On the morning of December 7th 1941, the US Naval Fleet was laying anchored at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The Japanese Army launched a massive attack on the US Navy- it began at 7:48 AM and apparently Admiral Kimmel was accused of neglience, and blamed for the US Navy’s inability to be prepared for such attack, and to defend itself.
353 Imperial Japanese aircrafts turpedo bombers that badly damaged the entire naval fleet – four of the ships sunk. When the USS Arizona sank 1177 men went down with the ship when the as a result of a bomb detontation in a powder magazine,
An estimated total of 2335 losses and 1143 casualities from the US Army with 103 civilian losses in relation to 64 Japanese losses and one captured.
II used to think that Pearl Harbor movie was pretty accurate – for a romantic movie that is.
Not even Admiral Kimmel was made aware if the US government’s classified operation Magic – if he had he would have been able to prepare, plan and predict it.
Several years after Admiral Kimmel’s dismissal from the Navy was he able to finally see for himself exactly how aware and prepared the US government had been for an attack on American strengths on US soil. The detailed investigation was able to determine that Admiral Kimmel was innocent , instead it was Lieutenant General Short that had vital information that he failed to convey to Admiral Kimmel.
As a result Admiral Kimmel was never awarded his fourth star, in the eyes of ghe public it still is Admiral Kimmel’s fault.
For 73 years the average American was raised into believing that the Pearl Harbor attack was to blamed on Admiral Kimmel even though he was kept in the dark about the Japanese plans.
There has been a plea from the Kimmel’s to exhonorate him for negligence and responsibility in the Pearl Harbor attack. Will Trump finally be the first president that believes history should be rewritten?
There has been 13 presidents (including Trump) since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Admiral Kimmel was convinced that the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was orchestrated by the US president since a direct attack on US soil would mean that US Army would be able to directly be involved in active war fare.