Pearl Harbor Remembered

December 8, 2011

December 7 this year marked the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which signaled the entry of the United States into World War II.  As a remembrance of that fateful day, the federal government in 1998 enacted 36 USCA 129, establishing National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  In that same act, Congress established the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.  See 36 USCA 170301 – 170313.

As this is the 70th Anniversary of the attack, the ranks those who were there and experienced the events that day firsthand have begun to dwindle precipitously.

A fraction of the 84,000 U.S. service members who were at Pearl Harbor are alive today to bear witness. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association counts 2,700 members, a number that grows smaller by the week. The November issue of the association’s quarterly newsletter, the Pearl Harbor-Gram, pays tribute to 44 members who’ve died. And the national president delivers the painful and “inevitable” news: The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will be dissolved Dec. 31. 

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Westlaw actually offers an interesting collection of materials related to the Pearl Harbor attack, including legislation passed in response, secondary sources, and even cases.  To see a good sampling, I ran the following search on WestlawNext in the All Federal jurisdiction:

adv:”pearl harbor” /s attack

You can view a PDF version of the actual Declaration of War at 55 Stat. 795.