December 17, 1941

Lack of Alert Questioned
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Roosevelt last night announced the appointment of five men to investigate the failure of military forces in Hawaii to be on alert when the Japanese attacked December 7. The board is tasked for identifying responsibility for the situation. The board is headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Owen J. Roberts and met today to organize. The White House indicated the board will travel to Hawaii “…at an early date…” to conduct the investigation. Leadership in Congress has agreed to wait for the results of the board’s inquiry before considering its own action in the matter. In addition to Justice Roberts, the four other men include two generals and two admirals, three of whom are retired, which appears to create a board without obligation to current military relationships.

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