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.
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.
force ever made?” Nimitz explained:
If those same ships had been lured to sea
and been sunk–we would have lost
38,000 men instead of 3,800.
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.
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.
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.
There is a reason that our national motto is:
“IN GOD WE TRUST“
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.