We need the President's signature to right a wrong done to two military men 75 years ago. Visit http://bit.ly/kimmelandshort to add your signature and help make it happen.
Do you remember the attack on Pearl Harbor? Probably not. There aren’t many people left from that time anymore. And it’s hard to understand the impact of the event today. The Japanese attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor with complete surprise to those being attacked. Thousands of men were killed. Our nation was shocked, and we charged into World War II as a result. Our country was never the same. The world was never the same.
The crazy part is that this entire event was blamed on two men.
Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, and General Walter Short were the men in charge of Pearl Harbor at the time of the attacks. They were shamed into retirement. And they were saddled with the grief of an entire nation.
Despite the findings of the Naval and Army Boards of Inquiry in 1944, which found there was no basis for accusing Kimmel and Short of being “derelict in their duty,” the military has taken no corrective action to restore their wartime ranks.
Even Admiral William Stanley, who served on the original Roberts Commission, denounced its findings, admitting their investigation was improperly conducted and had inaccurate reporting. Stanley went on to champion the two men’s honor, labeling them as unfairly martyred. In his own words: "if they had been brought to trial, both would have been cleared of the charge."
10 total inquiries were held from 1944 to 1995, and those who heard testimony about the intelligence that had been withheld, all arrived at the same conclusion: based on the information they had, Kimmel and Short acted properly, and the true fault lay on any number of people who mismanaged the information that never arrived in Pearl Harbor.
After decades of fighting for justice, the Kimmel family finally saw a resolution passed by Congress in 2001 to give these men back their honor. After letters from 36 Navy Admirals, the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Society, and a list of powerful men, all asking for justice for these two soldiers, finally this resolution was passed. Yet, the document remains buried in the defense department, and the matter remains unresolved.
Still, to this day, Admiral Kimmel and General Short have never been given back their honor and their names. This is why we need your help. We need your signature, so we can get this congressional resolution to the President’s desk. When he signs it, this struggle is ended and justice finally done.
Every other officer who served in World War II has been honored by being restored to their highest held rank, except these two men.
Blaming Kimmel and Short for the attack at Pearl Harbor was a mistake. Leaving them as the only officers not advanced in rank by congressional action was wrong. Honor and respect is at the heart of military service. It’s more than a title. It’s more than a line in a history book. To a military man honor is above life itself, and that’s why this still matters.
Honor is the reason many figures of military history have advocated for an American President to sign the resolution and officially clear the names of Kimmel and Short. People like Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense John Kerry, and Senators Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy couldn’t make it happen.
But we can.
If these kinds of things aren’t brought to the surface by public awareness, they stand very little chance of getting on the president’s desk.
The only hope we have to right this wrong is for people to demand it, for YOU to demand it. Gone are the days of throwing up your hands and saying there’s nothing I can do. When enough people contribute their voice, it can’t be ignored.
The resolution that can put this tragedy to bed has been waiting to be signed since 2001. But that won’t happen unless it’s thought to be important enough to get in front of a president.
If you believe in standing up for what’s right, this is your chance. Please sign our petition to restore the ranks of Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short. Do it for their families. Do it for our nation. Do it to finally give these men the honor that was taken from them 75 years ago.
Visit http://bit.ly/kimmelandshort to add your signature and help make it happen.