beached. The veteran went above deck at about 11 a.m., approximately an hour after the attack ended, and told Kane he remembered seeing nothing but smoke and flames everywhere.

“What he remembered most of all, and this stays with me forever, were the white sailor hats, bobbing in the water,” Kane said. “He looked out there and saw one hundred or more, and knew that every guy who had worn one was gone.”

Kane asked the veteran about the 600 unidentified victims buried in a common grave that Kane had paid his respects to. The gentleman explained that the soldiers had not been wearing dog tags because it was peacetime. The attack was completely unexpected.

Kane described the elite Japanese fighting forces that set sail at the end of November, 1941, shortly after unsuspecting Americans had celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey and hometown football games. He explained that Japanese Marshal Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was opposed to the attack. Yamamoto had studied at Harvard and was a military attaché in Washington, D.C. Therefore, he had a sense of Americans and their thinking, Kane said.

Kane described the precision with which Yamamoto planned the attack – right down to the fact that the refueling would result in soldiers being washed overboard; that the American soldiers would be resting early on a Sunday morning, and Yamamoto hired a cruise ship to navigate a practice run of the route, going so far as to dock in the port at Oahu and discharge spies.

“The spies reported that the depth of the harbor was too shallow for their torpedoes, so they had to be altered for the depth,” Kane said. “It was a very precise operation.”

Kane described the day, and the destruction left behind.

“It was a tactical success, but it had strategic errors, and Yamamoto knew it,” Kane said.

Kane listed the errors as the submarine base, dry dock facility and oil farms remaining after the attack.

He also said the Japanese misread the will of the American people.

“We felt fear initially, but then anger, rage, and then we wanted revenge,” Kane said.

The Montville VFW Post #5481 will be hosting its annual Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony at 11:00 a.m. today at the Community Park Youth Center, which is the brown building behind the VFW post.

The public is invited.

For more information about the Montville Township Public Library’s lectures, concerts and programs for teens, adults and children, click HERE.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_1f6df564edc85f1c78f8_kiss

Thu, April 26, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Milton Hershey: "King of Chocolate"

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

Carousel_image_b5185bee6ec1083f00ed_arbor_day_2016__2018_tapinto_montville

Fri, April 27, 9:00 AM

Amphitheater behind the Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Arbor Day Celebration

Home & Garden

Sat, April 28, 8:00 AM

College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown

Conference and Resource Fair Promotes Advocacy ...

Education Giving Back

Carousel_image_9e0eb0a36e0e2575acf7_beauty

Sat, April 28, 6:00 PM

Montville Township High School Auditorium, Montville

Pathways Play, Concert

Giving Back

Calling For The Resignation of Councilwoman June Witty

April 12, 2018

Dear Editor,

This week, Montville Township Republican Committeewoman, June Witty, posted a chart depicting a swastika that compared Democrats to Nazis on her personal Facebook page. This post by Committeewoman Witty was not only insensitive to township residents registered as Democrats but, more importantly, this post is rooted in hate and vitriol toward the Jewish Community. Anti-Semitism is ...

Arbor Day to be Celebrated on April 27

April 24, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Environmental Commission invites residents to the 20th annual Arbor Day and Poster Contest Winner celebration event, to be held Friday, April 27 at 9 a.m. at the amphitheater.

This year the commission will be honoring Montville Township High School teacher and MTHS Earth Club advisor Paul Rolfe.

Fourth graders from across the township who have ...

Short Evacuation Occurs at MTHS

April 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – A short evacuation occurred at Montville Township High School on April 17.

After the regular 2:10 p.m. dismissal, a fire alarm sounded but an announcement was made naming it a false alarm, according to a student who was in the building for an extracurricular activity.

The alarm again went off at 2:18 p.m. and the student said an announcement was made that the building ...

Police Officer Offers Cyber Safety Tips

April 21, 2018

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ – Sergeant Tom Rich of the Summit Police Department spoke before a room packed with parents wanting to hear about technology’s effect on their children and his seminar entitled “Media & Cyber Safety: Protecting Children and Teens” on April 12.

The 20-year police veteran discussed his passion for working with and helping children. He said that in a ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit Funding Increase

April 23, 2018

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

April 25, 2018

Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

This popular, educational program presents an opportunity to hear up-to-date presentations from ...

Columns

Century 21 Open Houses This Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 Open Houses for this weekend:

Saturday, April 21 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)

Sunday, April 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)
172 Pine Brook Road, Montville
10 ...

Century 21 Open Houses this Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 open houses for this weekend:

Saturday, April 14 from 1 - 4 p.m.

1.  Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)

Sunday, April 15 from 1 - 4 p.m.

1.  42 Horseneck Road, Montville

2.  Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two ...

Century 21 Open Houses This Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 The Crossing open houses this weekend:

Saturday, April 7 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)

Sunday, April 8 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)
42 Horseneck Road, ...

Century 21 Open Houses This Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 The Crossing open houses this weekend:

Saturday, March 31 from 1 - 4 p.m.  

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)
1 Kirsten Court, Towaco
42 Horseneck Road, Montville

Saturday, March 31 from 1 - 3 p.m.

12 Pond View, Montville

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Pet Corner