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- The grandsons of Admiral Kimmel are
continuing the call* for the President to advance Rear Admiral Kimmel and Major
General Short to their highest held rank served during WWII as called for by Congress in 2001.
This would complete the Officer Personnel Act of 1947's order for all flag and
general officers to be awarded such ranks. Kimmel and Short were the
only officers not afforded the advancements. See the web site for Admiral
Kimmel's grandson Tom Kimmel at
http://pearlharbor911attacks.com/ for the most
- *In 1984 the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
formally requested that the sons of Admiral Kimmel assist them in pushing
for restoration of highest rank for both commanders. That generation
has passed on and the grandsons have stepped up to the task.
You can support the cause by urging
President Obama to initiate the posthumous promotions of Admiral Kimmel and
General Short to their highest wartime ranks on the Navy and Army retired lists,
for which they were eligible through the Officer Personnel Act of 1947.
Not sure what to write? Here is
recent correspondence to
President Bush written by Kimmel supporter and crusader Captain Vincent J. Colan, USNR-Ret.
- Year 2001 Defense Authorization Bill
(Public Law 106-398)
- * Amended by
the House 5/20/2000 to include call for advancement of rank
for Kimmel and Short (Sec. 537, HR4205), bill not yet passed
- * Amended by
the Senate 6/8/2000 to include call for advancement of rank
for Kimmel and Short (Sec. 582, S1059), bill passed in July
Signed by President Clinton 10/30/2000; became Public Law 106-398
President Clinton did not follow through on restoration of ranks for Kimmel
and Short, and President Bush ignored the call. So, act of restoration is
left for President Obama.
of Call to Restore Rank for Kimmel and Short
- * Access
to full Text of Public Law 106-945
- Material regarding the
advancement of rank
referred to President George W. Bush by Admiral Kimmel's family
correspondence between Edward R. Kimmel and President George W. Bush:
Kimmel letters of Feb. 22, 2001; June 12, 2001; January 10, 2002 and
February 6, 2002 (no
correspondence yet from the President)
- The following material accompanied Edward
Kimmel's February 22, 2001 letter:
correspondence between the Kimmels and President George H. W. Bush
Admiral Richardson's critical analysis of the Dorn report and letter to
Times commentary "Should Kimmel and Short still live in
infamy?" by Edward R. Kimmel -- Oct. 8, 2000
Post article "Pearl Harbor Scapegoat" by James L. Holloway III
-- Oct. 6, 2000
- The following material accompanied Edward Kimmel's
June 12, 2001 letter:
Admiral Richardson's article "You Be the Judge" in the July
2001 issue of American Heritage Magazine.
Sun-Times news article by Edward Epstein -- May 29, 2001
The Pacific Ship and Shore Historical
Society Review web site maintains current information on the
movement to restore the ranks of Admiral Kimmel and General Short.
- Recent articles:
- The Conclusions of the Naval Colloquium of 1999 Concerning Admiral Kimmel the Pearl Harbor
- Pearl Harbor Facts, and impressions concerning the DORN REPORT of Dec. 1996
"Advancement of Rear Admiral Kimmel and Major General Short on the Retired List"
By Edward R. Kimmel (Jan. 1998)
- Admiral Husband Kimmel & General Walter Short PEARL HARBOR SCAPEGOATS
June 18, 2000 CAPT Vincent J. Colan, USNR-Ret.
- The U.S. Naval Institute web
"Advance Warning? The Red Cross Connection" Naval History Mag. 1999
New American web site
"Pearl Harbor: Scapegoating of Kimmel and Short" by James Perloff,
December 4, 2008
Hawaii Was Surprised; FDR Was Not" by James Perloff, December 4, 2008
Motives Behind the Betrayal" by James Perloff, December 4, 2008
- Latest in print, audio and video:
interview of Tom Kimmel on his program at No Lies Radio (noliesradio.com).
Important notice: You will need to
turn OFF the radio playing on the right side of the web page, then turn ON
the player on the left side to start and hear the program.
- 2010 release:
- "Pearl Harbor; The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy" by Percy
L. Greaves, Jr. 927 pages, Ludwig von Mises Institute,
Auburn, Alabama. ISBN 9781933550336
Percy Greaves was chief of the minority (Republican) research staff of the
(1945-1946) Joint Congressional Committee to Investigate the Pearl Harbor
Attack. He worked on this book until his death in 1984 and his wife
Bettina completed it, relying totally on Percy's material. The book
concentrates on the pre-war relations between Japan and FDR and the events
leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The book review page at the
publisher's web site:
- 2007 release:
- "The Pearl Harbor Myth; Rethinking the Unthinkable"
by George Victor. 370 pages, Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN
1-59797-042-5 / 978-1-59797-042-6 Refines and updates the
details of Pearl Harbor hashed through in previous books on the topic.
