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Eyewitness to Pearl Harbor <br />(Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1942)Eyewitness to Pearl Harbor
(Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1942)
Attached is an eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack as relayed to family members in a letter written home a few weeks after the assault:

"The noise was like ten thousand factories gone nuts....Quicker than I can tell you, a bomb blows up the barracks with the gang in it, a ship explodes in front of me, a hangar goes up in flames..."

The very next day President Roosevelt stood before the microphones in the well of the U.S. Capitol and asked Congress to declare war against the Empire of Japan; CLICK HERE to hear about the reactions of the American public during his broadcast...

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

Click here to read about the Battle of Midway.

The Congressional Hearings Regarding the Pearl Harbor Attack <br />(United States News, 1945)The Congressional Hearings Regarding the Pearl Harbor Attack
(United States News, 1945)
"The Navy's own story of the events that led up to Pearl Harbor now can be drawn from top-secret documents placed before the Pearl Harbor Committee. These documents show that misunderstanding, inadequate co-ordination and other factors helped the Japanese surprise attack, even though the Navy was almost certain a Pacific war was coming."
The Road to Pearl Harbor <br />(United States News, 1945)The Road to Pearl Harbor
(United States News, 1945)
"It now becomes apparent that the U.S. Government, long before Pearl Harbor, knew Tokyo's war plans almost as thoroughly as did the Japanese. To all practical purposes, Washington had ears attuned to the most intimate, secret sessions of Japan's cabinet."
The Un-Secret Secrets <br />(United States News, 1945)The Un-Secret Secrets
(United States News, 1945)
To get a sense as to how thoroughly the Japanese diplomatic codes had been compromised, we recommend that you read the attached article. It is composed entirely of the chit-chat that took place between the government functionaries in Tokyo, their diplomats in Washington, their spies in Hawaii and their representatives in Berlin.

The article winds up explaining that the one vital communication that contained the information regarding the day of Japan's attack was not translated until December 8.

''No More Pearl Harbors'' <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)''No More Pearl Harbors''
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)
When the twenty-year-old editor at YANK MAGAZINE wrote this editorial at the close of W.W. II he was expressing a belief that was shared equally with the members of the W.W. I generation who prosecuted and managed the war from Washington - and that was an understanding that the world is a far more dangerous place than we thought it was and it needs to be watched. This 1946 article is similar to other columns that appeared in 1947 (when the CIA was established) and 1952 (when the NSA opened its doors) in that it announced the creation of a government agency intent on global espionage in order to have done with all future concerns that another Pearl Harbor was in the planning.
Pearl Harbor's Two Fall Guys <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1945 Pearl Harbor's Two Fall Guys
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1945
Recognizing that responsible commanders must always assume the blame for the failings within their respective domains, former U.S. General George C. Marshall and General Leonard T. Gerow stood up and claimed responsibility for leaving Pearl Harbor vulnerable to Japanese attack.

Marshall had been FDR's Army Chief-of-Staff since the Autumn of 1939 and Gerow had been serving as executive officer of the War Plans Division at the time of the sneak attack.

The findings of the Congressional Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack can be read and downloaded by clicking here.

The Pearl Harbor Story <br />(Yank Magazine, 1942)The Pearl Harbor Story
(Yank Magazine, 1942)
When this article went to press the Pear Harbor attack was already over a year old - and like the articles that came out in '41, these two pages capture much of the outrage that was the general feeling among so many of the American people. The article serves to give an account as to how the ships that were damaged that morning have largely recovered and were once again at sea (excluding the ARIZONA).

Five months after the Pearl Harbor attack the United States Navy defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Coral Sea, click here to read about it...

Pointing Fingers <br />(Maptalk Magazine, 1946)Pointing Fingers
(Maptalk Magazine, 1946)
"Cordell Hull, aging ex-Secretary of State, snapped back in reply to the section of the report which had implied that he was partly at fault for the disaster because his actions had precipitated a crisis. In a hitherto unpublished letter, Hull pointed out

(1.) that he had personally advised the general staff on 25 November, 1941 that war was imminent, and (2.) that his final negotiations had not included any ultimatum that was a spark to set off the Asiatic conflagration."

Father and Son Over Pearl Harbor <br />(Pageant Magazine, 1970)Father and Son Over Pearl Harbor
(Pageant Magazine, 1970)
One morning a 17 year-old boy exclaimed to his amateur aviator father: "Let's fly around the island, Dad!" - this article wouldn't seem worthy of appearing on the internet if they lived on Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, but the island in question was Honolulu and the morning was December 7, 1941...
An Historic Telephone Call Recorded <br />(Newsweek Magazine, 1945)An Historic Telephone Call Recorded
(Newsweek Magazine, 1945)
"Out of the Pearl Harbor investigation last week came a decoded telephone conversation made on November 27, 1941, two weeks before the Japanese attacked, that had all the elements of a penny-dreadful spy thriller... On the Washington end of the trans-pacific phone call was Saburo Kurusu, Japanese special envoy to the United States; on the Tokyo end, Admiral Yeisuke Yamamoto, Chief of the American Division of the Japanese Foreign Office."

The conversation guaranteed Yamamoto that the negotiations between the two sides were proceeding smoothly and that the attack on Pearl Harbor would be a surprise.