Look what I found! Treasures from LOC, December 2007

December 7, 1941:  “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Naval dispatch from the Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941:  AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Navy dispatch

The USS California has been battered by aerial bombs and torpedoes.

 USS California

Dorie Miller, a Navy mess attendant on the USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor attack, ran on deck, hauled his wounded captain to safety and then returned on deck to man a machine gun and shoot down four enemy planes before being ordered to abandon ship. For his heroism, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross.

Sailor Miller

On December  8, 1941  Alan Lomax, of the Archive of American Folk Culture, sent a telegram to fieldworkers in ten different localities across the United States, asking them to collect “man-on-the-street” reactions of ordinary Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by the United States.  A second series of interviews, called “Dear Mr. President,” was recorded in January and February 1942.  The result is a portrait of everyday life in America as the United States entered World War II.


Posted on November 30, 2007, in Primary sources, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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