- Description on the publisher's web site:
- Edward R. Kimmel spoke at
the Land's End U.S.S. San Francisco CA-38 Memorial Service on May 26, 2002.
In his speech he reviewed the history of the cause to bring the truth of Pearl Harbor to
light. Read the transcript here..
- The Winter 2002 issue of "The Quarterly Journal of Military History"
(MHQ; vol. 14, no. 2) presents opposing articles on whether or not Kimmel and Short
were unfairly punished for their performance at Pearl Harbor. In defense
of the Pearl Harbor commanders: "Unfairly Shouldering the Blame"
by Husband Kimmel's grandson Thomas K. Kimmel, JR., a graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy, lawyer and former FBI agent and consultant. In opposition:
"Justice Was Served" by Frederic L. Borch III, colonel in the
Judge Advocate General's Corps.
- The BBC's "Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor" is available on tape. The 2001 remastered VHS video is distributed in the
U.S. and Canada through Warner Home Video. Order through their web site;
enter the title on their online store's search page
- 2001 release:
- "Pearl Harbor Story" by Major-General Henry Dozier Russell.
160 pages, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia ISBN
- Recollections as a member of the Army Pearl Harbor Investigation Board
established in 1944. Dictated in early 1946 and stored in a vault until
the mid-1990's. Russell explains why the board recommendations were so
different from their actual observations. See the book description on the publisher's web site:
- August 2001 release:
- "Pearl Harbor Betrayed: The
True Story of a Man and a Nation Under Attack"
- by Michael V. Gannon. 320 pages, Henry
Holt & Co., Inc., 8/2001 ISBN
- Parts of Gannon's research has appeared in
other publications. His own book here offers some of his own selected
data and views, partially to counter that presented by others.
Flattering of Kimmel, but Gannon offers no
firm overall conclusions as to why the High Command left Kimmel and Short so
uninformed about the oncoming attack.
- June 2001 release:
- "Deceit at Pearl Harbor" by Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Landis USNR
(ret.) and Staff Sgt. Rex Gunn USAR (ret.). 272 pages, 1st Books,
6/19/2001 ISBN 1-58820-962-8
- Firsthand accounts from Landis, last surviving officer of Kimmel's staff at
Pearl Harbor on December 1941 and commander of the USS Isabel, one of "the
tethered goats;" and Gunn, a member of the early warning radar crew. The book
can be reviewed and ordered from 1st Books at their web site at
- May 2001 movie release:
- "Pearl Harbor" the movie -- released May 25, 2001:
- A lot of creative license was taken with this film in producer Michael Bay's
attempt to reduce a lot of detail down to the "essence" of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor and the later raid on Tokyo. Keep in mind that
the movie was intended to please it's audience with romance, action and
special effects; it wasn't offered as a documentary. Admiral Kimmel is presented in a
positive light and that should please Kimmel supporters. Let's hope
the movie inspires its audience to learn more.
- For a more
accurate accounts see:
- * The movie "Tora! Tora!
Tora!" -- 1970, 20th Cen. Fox, available through Fox Video (and
any video store.)
- * History Channel's "Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor."
-- produced in 1989 by the British Broadcasting Company and licensed by A&E
for the U.S. You can find the next showing
on their schedule at www.historychannel.com.
(Click on "ON TV" and enter the title under "Search for a
Program".) The BBC Video 2001 remastered VHS tape is
distributed in the U.S. and Canada through Warner Home Video and can be
ordered through their web site; find the video by entering the title at
the store's search site at http://store.warnervideo.com/
- May 2001 edition, revised from 1999 edition:
Harbor Mother of All Conspiracies"
Mark Willey. 424 pages, published by the author, 5/25/2001, ISBN 0-7388-6889-2.
Revision of the 250 page 10/1999 edition. It can be reviewed and ordered
- The author presents and explains the events
leading to the Pearl Harbor attack in chronological order, details the history
of the Japanese Fleet Code and the evidence showing how easily we broke the
codes, and then uses lists of specific data to show why the attack had to
happen. The boldest book yet supporting the FDR Conspiracy Theory.
Transcripts of Documents:
Take a Mud Water Sailor to Sea--And He Becomes Head of U. S. Battle Fleet.
January 18, 1941
newspaper account from Kimmel's hometown of Henderson, Kentucky about his appointment to Rear
Admiral over the Pacific Fleet.
Leigh Kimmel's Naval
Website offers sources for publications about Admiral Husband Kimmel and
Pearl Harbor at the start of World War II.
