December 7 - 1900: Swift remembers his Cape Cod roots

1941: Pearl Harbor attacked. 1973. Coast Guard prevents fishing boat from sinking
James "Scotty" Reston on left with his wife Sally and son Jim, remembers Pearl Harbor attack. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, courtesy of the Vineyard Gazette.

1973: Another dramatic helicopter rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard

15 men saved 150 miles east of Cape Cod

On this day in 1973 UPI ran a story about a United States Coast Guard crew rescuing 15 men aboard the Tusket River, a Canadian scalloper, 150 miles east of the Cape.

According to the story, the crew of the scalloper radioed the Coast Guard and said they were taking on water, but had managed to stay afloat.

The Coast Guard crew delivered pumps to the boat after midnight. After receiving the pumps, the crew was able to make the return trip home to their home base in Nova Scotia.

1900: Swift remembers his youth here

Invites Cape Cod men to join him in Chicago

In a story in the New York Times in 1900, "wealthy packer" G. H. Swift remembered his upbringing on Cape Cod. 

In the story, he invited young men and women from the Cape to join him in Chicago where he promised "rapid advancement where ability and worth are shown", according to the article.

Read the full story on the right.

1941: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, World War II starts for America

The Vineyard Gazette's "Scotty" Reston remembers it years later

On this day in 1941 the nation of Japan launched a surprise, unprovoked, attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The attack was intended as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia against Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. The attack consisted of two aerial attack waves totaling 353 aircraft, launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers.

The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service late in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed, or 600 less killed than in the terrorism attack on 9/11.

The Martha's Vineyard Gazette's late owner, James Reston, was the bureau chief for the New York Times in 1974, and wrote the column below.

Read more about James "Scotty" Reston here.

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