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Remembering Pearl Harbor

US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned to the ceremonial guard Naval Station (NS) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (HI), preparing in the early morning hours for the 63rd commemoration of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor at the battleship USS ARIZONA (BB 39) Memorial

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 more than 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.

Historic Videos 

Accordion

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. 

DocsTeach

Analyzing Evidence of the Pearl Harbor Attack, a primary source-based teaching activity on DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

Two Versions of FDR's Infamy Speech, a primary source-based teaching activity on DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

Primary sources related to Pearl Harbor on DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

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