(CBS News) “It would be well, perhaps, to review the events of the past seven days and not minimize the horror, to better prepare for what may come again.”

So wrote Elizabeth McIntosh, a newspaper reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, who covered the attack on Pearl Harbor and the surrounding community on December 7, 1941, and on the subsequent week as a climate of war gripped Hawaii.

McIntosh’s editors, however, believed the graphic content of her account would be too upsetting and chose not to run the article. Now, on the 71st anniversary of the surprise attack that pulled America into the war, the Washington Post has published McIntosh’s account for the first time, along with an interview with the journalist and author, now 97.

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