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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

American Troops on LCT Preparing for Normandy Invasion-NA Identifier 12008276

Each year, we acknowledge the work done and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. On this date, our country remembers and reflects 75 years later on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The National Archives and Records Administration is proud to serve veterans and their families, especially through our work at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. In addition to veterans’ records, our holdings include historical materials, such as photos, video footage, and military records, which chronicle the military’s history and battles.

Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941: left to right, USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and USS ArizonaView in National Archives Catalog

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Myth Masquerading as History

An FDR scholar checks the historical record and refutes assertions that the President misled the public about the coming of war.

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Day of Infamy Speech

President Roosevelt delivers the "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941. When Roosevelt delivered the speech, most of his on-the-spot changes involved word order. 

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