|USS Houston arrives in Honolulu|
Constantly referred to as “F.R.” in the local paper, not the “F.D.R.” that many have grown accustomed, Roosevelt planted a small kukui tree outside of the Iolani Palace on the 28th before offering farewell remarks and departing the islands at a little before noon.
Radford Mobley of the Honolulu Star Bulletin wrote that the President came to Hawaii,
For more than a mere fishing expedition...Concerning Hawaii as the American outpost of the Pacific, the president is anxious to confer with the heads of the military units first hand to determine for himself the defense needs here. His visit may later lead to an increase in the size of the army and navy posts…As the time approaches for the release of the Philippines, the president desires full preparedness information regarding this bulwark in the Pacific.
By the summer of 1944, much of Mr. Mobley’s insight proved prescient.
|MacArthur, Roosevelt and Nimitz|