Attributed by media sources to Lieutenant Colonel James P. S. Devereaux during the Battle of Wake Island. Reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 20. Deveraux denied having made such a statement, saying "I did not send any such message. As far as I know, it wasn't sent at all. None of us was that much of a damn fool. We already had more Japs than we could handle."