The New York Times of May 21, 1943:Nope. The Man Who Planned and Bombed Pearl Harbor was killed by Army Pilots using intelligence that Navy Code Breakers provided. Long story.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the com-bined Japanese Fleet, who reportedly boasted he would dictate peace terms to the United States from a seat in the White House, was killed during April "while engaged in combat with the enemy" aboard a warplane, Japanese Imperial Headquarters announced in a communique broadcast domestically this morning by the Tokyo radio.
"Gosh," said President Roosevelt upon hearing the news. The Times summarized Yamamoto's life and role in the war:
As Commander in Chief of the Fleet, Admiral Yamamoto had ultimate responsibility for the treacherous attack on Pearl Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Fleet Air Arm while diplomatic negotiations were going on in Washington on Dec. 7, 1941.
By the next day, people were already speculating as to how he died. The Times ran an article the next day highlighting the possibility of suicide, quoting Robert Bellaire, a United Press reporter:
'It may have been hara-kiri. Yamamoto frequently said that he would rather take his own life than lose any Japanese territory.' (NYT, May21, 1943)
Last May, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seal Team 6 in a daring raid of his rat-hole in Pakistan with the approval of our Commander in Chief - President Barack Obama.
Immediately, White House and Obama Campaign Auxiliary compared the raid with the attack on Adm. Yamamoto - Jonathan Alter* in May of 2011 and David Corn this week. Lask night MSNBC house-goofball Chris Matthews compared the President to Henry V.
FDR ordered the attack on Adm. Yamamoto, the Pearl Harbor mastermind. The raid conducted by Army pilots using Navy intelligence was a success. Army pilot Thomas Lamphier is credited with killing Yamamoto on April 18, 1943.
FDR, reacted to the news of the death of Yamamoto with this statement - "Gosh." The news reported only that the Japanese admiral was dead.
FDR said nothing more about it. He was elected in a landslide in 1944, though he made no mention of "getting the Man who Got Pearl Harbor."
See you in November, BHO.
Other thinks so too.
On April 18, 1943, a Japanese airplane carrying Admiral Isokoro Yamamoto, the architect of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, was ambushed and shot down by U.S. war planes. On May 21, the news of Yamamoto’s death was reported as a secondary item on page 1 of the New York Times, below the banner headlines of other war news and reports about U.S. potato crops. The announcement came not from the president, but from the FCC, which had picked up confirmation of Yamamoto’s death on Radio Tokyo. There was no national celebration, and no “victory lap” by president Franklin Roosevelt, who never tried to take personal credit for any of the other military victories of World War II – as though he were a publicity-hungry former community organizer desperate for the glory which other men earned at the risk of their lives. - FRANK SALVIDIO, West Springfield