Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for December 7th:
Radiogram reporting the Pearl Harbor attack, December 7, 1941


Radiogram reporting the Pearl Harbor attack, from Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) to all ships in Hawaiian area, December 7, 1941; 17th Naval District, Kodiak, Alaska, General Files, 1940-46, E 91, Dispatches, Pearl Harbor; Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 1981; Record Group 181; National Archives.

At 7:55 a.m. December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into World War II. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded.

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