According to The U.K. Telegraph, a 26-page Top Secret document from the Office of Naval Intelligence was sent to the White House three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The document, re-discovered only five years ago, may show that the government knew an attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor was imminent.
“The Japanese were building a military force unseen in the region,” bestselling author and presidential historian Craig Shirley stated. The top secret document was discovered by Shirley’s son, Andrew.
Andrew Shirley was doing research for his father’s book, December, 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World. He discovered the document at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.
“This document is the Rosetta Stone of December 7, 1941,” Craig Shirley reportedly commented.
Dec. 7, 1941, is a “date that will live in infamy,” forever etched into the heart of American history. Several hundred Japanese airplanes and bombers launched an attack against military forces in Pearl Harbor, damaging 19 American ships and destroying nearly two hundred planes.
The attack also resulted in the deaths of 2,403 American men, women and children, sending the United States barreling full-force into World War II.
The uncovered document, dated Dec. 4, 1941, marked as confidential, and entitled “Japanese intelligence and propaganda in the United States,” showed many instances in which the government may have known that an attack of this magnitude was destined for the harbor.
However, the most pertinent quote from the document stated: “The focal point of the Japanese espionage effort is the determination of the total strength of the United States. In anticipation of possible open conflict with this country, Japan is vigorously utilizing every available agency to secure military, naval and commercial information, paying particular attention to the West Coast, the Panama Canal and the Territory of Hawaii.”
Another passage in the 26-page document stated, “Out of a population of 423,330 in the Hawaiian Islands, there are 157,905 Japanese, approximately one-third of which are aliens … It is believed that every Japanese resident in Hawaii belongs to one or more purely Japanese organizations. (Some may be) in a position to engage in espionage, sabotage and other acts inimical to the best interests of the U.S.”
“Seventy-five years ago, the United States was watching the war in Europe from afar. Several days later, the world was truly enveloped in a world war and we were united as never before, determined for a common cause,” Shirley said.
On the anniversary of that infamous attack, let us remember to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, on that day and every day. America is only as strong as the heroes we send to fight for our freedoms.
Thank you to all men and women in service of this great country, past, present, and future.
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