This Is Not a Drill: Finding Pearl Harbor Records

By Diane Haddad

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Pearl Harbor Records

On December 7, 1941, the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, sent this dispatch to major navy commands and fleet units.

It was the first official word of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was destroyed, killing 1,177 officers and crew. The USS Oklahoma capsized. About 2,400 Americans were killed.

As the number of survivors of the attack—now less than 2,000—dwindles, it’s important to understand and preserve accounts of this significant, tragic event in US history. Here are a few places to start:


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