God and Pearl Harbor?? VERY interesting read:

What God did at Pearl Harbor that day is interesting and I never knew this little bit of history:

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 , DC .

He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone.  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 Pacific Fleet. 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 everywhere 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 destruction?”

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?”

Nimitz explained:

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 in top of the ground 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 Fredericksburg , Texas — he was a born optimist.  But any way 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 job. 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.

Why have we forgotten?


In God we trust!





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11 Responses to God and Pearl Harbor?? VERY interesting read:

  1. bocopro says:

    Where we REALLY got lucky in WWII was with Nagumo as CinC of the Japanese aircraft carrier forces.

    He was an experienced and well-trained naval officer, but a bit of an overcautious, indecisive, and old-school worrywart who didn’t really want to do things according to Yamamoto’s plan in the first place.

    He had a perfect opportunity to destroy the fuel dumps and repair docks in Pearl Harbor, but like Monty Python’s Sir Robin he chose to protect his strike force and get his assets away the US Naval base which he could have mopped up with virtually no losses.

    And why he didn’t at least LOOK for the missing US carriers is an even deeper mystery. By the time the attack on Pearl was over, he was the ONLY afloat battle force left in the entire Pacific. Taking out at least 2 of the only 3 carriers we had there at the time (Saratoga, Lexington, Enterprise) would have given the Japanese total hegemony up to the breakwater in San Diego.

    With those three carriers available to us, he compounded his indecisive mistakes at Pearl when his greatly superior force was demolished at Midway because he allowed himself to get caught with his pants down. The Japanese carrier arm lost virtually all its expertise with the pilots and maintenance crews on those 4 carriers the US Navy sank that day.

    He was similarly ineffective with his assets later at Guadalcanal, and then finally in the great Marianas Turkey Shoot in which Japan lost the remnants of its carrier force along with more than 600 first-line planes.

    Nagumo just never got it thru his head that aircraft carriers were the modern tool of naval warfare and all his precious destroyers and cruisers were merely auxiliaries for those bird farms. Given a bolder and more adept commander of their carrier forces, Japan could have destroyed each of those brand-new carriers we built (over 150 of them DURING the war) one at a time as they entered the Pacific.

    Had he done so, the war in the Pacific would have taken MUCH longer because we’d never have been able to get close enough to use Little Man and Fat Boy with the B-29s since getting our Marines on those islands would have been suicide without carriers backing up the play. And we’d NEVER have taken Okinawa. Period.

    His overcautious and circumspect ineffectiveness are precisely what brought about Yamamoto’s profound assessment of the attack on Pearl Harbor: “I fear that all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

    If he’d had a heart attack and Fuchida or Genda or some of his other very able officers had taken control of that task force in December 1941, we’d probably have had to strike a deal with Japan, giving them complete control over half the Pacific, or fight a very long and bloody war for another 5 or 6 years until they just ran slam out of gohan and danga


  2. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro……and maybe God had a hand in those things, too!
    I wish we could talk about ‘terrible resolve’ today with No Korea…….but that’d be too patriotic these days! Just finding out Tillerson said communications are open with NoKo and they’re talking ….we’ll see.
    Great story, thanks for writing this……….I had dinner with friends …she’s 93 and he’s 97…she’s THE most amazing cook/hostess even at her age…I mean FABULOUS COOK…and he told me about being a young naval flier ordered to go to Pearl Harbor about 3 days after the attacks, and what David saw there…turned-over ships, etc. Astonishing sight. To hear this first hand was a HUGE history blessing to me!


  3. Bob says:

    Bocopro writes a good summary of the Pacific action. I would like to address the idea of whether God is involved and how He could allow such bloodshed.

    Pearl Harbor didn’t happen in a vacuum. Roosevelt had taken actions to deny raw materials being sold to Japan to fuel their war machine, which was raping and looting China (literally). Without oil, steel, rubber and other commodities the Japanese Empire would be limited.

    So, how could God allow those Japanese rapists and murderers to do as they did? If we believe in God controlling everything, this is a bitter pill to swallow. You have to believe in free will and stuff happening to rationalize the world’s greatest mass murderers, including Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao, and others.

    The only way I can put God at the center of this world is to believe that His control over our lives is an optional thing to the individual. If you believe and trust Him to control your life, He does. He also lets you live in a dangerous world. Does he take care of his own?

    I would like to hear others comment on this.


  4. Bob,
    Are you familiar with Hari Seldon and the Foundation Trilogy?
    Similarly, I think God works generally in the macro, and we work in the micro, but at our supplication, He will step into our micro. Maybe.
    So he needs some world events to move a certain way to accomplish His goal.
    Some individuals he moves or blinds or inspires and nations rise and fall.

    He takes care of his own, but not always as they expect. Which often makes it look like He doesn’t.


  5. Bob says:

    Ed: Yes. I read all the Foundation stuff, but I have not connected that story with how God works. If I understand you, Seldon plays the part of the macro-forecaster, but his stuff came down to micro levels if I remember correctly.

    Now that I have verbalized it, I see your point. Question: Do you think that God controls every little thing that happens in the world/galaxy/universe? If we accept that God controls everything that happens to us, I believe we have to accept his influence down to the quantum level, too.


  6. Bob, Like Chaos Theory is popularly interpreted, a small nudge on God’s part can cause huge changes in the world in the direction he wants. Others are caught up in the motion.
    His eye is on the sparrow. I think he neglects a lot of what goes on while aware of it.
    Unless we ask.
    Free will says we bring a lot on ourselves.
    A guy I broadcast with, said that Man Made Climate Change ® is real.
    Adam and Eve caused it. 🙂


  7. Bob says:

    Thanks, Ed. I will take a break and think about things. Good luck on the radio show.


  8. Mustang says:

    I believe in God’s presence; I also believe that He blessed us with free will. HE provides us with a path, but WE choose whether or not to follow it. WE can take the wrong turn. WE can always turn back to God’s path up until our final breath. Shintoism didn’t seem to work out very well for the Japanese, and in a similar fashion, Islam does not appear to be working very well for its adherents. Whatever blame deserves to be levied upon us as human beings is our’s alone. One cannot blame the Emperor of Japan for barbarism even if he encouraged it. One cannot blame Christianity for the misery and suffering in the Middle East. My advice to any Islamist would be this: if you don’t like the path you’re on, take another, more enlightened path.


  9. geeez2014 says:

    Bob, I believe God is everywhere and he might not cause bad things to happen but He allows them to happen. All in His purpose. Has he blessed America greatly with its founding fathers and over the years…? Yes….why not apply that to my post?
    Do HORRID things happen? Wait til tomorrow’s post. Devastating to me…though I don’t suppose it’ll affect most of you.


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