A president’s secret visit to the Puget Sound region
Originally aired: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
When President Franklin Roosevelt made a wartime visit to Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton in August 1944, the speech he gave there from the deck of a destroyer was broadcast live on all the national radio networks and witnessed in person by an estimated 20,000 people.
There was no live broadcast when FDR came to Bremerton in September 1942. In fact, the details of his time in Bremerton, Seattle, Fort Lewis, and Vancouver, Washington, and in a total of 24 states during a two-week rail tour, were kept secret from the American public.