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    Thumbs up Interesting Facts About Pearl Harbor 1941

    One of my friends sent this to me and I thought it was very interesting and some facts that I had never heard. Well worth the couple of minutes it takes to read it!

    Bubba

    [BSIZE="4"]Subject: Fw: Pearl Harbor Mistakes [/SIZE][/SIZE][/B]

    Pearl Harbor Mistakes

    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 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
    everyone 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 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"!

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    pretty cool

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    Great read! thanks for posting it.

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    That was an interesting read..thanks for sharing
    Romans 1:20 "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God"

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    He saw the glass half full. Thanks.

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    That is a Great Post Bubba! It hasnt been to long ago that i watched obama on tv saying that IN GOD WE TRUST want make our jobless rate , economy, or our countries problems any better. HE IS NOT A VERY SMART MAN, Plain Stupid really!! Thats the only thing that will save this country is IN GOD WE TRUST. Thanks for sharing Friend. I Wish You and Your Family a Very Merry Christmas!!
    ONE IS ALONE IN A LAND SO VAST. THERE IS ONLY THE MOUNTAINS, THE WIND, AND THE EYES OF GOD.

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    I think that we (most off us) have to agree with you DT!

    I got this e-mail from the same friend:

    Ten years ago, we had Steve jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash!

    Not much left to lose in this society other than our President stating that "In God We Trust" is worthless! I'll tell you what's worthless and it has Muslim beliefs and a "dark" attitude! You can take that to the bank.......

    I also wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! As long as we all still believe, we can leave the rest to their own beliefs, and good luck to them when it matters most!

    Bubba

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    I haven't posted back on this thread until today and it is for a good reason. The wife and I had the fortunate opportunity to fly to Hawaii a week and a half ago and to spend 9 days there. It is a beautiful place and I am happy that we made the trip together. While there, the first thing that I wanted to do was to visit Pearl Harbor. Even though we hadn't planned far enough in advance to get to do the entire tour of Pearl Harbor the tours were booked weeks in advance and we didn't know this), the Arizona Memorial and the likes, we had time to visit the different free museums there at PH. It was saddening to see the amount of destruction that the Japanese made by attacking this military institution but there were many positives from my visit there which included the quotes and the pride of the military personnel that were on hand that dreadful day. There was a ton of destruction and death but as Admiral Nimitz said in the message above, no where near what it would have been on a standard day of operation so for that I am thankful. Thankful because the Japanese did not apparently know of the cultures of the Amercian people (or did they?) and that they did not hit the surrounding fuel fields. Very little was mentioned about the air reserves and how they were also attacked and destroyed on the island but they too suffered immensely so that an air battle would not ensue. A good deal of fighters were able to fend off the enemy but not the way that they would have hoped.

    I only had several hours to spend while visiting there but I could have spent days there just listening to the video messages and reading all of the plaques and quotes. It was a mesmerizing place to visit and I am glad that I had the opportunity to do it. I also enjoyed the other 8 days there in Hawaii as well.

    Bubba

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    This is what will return our country to the prominance that it once enjoyed!

    2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land"

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    Thanks for posting this Bubba, for revisiting it and relating your first hand experience of being there.Great post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 280 Man View Post
    This is what will return our country to the prominance that it once enjoyed!

    2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land"
    if any of them remember to put down their I-pods long enough to think of ....what was i ..oh well!
    "It don't make much sense
    That common sense
    Don't make no sense
    No more"....John Prine

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