Pearl Harbor: A Day that Will Live in Infamy But Was it a Surprise Attack

Today marks the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The attacked by the Japanese resulted in the deaths of 2,403 Americans and the destruction of 19 naval ships including 8 battleships and it led to the last time Congress declared.  The American people were led to believe that this attack was a total surprise, but was it?  James Perloff, author of the Shadows of Power conducted a presentation at Camp Constitution’s 2012 annual family camp explains how the Japanese code was cracked, and the 1944 court martial of Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short which they demanded totally exonerated them, but Franklin Roosevelt would not allow the American people to knew by making the verdict top secret.


On May 25, 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to exonerate Kimmel and Short and asked that they be restore both men to full rank.