United States marks 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

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United States marks 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Figured I would get this up a day early, but as everyone knows, tomorrow is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which conjures up the iconic image and sound of FDR’s address to the Congress a day later, on December 8th.

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

There are a million good videos and books about Pearl Harbor, and hopefully they will be discussing the attack all day on the History and Military channels (and hopefully you have time to watch) but I think the best one is perhaps “Tora, Tora, Tora: The True Story of Pearl Harbor”:

This video is also excellent:

A reminder that while 76 years have passed, those who were killed at Pearl Harbor are still being identified and returned home:

The military has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the U.S. battleship Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.

The milestone, announced Friday, comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up nearly 400 sets of remains from a Hawaii cemetery…

Officials had the bodies exhumed after determining that advances in forensic science and genealogical help from families could make identifications possible.

In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded at Pearl Harbor. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.  In the greater theater in the Pacific, the total of dead or missing were 111, 606, with another 253,000+ wounded.

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As a long time Legion member I always mark the date. 07 December 1941, as a day of reflection of the sacrifices of those veterans who went before me. I would also remind our members of a of a very similar and more recent attack that was only different form the 07 December 1941 attack because it was smaller in scope but still resulted in the murder and maiming of our service men. I encourage us all to remember 08 June 1967 when another foreign military force attacked us and we did not aid our own people but paid the attackers and still do.

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