Intelligence Staff Informed FDR Of A Pending Attack On Pearl Harbor
Shortly before the Pearl Harbor attack, FDR called Don C. Smith (War
Service for the Red Cross) to the White House for a meeting concerning
a Top Secret matter. At this meeting FDR advised Smith that his
intelligence staff had informed him of a pending attack on Pearl
Harbor, by the Japanese. FDR anticipated many casualties and much loss.
FDR instructed Smith to send workers and supplies to a holding area, at
a port of entry on the West Coast, where they would await further
orders to ship out. No destination was to be revealed. FDR left no
doubt in Smith's mind that none of the Naval and Military officials in
Hawaii were to be informed.