World War Two Press Release
The teletypes (news wires) that are presented here were received at the Morning Free Press in Easton, Pennsylvania during the beginning of the United States involvement in World War Two. The Morning Free Press was in existence from 1938 through 1945.
These teletypes were collected by my father-in-law, William Biesel, while he worked as a telegraph editor at The Morning Free Press in the early 1940’s before he enlisted in the army. It was the use of these teletype machines that newspapers and newsrooms received information about the events that were taking place around the world. It was one such event that was received on December 7, 1941 that propelled the United States into war with Japan, the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The transcripts and photocopies of the actual teletypes that I present here are to the best of my knowledge provided in the time sequence that they were received at the newspaper. I have, also, tried to keep the exact spelling that is contained on each document. As you will see in some cases the news wire will give directions as to where the information should be included in a previously received news wire. Wherever possible I have included photographs of the individuals mentioned in the news wire as a point of reference. The photographs were not transmitted with the teletype presented. By presenting these news wires in the sequence (time line) that they were received I hope to show how World War Two unfolded to an editor at a newspaper.
WASHINGTON–JAPANESE SHELLING ISLANDS IN HAWAIIAN AREA, NAVY SAYS.