How the Pearl Harbor Attack Changed

By Kimberly Citron FoxNews | Video Posted: 01/13/2017 December 26, 1941— Pity the fool who did not have dinner reservations in New York City the night that Pearl Harbor was attacked. The next morning,…

By Kimberly Citron FoxNews | Video Posted: 01/13/2017

December 26, 1941— Pity the fool who did not have dinner reservations in New York City the night that Pearl Harbor was attacked.

The next morning, wails of war echoed from Brooklyn to Newark and all points in between. Charles Lindbergh pulled into the Newark Airport at five o’clock, waved to the grandstands packed with flag-waving crowds, and returned to New York City just before 5:00 PM.

New York was a city already on a roll. Lindbergh had brought publicity to the Red Cross program that had driven the desperate flee of European Jews to America at that time. In fact, the General Committee for Refugees was now named the American Jewish Refugee Committee (AGRC). The organization was made up of some of the most visible names in the American Jewish community.

In New York City, many New Yorkers were determined to rid themselves of a culture that identified too closely with the world of Europe. In opposition to the New Deal were the conservative Republican Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Representative Hamilton Fish and Governor Alfred E. Smith. In favor of the New Deal were the liberal Smith, Mayor La Guardia and George Wallace, the recently retired governor of Alabama.

Lindbergh, the celebrity pilot, appeared in several “Meet Me in St. Louis” commercials with Smith, the liberal mayor. The mayor had a reputation for gracious manners, but he didn’t strike fear into the hearts of Lindbergh and his companions, like Captain Francis Scott Key, a revolutionary taking on President Theodore Roosevelt’s battleship the USS Constitution. Indeed, Lindbergh and Key seemed to revel in the fact that they were essentially misfits among the world of elite social elites.

The driver of the prevailing cultural elite was the celebrated theatrical star Warner Oland. With his money, Oland had more access to all the biggest events in New York City than anyone else. This luxury raised Lindbergh’s personal profile. He moved among the best restaurants, hotels and theaters, sometimes in company with American legend Marlene Dietrich, and occasionally with Harold Lloyd, another star of the silent movie era.

In typical fashion, Oland was a New York Manhattanite. His home was at 3 West 76th Street. Lindbergh was staying at 40 West End Avenue, a more discreet building.

Eventually, Lindbergh and Oland were friends. Not just friends, but members of a tight-knit group of “Saturday Night Specials” traveling from theater to dinner. Despite the casual and occasionally crude nature of their conversations, they respected one another’s honor and filled their carriages with conversation. They eventually attended high society weddings. Most famously, Oland was a bridesmaid in Lindbergh’s wedding to his bride, the tall, beautiful Pauline Baer Lindbergh. In addition to their friendship, Lindbergh and Oland invited Louis Armstrong to participate in their yearly gathering of Saturday Night Specials.

Lindbergh and Oland shared a fondness for historical travel, and Lindbergh remained active in his roots as an aviator. But with the World War II, Lindbergh’s life changed irrevocably.

The Air Force fighter pilot was well-trained and enjoyed the adrenaline rush of close combat. When he came to New York City, he preferred to ride in the carriages of the Saturday Night Specials. Once he was back in “the bubble,” however, Lindbergh’s life was different. The aviator on display on TV screens around the world was now a leader in the United States. In wartime, New York City was a wartime city. The entertainment elite were in uniform.

As war raged, Lindbergh became a wartime celebrity. The necktie-sporting pilot was now a chrome-plated general, groomed to a degree never seen before or since. He created his own elaborate white limousine. The famous American aviator had become a general.

During the time of World War II, the zeppelin company had more to lose than most industries. At the beginning of the war, President Roosevelt could foresee what this new venture would mean to his plans for the occupation of Europe. If these gigantic machines of death and destruction and mass deportation were lost to the war effort, it would greatly impair Roosevelt’s plans for occupying Europe. If the zeppelins managed to escape the aircraft carriers, they would be captured by the allies.

Though Hitler insisted on the creation of giant flying machines to carry out his mass deportations, Germany’s emperor increasingly concluded that he was a loser because his heliplanes could not perform certain missions

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