U.S. Leaders

The America First Committee and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

On September 4, 1940, as tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan mounted, the America First Committee was formed. Led by Yale Law student R. Douglas Stuart,... Read More

New Ships To Bear the Names Arizona and Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

It’s been over 75 years since a US Navy ship named USS Arizona or USS Oklahoma was in service. After being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941,... Read More

Dissecting Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” Speech

By: Mark Loproto

On Monday, December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of the United States Congress to discuss the events that unfolded at Pearl Harbor the previous... Read More

The Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

September 2, 1945. More than two weeks had passed since the Japanese laid down their arms and declared they would no longer fight the Allies in the Pacific. The United... Read More

Milestones on the Road to Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7th, the United States will once again commemorate the anniversary of the tragic attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base. Seventy-six years ago, the nation experienced a terrifying... Read More

The Notable Names of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Any event that looms as large in the timeline of American history as the attack on Pearl Harbor is bound to leave a number of names and details that define... Read More

America’s Fatal Miscalculation

By: Mark Loproto

When you have an enemy committed to goals that go against everything you you stand for, one of the worst things you can do is underestimate just how dedicated they... Read More

Pearl Harbor: An Admiral’s Warning

By: Mark Loproto

Throughout the 1930s, the United States and Japan were locked in a stalemate over the latter’s desire to rule vast territories in Asia and the Pacific. Realizing what it would... Read More

The Hull Note: The Final Piece Leading to War

By: Mark Loproto

Prior to the events of December 7th, 1941, the casual observer may have assumed that the United States was simply minding its own business when Japan conceived its malicious plan to send... Read More

Three Key Players of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

For the attack on Pearl Harbor to be orchestrated, Japan needed somebody at the helm. For the United States to react, a government official would need to step forward. To... Read More

The Accountability of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel

By: Mark Loproto

As you learn more about the history of the United States, you often find yourself hearing different versions of how major events unfolded. The attack on Pearl Harbor is no exception,... Read More

FDR’s Day of Infamy

By: Andrew McKinley

24 hours with the President As far as President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew when he woke up on December 7, 1941, the negotiations between the United States and the Empire... Read More

President Roosevelt’s Letter to Emperor Hirohito

By: Alison

Not many people know this, but the day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to Japanese Emperor Hirohito. Roosevelt's letter attempted to reason with Hirohito,... Read More

Admiral Kimmel, Husband E.

By: J. Owen

In February of 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel became the commander-in-chief of the US Pacific Fleet. The Pacific Fleet had been moved to Pearl Harbor in 1940. Admiral Kimmel, shortly... Read More