In her November 1, 1941 “My Day” column, Eleanor reacted to the sinking of the U.S.S. Reuben James. “The news of the torpedoing of one of our destroyers off Iceland was the first thing that the President spoke of this morning, and that has cast a shadow over the whole day. I cannot help but think of every one of the 120 men and their families, who are anxiously awaiting news. When this is translated into terms of a specific destroyer on which your own child is serving, it makes it seem a very close and personal anxiety. I want to tell each family how much my thoughts are with them in these trying hours.” To read the full article, visit the “My Day” archives hosted by George Washington University.
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