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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation
delivered 8 December 1941


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.
 

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"... I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy, and <b>those who have gone before me</b> to defend freedom and democracy around the world..." -Sailor's Creed

Japanese pissed off the wrong people that day. :ssalute:
 

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may we never forget....last night I watched a special about dropping the bombs on "WHEN WEATHER CHANGED HISTORY-NAGASAKI" on the weather channel....it was a great show.
 

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Attended a wreath laying ceremony. Touching.

Have been in person to the Arizona Memorial. Gut wrenching and emotional to say the least.

My man, Juice. You da' man brotha!
 

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My Grandfather was there. Leonard Anderson. Ive heard stories! God bless.
 

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Excellent post.
 

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Yes, excellent post.

My grandfather (Navy WW2 vet) has an old black n white picture of the USS Arizona; taken some time before Dec. 7, 1941 the Arizona is afloat and intact with the entire crew present on deck. :ssalute:

I get chills everytime I see that pic, and would be extremely grateful and honored to keep that pic on my wall someday.

:ssalute::usa::ssalute:
 

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nice pics. someday i would love to go visit. don't see that happening though, as my wife hates to fly. guess i'll have to go alone!!!
 

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My Grandfather was there. Leonard Anderson. Ive heard stories! God bless.
My grandfather was there as well. He had already served a hitch in the Navy and was working in the submarine pens as a civilian. On the 7th he was filming pics of his wife and kids as it was their anniversary. He actually got a few quick shots of the japanese planes flying over before he realized what was happening, ditched the camera and told grandma to get the kids and find safety.. He then ran to the harbor to see what he could do to help. I believe he ended up spending the next few days working on/with the Oklahoma trying to free the men trapped there. He didn't like talking to much about it till the last couple years of his life.

He and grandma (and the family) went back for their 60th wedding anniversary, and they (authorities) let them lay the wreath down over the Arizona.
 

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A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

The attack on Pearl Harbor, hard to believe that it's been 70 years!

:ssalute: To those who lost their lives that day. :usa:

Joe
 

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The attack on Pearl Harbor, hard to believe that it's been 70 years!

:ssalute: To those who lost their lives that day. :usa:

Joe
Amen. :ssalute::usa: RIP Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen.

A very important date that every American should always remember and reflect upon. Unfortunately, not every American appreciates the history of this country.
 

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:usa:God Bless the men & women who are serving and served to keep us free:ssalute:

Few photos from Pearl Harbor this year on the honeymoon.



Mighty Mo!









Arizona Memorial











 

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As Jay Leno would say. "Back when men were men and women were glad of it".

My Dad served but not during Pearl Harbor. He would have been 92 this coming March. I miss him and all those like him during that time. Here in Ridgecrest I think we have one Pearl Harbor survivor left. We are losing 1,500 of those WWII patriots every day and soon that personal history will be gone and we'd serve ourselves by remembering....forever.
 
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