Shortly after the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, Sammy Kaye and Don Reid wrote the music and Reid wrote the words to “Remember Pearl Harbor.” On December 17, 1941, RCA Victor recorded the song, with Sammy Kaye’s Swing and Sway Band and The Glee Club.*

History in ev’ry century records an act that lives forevermore
We’ll recall, as into line we fall, the thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore

Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo
We will always remember how they died for liberty
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory

Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo
We will always remember how they died for liberty
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory

*Based on the Wikipedia entry for Sammy Kaye.

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