Pearl Harbor Day

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. 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, that 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 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – December 8, 1941

Listen to the entire speech – 7:11

26 Responses

  1. That was and always will be one of the greatest calls to arms of all times.

    There is a game server running a flight simulator game today in honor of Pearl Harbor. The Game is called IL-2 1946 and the game community is called the Allied War Machine and are located at Why don’t we all take a break from the current reality of our political and economical situations and reflect onto a time in the past when our countrymen stood and rallied against extreme hardship and fighting in retaliation to unprovoked attacks which cost the lives of so many of our countrymen and awoke the sleeping giant that was the Allied War Machine.

    Let us honor those who fought and those who died, those who gave up much and those who sacrificed everything in defense of our freedoms and our nation while honoring them in an enjoyable manor. Let us remember those men and women who during a time of great adversity rose up and fought back even as overwhelming odds were stacked against them.

  2. Thanks for posting this.
    I had never read his prepared statement, on that fateful date.
    It also gave me a better understanding, as I had always thought the other attacks came on the following day, but it was the same day, just different dates.
    The International Dateline, wouldn’t you know.

  3. Thank you.Thank you. Over the years I have only heard parts of the great speech that helped America become one to defeat our enemies. It is in part due to the sacrifices of millions of men and women not only in the armed forces but in the police, fire and emergency departments all around the United States and the resilience of the American people to stand up for their beliefs. Some paid the ultimate sacrifices to keep the Stars and Stripes flying high. To me the way to honor them is to make sure their sacrifices were not in vain and keep the Stars and Stripes flying over our nation under God against all enemies then and now. I say “Thank you” from a grateful nation. WE MUST NEVER FORGET!!!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing this and reminding us Nuke, we in Australia also had our own Pearl harbor at Darwin, t’was them japanese then too. Thank God for America and the bravery of our forces or we would have been done for.

  5. Nuke, you okay? Ed just posted that a large, damaging tornado was in Mississippi.

  6. squall line is starting to get close. right now just windy. thanks for axing

  7. someone clean up the aisles?
    Oh well, I went ahead and closed comments on that thread.
    Imagine their disappointment.

  8. Henh…I am a stickler for proper attribution.
    I thought about closing that comment section, too, but felt it was above my pay grade.
    So you getting the big boomers we got last night, eh nuke?
    Hunker down. Some folks near Dallas got bounced around pretty good last night.
    Our temp has been dropping fast today, with strong north winds. It was 65 before noon, now it is 33 with a wind chill of 25, and it is snowing in the area, but not here…Thank God!
    I hate that stuff.

  9. I cleaned up the aisle. You know how us wimmenfolk are about messes left lying about….

  10. Oh, snap. If snow arrives anywhere near here, we’re gonna miss that big family get together up in Jawja.

  11. Ohhh…I just looked at that other thread, and now I see what you mean.
    I didn’t delete anyone, just took away the socks from the puppets.
    It’s a mystery, in a riddle, in a puzzle.


    Check your forecast over at accuweather, Swampie.
    Wouldn’t want you to miss out on a low country boil.

  13. About Blago and B-HO, did you know that today is
    International Anti-Corruption Day?
    That’s some funny shiite, I don’t care who you are.

  14. Yeah, hilarious! Almost as funny as BHO’s haste to throw him under the bus. Just some guy whose election campaign he worked on.

    And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.

  15. As for the unsanctioned clean up, sorry, Nuke. I never did tolerate willful stupidity well.

  16. no problemo.

    It sounds like bHo is saying “that isn’t the Blago I knew.”

  17. It seems like everybody that was anybody in politics knew the guy was really, really dirty.

    Except Obama, of course. He hadn’t the first clue.

    So, is Obama merely a moron, or is he even more corrupt than the people he worked with?

  18. Good question, one addressed in this piece.
    The idea being, how could B-HO not be as or more corrupt, to have risen so fast.

  19. Then there is this.

    Blagojevich’s buddies—the ones he still has left—surely aren’t amused. They must be wondering how long it will take for Blagojevich to crack under the federal weight and start singing about all his friends.

  20. Surely they don’t think his wife is gonna keep her mouth shut. Unh unh. Ain’t gonna happen.

  21. her dad is already singing

  22. Thank you for taking out the garbage it was starting to smell and I was starting to see big rats!! We need to watch out for the fog bank that this is creating around his thighness(as a friend puts it).

  23. WTF? Aren’t all you fundies under the impression that the only reason FDR sought to break through American isolationism was so he could implement the welfare state and keep rich folks away from all the money they earn from the exploitation of the working class?

    Let’s have some consistency people…

    Also it merits comment that when FDR accused the Japanese of attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had actually attacked Pearl Harbor. For some reason he didn’t see fit to then invent a story that somehow Bolivia had done it whereupon he then organized a full scale massive attack of Tazmania.

  24. Swampie:

    Yeah, you have it. Obama is simply a moron. That’s why they let him run the Harvard Law Review. Nobody else was stupid enough to take the assignment.

  25. Obama is a moron. That stupid commie is so corrupt it makes me sick. It’s more than obvius that he and gov. blogovich are working together. I hope the msm doesn’t just smooth this one over, They probly will. And what the hell is up with his buirth certificate??? When the hell are they gonna get to the bottom of that one??? Chuck Norris neads to kick his ass.

  26. Robert:

    I would imagine even Chuck Norris could be reliably counted on not to misspell the word “needs.” Unless the subtext of your vivid image of ass-kicking is actually a cover for your penchant for ass-kneading.

    As for the obviousness of Obama and Blogojevich “working together” you may as well say that Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani are close allies because they have both held elective office in the State of New York. FWIW, pinhead, the ethics legislation that Obama lobbied to push throught the Illinois State Legislature was fought against by Blago, and the result was increased effort by Blago to get while the getting was good (prior to the Jan. 1 deadline). This led to the Feds tapping his conversations.

    So without Obama’s opposing policies, which sorely rankled the Governor, the investigation into Blago’s corruption wouldn’t even have happened. So much for your willful, wishful wingnut conspiracy fantasies. But of course the truth always has a liberal bias.

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