Remembering Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941
“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”: FDR Asks for a Declaration of War
Compiled and Commented on by (TLB) Editors
Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo)
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 shown above.
The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)
Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, people buy newspapers reporting the Japanese attack on U.S. bases in the Pacific Ocean, at Times Square in New York. (AP Photo)
Although in his address to Congress and the American People, Roosevelt never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had not yet declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European Theater he had longed for.
Pearl Harbor is seen as the Lynch Pin of the Military Industrial Complex. The World has seen very little peace since. ~(TLB) Editors
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