Before I created this blog the only social network I used to connect with veterans was the circle I created on Google +. When I joined the social site it wasn’t my intention to reach out to them in this type of venue and to be honest it just kind of happened so I ran with it and–the circle just kept growing–I made a point to engage with them, seek out resources for them I thought they could use to their advantage. I posting what I knew they would like (that was hit and miss). I found out early on that anything to do with BACON, sammiches, or Chuck Norris was a definite hit…combine the three (Chuck Norris eating a bacon sammich) I had a friend for life! hehe Needless to say, some of them have become very special friends and I now find myself being supported by them. They know my love for my country and the pictures and stories that give us our history. I get something from one of them almost everyday. They know I’ll share what they give me and tell me often how proud they are for respecting and keeping their history alive. =)
I’m going to share a story I received a couple of weeks ago from one of my Vietnam vets–he received it from his brother. (William H Hause USN Retired.) It contains little known facts about the mistakes the Japanese made when they attacked Pearl Harbor, pointed out by the newly appointed Commander of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Nimitz.
A very different and interesting conclusion of the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Read on…
Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii
every thirty minutes.
We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.
I went into a small gift shop to kill time.
In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on
Pearl Harbor” by Admiral Chester Nimitz.
Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C.
He was paged and told there was a phone call for him.
When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the
Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the
He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941.
There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and
defeat–you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.
On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters
every where you looked.
As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, “Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this
Admiral Nimitz’s reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.
Admiral Nimitz said, “The Japanese made three of the biggest
mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?”
Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, “What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?”
Mistake number one: the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning.
Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk–we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.
Mistake number two: when the Japanese saw all those
battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those
battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite
those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already
have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.
Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific
theater of war is on top of the ground in storage tanks five miles away over that hill.
One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and
destroyed our fuel supply.
That’s why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest
mistakes an attack force could make, or God was taking care of America.
I’ve never forgotten what I read in that little book.
It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it.
In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a
Texan, born and raised in Fredricksburg, Texas — he was a born optimist.
But anyway you look at it–Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.
President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right
We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings
in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.
There is a reason that our national motto is, “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
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