A tremor of mixed excitement and dread swept the Vineyard on Sunday when the first news of the Japanese attack on the Pacific islands became known through the radio broadcasts. Not for eighty years has this Island scene been duplicated, when the opening of the Civil War found Vineyard men at sea and in or near the war zone. The opening of this Far Eastern war likewise finds Vineyard men in or near the scene, not merely in ships of commerce, but in the armed forces of the country. News was anxiously awaited, but under the circumstances was certain to be much delayed by the considerations of national defense.

Islanders in the Pacific

The Vineyard is represented in the army, the navy and the marine corps on duty in Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. Among those in the Pacific war zone at the time of the outbreak of war were the following:
Lieut. Dayton Eddy of Vineyard Haven, who is supposed to be somewhere between Hawaii and the Philippines.
Richard Thompson, formerly of Vineyard Haven, is stationed in the Philippines, on the island of Luzon, where much savage fighting has taken place.
Joseph Gomes Camacho, who, since his enlistment in the army about a year ago, has been stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gomes Camacho of Oak Bluffs.
Charles Rubinacci and Cecil Grant of Edgartown are also stationed in Hawaii.
Wyman Mortimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Mortimer of Edgartown, an officer on an army transport, was on the Pacific when the war came. His ship, which had sailed from the Pacific coast on Friday, immediately turned back. He wired his parents on Tuesday of his safe arrival.

No Hysteria Shown

No one can know the feeling experienced by parents of these young men as they hear the radio broadcasts, or read the early editions of Monday’s papers, but this much was fully apparent, that the Island joined with the nation in an orderly by emphatic demonstration to see the matter through to the finish. There was no note of worry or apprehension voiced. There was no hysteria shown.
In many places on the Island the American flag was displayed at daylight on Monday Morning. Careful attention was paid by the leaders of civilian defense to the warnings of Governor Saltonstall, and a general tightening of movement could be observed.
The Vineyard has been otherwise affected by this turn of events. There are men in the draft army who, by reason of their ages, have been anticipating their discharges for some time. Although definite information was lacking on Monday, unofficial information coming from some of thee men indicated that they will be retained in the service for the time being at least. Further, it was stated by the same unauthorized sources that men who have already been discharged for this cause, and there are a few, are to be recalled to the colors.