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74 years ago on December 7th 1941

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy�� : FDR Asks for a Declaration of War

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military. Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war as illustrated in this audio excerpt. Although he never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had by then declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European war he had long wanted.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 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. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or 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 as 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 Japanese forces 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. . .

Source: Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.

Re: 74 years ago on December 7th 1941

Mike ivy if there is a grade school near you i suggest you enroll in a adding and subtracting class. The pearl harbor attack happened 67 years ago not 74 yrs ago. Subtract 1941 from 2008. And germany and italy declared war on the United states on dec 11 1941. You must be taking history rewriting lessons frm Old Uncle Joe bin biden and the shiny one.

Re: 74 years ago on December 7th 1941

Yes, by all means Mike, never make a mistake on a Post around Duane.

I mean just look at his perfect posts, Perfect SPELLING, Perfect Sentence Structure.

Re: 74 years ago on December 7th 1941

Duane I would like to thank you for your correction of the years that I posted, and you are correct. Guess at times cutting and pasting needs to be checked.

I see the only reason that you responded to a posting covering Dec 7th 1941 was as expected only to cretic the poster, and not to psot anything positive in nature to this day which most of us, surely not you, pay respect to those who went before us.

And of course your little racist comment must be encluded.

You are one very sad fellow.

Again thank you for the correction.

Yeah I got my GED in the Army,[ dummy I am ] but managed to make 6 figures throughout most of my career and enjoyed every dime of it.

Re: 74 years ago on December 7th 1941

Mike- We appreciate Your post, and I give You credit
for taking the time to remember this historic event.
I don't normally try to say anything negative here,
but must say Duane because of this post. You are indeed a "Piece of work" Geeesh! give some credit!