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Remembering Pearl Harbor and the FBI’s Response

Seventy years ago today—on December 7, 1941—a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor took the lives of more than 2,400 Americans, stunning the nation and catapulting it into war. For the FBI, the attack and the onset of war opened a new chapter in national security.

Remembering Pearl Harbor and the FBI’s Response

Image of attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.Seventy years ago today—on December 7, 1941—a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor took the lives of more than 2,400 Americans, stunning the nation and catapulting it into war.

For the FBI, the attack and the onset of war opened a new chapter in national security. Even as Japanese bombs rained down, FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Shivers in Honolulu was patched through via telephone to Director J. Edgar Hoover, who immediately put the Bureau on a 24/7 wartime footing according to its already well-made plans. In the days and months that followed, the FBI diligently and successfully worked to protect the American homeland from spies and saboteurs, building important new capabilities along the way.

Learn more about the FBI’s response to Pearl Harbor and its service during World War II:
- Pearl Harbor Attack Mobilizes FBI War Plans
- Pearl Harbor Legacy: Remembering Robert Shivers
- The Case of Pearl Harbor Spy Otto Kuehn
- The FBI During World War II
- World War II Commemorative History Series

Dec 07, 2011 03:00 PM