Pearl Harbor Survivor Kills Himself


Jan. 10, 1942, Comics
Can’t draw? You too can be a famous cartoonist.

Note: This is an encore post from 2012.

Jan. 10, 1942:  Pearl Harbor survivor William Parks kills himself in San Francisco after going AWOL. “His note to his wife indicated that the bombardment he underwent had upset him,” The Times said.

He was 19.

Aimee Semple McPherson preaches on “The Price of Power” at 10:30 a.m. and “Samson and Delilah” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Angelus Temple.

Tom Treanor recounts a story about tourists visiting L.A. “Do you want to see the orange groves? The Mt. Wilson telescope, the public library, the museum?

“Why,” said one of the rubbernecks, “we thought we’d like to drive down and see where all those people were killed last night.”

Immigration problems?The Times’ classified ads have a solution.

Jimmie Fidler says: Since the blackout, a woman and daughter have been seeking autographs outside the Mocambo, armed with flashlights.

Jan. 10, 1942, Suicide

Jan. 10, 1942, Aimee Semple McPherson

Jan. 10, 1942, Tom Treanor

Jan. 10, 1942, Immigration

Jan. 10, 1942, Jimmie Fidler

Jan. 10, 1942, Jimmie Fidler

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to Pearl Harbor Survivor Kills Himself

  1. Sylvia E. says:

    Lots to take in here. From the Dick Tracy cartoon to the sad story about the sailor and the Lou Costello joke (that probably wouldn’t pass muster now, though no one cheers Nazis today either.) The section of Treanor’s article about how movie art directors were helping with camouflage in the war effort, using their skills and experience with movie sets. I had no idea that they did this. Thanks for sharing this L.A. Times blast from the past.

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