Adventures of the Henley
At about the time Outerbridge was firing the first shots of the war, two privates, Joseph Lockard and George Elliott, were manning the Army's Opana radar station on Kahuku Point, the most northerly point on Oahu. Radar was not sophisticated at the time, and the station was operated only a few hours a day. After General Short received a "war warning" from Washington on November 27, he had ordered that the radar station be operated daily from 4 A.M. to 7 A.M.
When 7 A.M. came, Lockard and Elliott were supposed to shut it down and an Army truck would pick them up for breakfast. The truck was late, so the privates kept the radar on and Lockard was teaching Elliott how the equipment worked. At 7:02 Elliott saw a large blob on the screen and called to Lockard. He recognized it as a fleet of planes and computed them to be approaching from 3 degrees north and 136 miles away, a long distance for the primitive radar to pick up.
Elliott was startled by the size of the blip and guessed it would be caused by at least fifty planes. He and Lockard followed it for a few moments, then Elliott suggested that Lockard call it into the information center.
The station had two telephones, one to the information center and the other to the administrative switchboard. They tried the information center line first but nobody answered, so they tried the administrative telephone operator, who told them he was the only one there. The operator hung up, looked around, and saw that Lieutenant Kermit Tyler, the pursuit duty officer, was still there, so he told the lieutenant about the radar