Shedding Light on Panay Incident
Commander David H. Grover, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts Jr. (“Climax of Isolationism, Countdown to World War,” December, pp. 32–38) has done us all a favor, in two respects. First, he has provided a well-written article on the 75th anniversary of the loss of the USS Panay. Second, in doing so he has created new insights into what happened from the perspective of his father, Captain Frank Roberts Sr., the Army officer who played a prominent and yet little-known role on board the ship during the Japanese attack as well as afterward.