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I received this from a friend via email. Thought I'd share!

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


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 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


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


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 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 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



"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac

"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."

~Harry S. Truman

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