Wednesday, 9 December 2009

THIS IS NO DRILL



At 07:58am on December 7th, 1941, having just witnessed a low-flying plane drop a bomb on Ford Island, Lieutenant Commander Logan C. Ramsey urgently ordered this telegram to be sent to all ships in the Hawaiian area. Ramsey had in fact just witnessed the very beginning of a coordinated attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in which the Japanese, over the course of 2 hours, would ultimately destroy 188 aircraft and either damage or sink 21 ships. As a result of the attack, 2457 people, including 55 Japanese personnel, died. The next day, as a direct result of this attack, the U.S. declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

Transcript follows.

(This telegram, along with 124 other fascinating pieces of correspondence, can be found in the bestselling book, Letters of Note. For more info, visit Books of Note.)



Transcript
U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION, KODIAK, ALASKA
HAVAL COMMUNICATIONS

PSNY 3-7-41 25M
Original

Heading NPC NR 63 F L Z F5L 071830 C8Q TART 0 BT
From: CINCPAC Date 7 DEC 41
To: ALL SHIPS PRESENT AT HAWAIIN AREA.
Info: - URGENT -

AIRRAID ON PEARLHARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL

07014

RM 58 1910 7DEC