80th Anniversary of a Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Photograph of Battleship Row taken from a Japanese plane at the beginning of the attack. The explosion in the center is a torpedo strike on USS West Virginia. Two attacking Japanese planes can be seen: one over USS Nesho and one over the Naval Yard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons; Caption: Wikipedia)
Jon Voight recreating FDR’s historic speech to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan on December 8, 1941, in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor- Source: Google Images
FDR speaking in October 1941: “We have wished to avoid shooting. But the shooting has started. And history has recorded who fired the first shot. In the long run, however, all that will matter is who fired the last shot.”
Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Far East Asia Section in 1940. Author of a controversial memorandum recommending provoking Japan into war with the U.S.

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Al Ronzoni

Al Ronzoni

Al Ronzoni is a writer, historian and political activist based in New York City