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USA Declaration of War on Japan

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The Senate and House of Representatives approved the war declaration almost unanimously - the pacifist Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first member of Congress to vote no on both the declaration of war on Germany during World War I and the declaration of war on Japan. Finally, at 4pm, Roosevelt signed the declaration of war on Japan.



«Joint Resolution declaring that a state of war exists between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and the people of the United States and making provisions to prosecute the same.

Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed unprovoked acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America:

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between the United States and the Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all of the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.

Approved, December 8, 1941, 4:10 p.m. E.S.T.»

Three days later, December 11, Japan's allies, Germany and Italy, both declared war on the United States. The U.S. Congress responded immediately by declaring war on them.

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Gordon Kaious
March 22, 2013 at 03:59:27 AM
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I want to know something.
JRJR (admin@worldwar-two.net)
March 22, 2013 at 08:47:31 AM
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Hi Gordon, what would you like to know? :)
Clint Blalock
April 15, 2013 at 03:22:27 PM
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When was the United States declaration of war actually certified by law against Germany only. Not Japan or any other country? I was told actually that the official and legal declaration was not signed by the president until later in the WW II. conflicts. This is a technical issue for me. I thought is was actually ratified late, perhaps as late as 1944 or early 1945. Could you please advise?
JRJR (admin@worldwar-two.net)
April 15, 2013 at 04:42:56 PM
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Hi Clint, I'm not aware of an issue with the date of approval of this war declaration. If you find the source that gave you the idea of the late declaration ratification, please share it here. Thanks
Clarence Kubitski
July 17, 2015 at 01:11:15 PM
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I Clarence Kubitski would like to put together a notebook of as much information regarding the Pacific and Europe conflict of World War Two. I would like to share this information with the surrounding students and teachers that may have forgotten one of our biggest days and years in history. Thank you, Clarence Kubitski
August 22, 2022 at 10:35:50 AM
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I thought Charles Fay, who was an under secretary of War signed the declaration while the Sec. of War was flying to Hawaii?
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