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PostIcon Posted on: Jul. 23 2001,7:57  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

The full text of FDR's "Day of Infamy" Speech" can be seen at this location.

You can hear the speech by clicking here. (The speech is 7:31 minutes long and the is file is 7.5 megabytes, so it may take modem users a bit of time to get it all.)

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Aloha All,
Four items of importance are regarding the famous speech made to Congress by President Franklin D Roosevelt. These are numbered:

(1) The text handed out on Dec 8, 1941, of the "Date which will live in Infamy" speech is slightly different than (2) the "Draft #1" with all of its hand written changes and widely printed since WWII....and both are slightly different to (3) what FDR actually said. Listen to the recording and match this to the various printed versions.

In Stan Cohen's Attack on Pearl Harbor - A Pictorial History formerly titled East Wind Rain [Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub; 1981, revised 1991, corrected 1994, retitled 2000]...the article "The Ad Lib" by David Aiken, page 291, addresses the problem about the reason why the comparison of the actual speech and recording was so difficult....the pages from which FDR read was lost immediately after FDR gave the address.

While the rest of FDR's written speeches are in the Presidential Library at Hyde Park, (4) the actual pages from which he read on Dec 8, 1941, were lost to history only to be located about 15 years ago in the Library of Congress! Larry has pointed out this version in his post (above).

Ah, now we know that FDR made ad libs to this final written version! ...note the "The Ad Lib" stated in that article?

A movie camera did record this address. Of interest, the still photos often used do not match with the film! There were no still photographs of this FDR speech. The stills are of an earlier address to Congress.

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The following is the hand-out to the press...NOT the speech as broadcast, but it serves to address parts of the speech which is cut in stone at the WWII Memorial:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the 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 Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this 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 the Japanese 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.

I believe 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 very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

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 unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that 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.



The following are the words chosen from that speech for the WWII Memorial and are highlighted in FDR's war speech:

PEARL HARBOR
DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE
WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY...
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.

For the HOST of offended folk who thought the words "...so help us God." were censored, you may see that those words just were not in the selected portions of the speech.

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