A History Lesson About Mistakes

I received this as an email from a friend. In light of all the negativism filling

our world I thought it was worth sharing as it puts a positive perspective

on one of the most tragic events in our history. It also serves as a reminder that

we need to stand together in support of our country. We the people are what makes

America Great

“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 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!
“Please pass this important message to others.  Americans need to
stand behind one another!”

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