As the commemorative Events chair for our DAR chapter, I had asked the members to submit information about any relatives they had lost during World War II and also to share any remembrances of family member comments about the war. After reviewing the submissions I decided to present additional information about the "70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941."
The Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese torpedo and bomber planes on December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time. The sneak attack sparked outrage in the American public, news media, government and the world. On December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the American Congress, and the nation, to detail the attack. He began:""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 was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward a solution of peace in the Pacific.
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. In that address, the president asked Congress to pass a declaration of war. Congress obliged, voted and passed the U.S. Declaration of War on Japan, on the same day. That was America's formal entry into World War II ." ( If you click on the words in blue it will take you to the website for additional information.)
Below is some information if you would like to research a member of your family and receive their Individual Deceased Personnel File, IDPF and if you would like any additional research information concerning this important event could contact Norma Eckard firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie Becmer email@example.com .