Another Miracle That Saved America

Pearl Harbor

Really 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 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

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 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 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 makeor 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 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:


I’ve been reading Seven Miracles that Saved America by Chris and Ted Stewart. Great book. This story that our friend Don Marshall e-mailed us from his friend George Talbot could be miracle number eight. I’m going to see if I can find out if George Talbot wrote it and if not, who did.


16 Ways I Blew My Marriage (Repost)

I was working on a post that listed things I’ve learned after forty years of marriage when I came across this. It’s a backwards approach, but a worthwhile read. I get a kick out of this guy. He can be a little gross, but tells it like it is. I’m thinking that in today’s world, this list could be a lot worse. A thank you to a friend, Nancy, for bringing this list to my attention.

Finding Things That Resonate & Influence

Note: This post has resonated with many folks. Dan Pearce, the author of the “16 Ways” piece did a great job. I don’t know Dan, but I’m glad I was able to find his story and pass his information along. He has a blog titled “Single Dad Laughing”. I’ve been surprised about the amount of traffic this post has garnered (although, it’s exciting too), but I don’t want to take credit that isn’t mine. I came across Dan’s post back in October. I encourage you to check it out. Thanks for sharing so many comments – go over and tell Dan, I’m sure he’d love to hear the feedback too! (TP)

Recently, I had a friend who just celebrated his first anniversary, then the birth of his first son all while starting his own business. He asked what advise I’d give him on topic of marriage (obviously demonstrating his…

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