Harbor Attack Hearings web page provides online access to transcripts of
the first nine investigations of the Pearl Harbor attack (1941-1946), plus
additional papers presented at the last one, the 1946 Joint Congressional
Committee; other memos and reports include the "14-part
Transcript of the April 27, 1995 meeting of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and
members of the Kimmel family regarding the posthumous restoration of the rank for Admiral Kimmel.
This copy is posted on Ned Beach's home page.
The Dorn Report,
Report submitted December 15, 1995 by Undersecretary of Defense Edwin Dorn to
Congress in response to the Kimmel Hearings of the previous April.
The Memory Hole offers
some excellent articles on Pearl Harbor Revision. Find and click on the "enter"
on the first page, then click the tiny button in front of "Anti-War
Propaganda." This will display a list of articles including Harry
Elmer Barnes' "Pearl Harbor After a Quarter of a Century" and
"The Public Stake in Revisionism." Also, "Pearl Harbor: Antecedents, Background and Consequences,"
by James J. Martin. And the text of all nine Pearl Harbor
Harbor Attacked web site, with message board.
Historical Center Brief on Admiral Kimmel's career and several fine
After Pearl Harbor: Wake Island
Race for Wake Island", by Major M.R. Pierce, US Army in the May-June 2000
issue of "Military Review" online.
Essay of Siege of Wake Island by Gregory J.W. Urwin
Suggested Books on
Admiral Kimmel and Pearl Harbor revised history:
Deceit; The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor" by Robert B.
pages, published by Free Press, New York 12/1999. ISBN: 0684853396 Note: at least part of Stinnett's work will be archived at the
Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the FOIA papers at the
National Security Archives -- but not contributed yet (7/2001).
A Defense of Kimmel and Short at Pearl Harbor"
by Captain Edward L. Beach, USN. 212 pages, published by Naval Institute Press,
Annapolis 1995. ISBN 1-55750-059-2.
by John Weir in "Journal of Historical Review."
- "Days of
Infamy; MacArthur, Roosevelt, Churchill - the Shocking Truth Revealed: How
Their Secret Deals and Strategic Blunders Caused Disasters at Pearl Harbor
and the Philippines" by John Costello. 452 pages, published by
Pocket Books, 12/1994, ISBN 0-671-76986-3.
Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath" by John
Toland. 366 pages, published by
Doubleday, Garden City, NJ, 1982, ISBN 0385145594 and 376 pages published
by Anchor Books, NYC, 1992, ISBN 038542051X
- "And I Was There;
Pearl Harbor and Midway - Breaking the Secrets" by Rear
Admiral Edwin T. Layton, USN. 596 pages, published by William Morrow
and Company, Inc. 1985, ISBN 0-688-04883-8.
Kimmel's Story" by Husband E. Kimmel. 208 pages,
published by Henry Regnery Company, Chicago 12/1954. Most book
stores can locate copies of this out-of-print book. Note:
papers of Husband Edward Kimmel 1954-1955, 200 items on microfilm
#11-182-1N in the Manuscript Reading Room (Madison, LM101) of the Library
of Congress. You can read this book online (as of March 2001) at
- This is an abbreviated list. For
more books see Leigh Kimmel's sizable
of publications dealing with Pearl Harbor.
"The Final Secret of Pearl
Harbor" by John T. Flynn, Oct. 1944
"Held to a Higher Standard: The Downfall of
Admiral Kimmel" by
Matthew R. Pettinger, 1990 accepted thesis for Master of
Military Art and Science; published 2003
- ("Admiral Kimmel's Story"
at rooseveltmyth.com is no long online. The web site
For those who have wondered how they are related to Admiral
Kimmel, here is his Kimmel lineage:
- 1) Husband Edward Kimmel (1882 Henderson, Kentucky -1968)
- 2) Manning Marius (Marius Manning*) Kimmel (1832 Perry County, Missouri -1916 Henderson, Kentucky) and Sibella
- 3) Joseph Singleton Husband Kimmel (1797 Berlin, Pennsylvania -1868 Cape Girardeau, Missouri) and
Caroline Monica Manning.
- 4) Peter Kimmel (1771 Somerset County, Pennsylvania -1843 Jonesboro, Illinois) and Phoebe Husband.
- 5) Johann George Kimmel (1743 Eich, Palatinate -1818 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Julianna Ruby
- 6) Johann Philip Kimmel (1695 Gimbsheim, Palatinate -1777 York County, Pennsylvania) and Anna
- 7) Johann Michael Kimmel (1662 Alsheim, Palatinate - 1734 Gimbsheim, Palatinate) and Anna Margaretha
- * Usually identified as "M.M.Kimmel,"
descendants believe his name to be Marius Manning, but documents such as his
military record and his own obituary have it the other way around. Nobody is sure why.