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Remember Pearl Harbor: Was Admiral Kimmel to Blame

More than 60 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor that started U.S. involvement in World War II, a free evening program at the EAA AirVenture Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 7, will explore some of the unanswered questions and mysteries surrounding that tragic day. The program, titled “Remember Pearl Harbor: Was Admiral Kimmel to Blame?” will be held in the museum at 6:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 7, in association with EAA’s annual Pearl Harbor Day anniversary observance.

Thomas Kimmel, a retired FBI special agent and grandson of Adm. H.E. Kimmel, will talk about his family’s efforts to clear Adm. Kimmel’s name. The admiral was commander-in-chief of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific on Dec. 7, 1941. He was relieved of duty 10 days after the Japanese attack and was publicly blamed for the debacle in official investigations. Adm. Kimmel worked to clear his name until his death in 1968, with his sons and grandson continuing the campaign since then.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. A number of area veterans groups will also be present, with several Pearl Harbor veterans excepted to participate.

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