Daily Archives: December 17, 2011

The real story behind that Pearl Harbor photo

Remember that photo of women at Pearl Harbor apparently fighting a fire that MSNBC was trying to find out about? I mentioned it here back on December 9.

Well, it didn’t take long for investigative reporter Bill Dedman to ferret out the real story by tracking down one of the women.

So the bottom line: These women were female firefighters at Pearl Harbor, the place. To that extent the photo is authentic. But they weren’t fighting a fire when this photograph was taken, and they weren’t fighting any fires on Dec. 7, the day we remember every year on Pearl Harbor Day.

Dedman’s full account is definitely well worth reading.