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Secretary of the Navy Knox, Frank

Frank Knox visited Oahu shortly after the Japanese attack. Admiral Husband Kimmel (Kimmel, Husband E.) relayed the misleading story that sabotage and fifth column activity by Japanese-Americans, nisei, had been the cause of confusion during the action and had interfered with the military response. Knox was then reported in the New York Times, December 16, as saying, "The most effective fifth column work in this war was done in Hawaii, with the exception of Norway." In spite of continued lack of evidence, he was campaigning for internment of all nisei in Hawaii, one third of the population, as late as February 1942.

See also: Kimmel, Husband E.; nisei; Oahu