delivered 8 December 1941,
"Yesterday, December 7th, 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 attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe
damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American
lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high
seas between San Francisco and Honolulu."
"The facts of yesterday and today 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. But always will our whole nation 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
"With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding
determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God."
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