December 8, 1943

To Occur within Six Months
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressional decree issued yesterday, the two-year anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, calls for court-martial proceedings against Admiral Husband E. Kimmel begin within six months. The court martial for Lieutenant General Walter C. Short is included in this decree. Kimmel was in charge of the Pacific Fleet and Short was in charge of the Hawaiian Military Establishment at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. Both face dereliction of duty charges in courts martial. During the senate debate yesterday, Senator Clark of Missouri pressed for impeachment of Secretary of War Stimson and Secretary of Navy Knox if they would not initiate immediate courts martial. The Senate then altered the statute of limitation from one year past the end of the war to six months from yesterday, and the House approved the revised bill.

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