President Franklin Roosevelt’s Request for a Declaration of War on Japan, 8 December 1941

~ Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan, December 8, 1941.

To the Congress of the United States:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberatelyattacked 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 Japanese squadrons had commenced bombing on Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that 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 for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very 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 also 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 Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander-in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

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

With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbound determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.

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

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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2 Responses to “President Franklin Roosevelt’s Request for a Declaration of War on Japan, 8 December 1941”
  1. Matt says:

    What makes this sadder, is that people have the tendency to think that the first time America was attacked was on 9/11

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