In Reply Address THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY And Refer To No. NAVY DEPARTMENT Washington, 4 March 1944. From: Admiral Thomas C. Hart, U. S. Navy, Retired, Examining Officer. To: Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, U. S. Navy, Retired. Subject: Examination of witnesses for purpose of recording and preserving testimony pertinent to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, T. H., on 7 December 1941. Reference: (a) Examining Officer's ltr. dated 17 February 1944 addressed to Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, U. S. Navy, Retired. (b) Reply to reference (a) dated 19 February 1944 addressed to Admiral Thomas C. Hart, U. S. Navy, Retired, Examining Officer, and signed by Capt. Robert A. Lavender, U. S. Navy, Retired, by direction of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, U. S. Navy Retired. (c) Ltr. of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, U. S. Navy, Retired, dated 29 February 1944 addressed to SecNav. (d) SecNav ltr. dated 4 March 1944 addressed to Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, U. S. Navy, Retired.
1. The subject Examination convened at 9:00 a. m., Tuesday, 22 February 1944, of which meeting you were informed by reference (a). At the meeting reference (b) was considered by the Examining Officer who announced that the request contained therein was approved to the extent that the Interested Party, Rear Admiral Kimmel, would be afford a reasonable time to prepare for the Examination. The Examination was accordingly adjourned until called by the Examining Officer.
2. The Examining Officer is now of the opinion that a reasonable time for the Interested Party to prepare for the Examination has elapsed unless there are special circumstances of which the Examining Officer has not been advised, which would constitute reasonable basis for further delay.
3. In view of the above and the directions of the Convening Authority contained in reference (d), the Examining Officer has called for the Examination to reconvene at 9:00 a. m. on Tuesday, 7 March 1944, In Room 2744, Navy Department, Washington, D. C., at which time it is proposed to obtain and record the testimony of Admiral Claude C. Bloch, U. S. Navy, Retired.
4. The Examining Officer intends to continue hearings on each week day thereafter and to call as witnesses during the hearings in Washington, D. C. the following members of the naval forces:
Rear Admiral W. W. Smith, U. S. Navy. Admiral W. S. DeLany, U. S. Navy. Rear Admiral Wilson Brown U. S. Navy. Rear Admiral L. D. McCormick, U. S. Navy.5. You are hereby advised of time and place of the meetings, as set forth above, and of the fact that you will be accorded the rights set forth in detail in reference (a). You will be further advised of subsequent meetings, at all of which you will be entitled to the rights outlined in reference (a).
[s] Thos. C. Hart, THOS. C. HART. A true copy. Attest: THOS. C. HART Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retired, Examining Officer.