Defending the East Coast
By day's end, recruiting offices were open all over America. The office in Norfolk, Virginia, remained open all night. In Seattle the Marine Corps recruiting officer was called at home because so many young men were already at the office, demanding to volunteer immediately: Between 6 and 9 P.M. that Sunday evening, eighty-one men enlisted. This was not an unusual occurrence. All offices across America told radio stations and newspapers that they were extending their hours, beginning Monday. Several recruiting officers asked their superiors to be transferred to combat duty.
John J. Slattery, the engineer working on radar research in New Jersey, was deeply concerned about the attack because he was certain the radar system that he had helped design and that was installed in Hawaii worked perfectly. He and other members of the developmental team at Fort Monmouth could not understand what had happened. They could not imagine why the operators had not warned headquarters that the Japanese planes were coming.
His research team had a station at Twin Lights on Atlantic Highlands, a rise about 150 feet high overlooking the approach to New York Harbor. Another station was built in Meriden, Connecticut, and they had used them together to test the newest equipment, the SCR-270, with Army Air Corps planes coming in from the Atlantic.
"The Air Corps had found the system acceptable," Slattery said. "At