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President Franklin Roosevelt, Day of Infamy Speech

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Senators and Representatives, I have the distinguished honor of presenting the President of the United States.

[Applause and cheering]

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate, of the House of Representatives. Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. 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 at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Germany's 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 of armed attacks. It will be recorded the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope of continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that many american lives have been lost.

In addition american ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu. Yesterday the Japanese government launched an attack against Malaya, last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong, last night Japanese forces attacked Guam, last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands, last night the Japanese attacked Wake island and this morning the Japanese attacked Midway island. Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves, the people of the United States have already formed their opinions, and well understand the implications for the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander and chief of the army and navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. That always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.


No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion the American people and their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

[Applause and Cheering]

I believe that I interpret the will of the congress and of the people, when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery will never again endanger us.

[Applause and Cheering]

Hostilities exist, there is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbinding determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.

[Applause and Cheering] Huzzah

I ask that the congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941 a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.fhjkgjgg