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This website is your launching point to learn "The Story Within The Pearl Harbor Story."  Learn why the Kimmel and Short families have so long supported the 1984 Pearl-Harbor-Survivors-Association (PHSA) initiative urging the President of the United States to posthumously nominate their commanders for advancement on the retired list.  In this, the 74th anniversary year of the Pearl Harbor attack, the urgency of PHSA's initiative is clear--the President should act before the sun sets on PHSA.

Advancement of the Pearl Harbor commanders, Rear Admiral Husband Kimmel and Major General Walter Short, respectively, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army commanders during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, was provided for under The Officer Personnel Act of 1947, but they have been solely and punitively excluded from receiving the benefits of the Act.

At PHSA's urging, Congress passed a law in 2000--chiefly sponsored by then Senator Joe Biden--recommending that the President advance Kimmel and Short on the retired list. To date, this administration has not done so eventhough Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Secretary of State John Kerry all voted for advancement in 1999 when they were senators from Delaware, Nebraska, and Massachusetts, respectively.

Learn more about this righteous pursuit of PHSA's worthy goal: justice for Kimmel and Short.

Thank You,
Tom Kimmel

PS--Pictured above are: 1) The USS Arizona Memorial; 2) Admiral Husband Kimmel; 3) Captain Thomas Kimmel, Admiral Kimmel & Commander Manning Marius Kimmel III aboard USS Arkansas in 1919; and 4) General Walter Short & Admiral Husband Kimmel in 1941.


"The Story Within The Pearl Harbor Story," by Tom Kimmel presented to the Atlanta, GA World War II History Round Table 6/18/15 on YouTube.


A Recorded Version of "The Story Within The Pearl Harbor Story," delivered via Internet 5/17/15.
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Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral W. F. Moran's letter to me, dated 1/26/15.


My letter to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral W. F. Moran,  dated 4/11/15.


My letter to Senator John McCain, dated 4/11/15.


Senator McCain's letter to President H. W. Bush, dated 10/17/91.


My letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, dated 8/2/13.


Reasons to support Rear Admiral Kimmel for posthumous advancement to Admiral on the retired list.