Few people ever knew the name of the man who led the raid on Pearl Harbor; and even fewer would know it today; but Christ knew his name then and now.
Below are two links which tells the story of two different men – from different worlds, fighting a war for different reasons – yet Christ has a plan for both their lives.
And little did they know it; but that plan would include them both at the same time. If you love America and Christ, you will want to take out the time to read these marvelous stories and how God is always at work in the hearts of men – even when they do not know it and even when they are enemies.
American soldier, Jacob DeShazer, angry at what had happened to Pearl Harbor screamed, "Jap, just wait and see what we'll do to you!" He became a member of Jimmy Doolittle’s crew that bombed Japan. He was also taken prisoner of war after his plane crashed.
Mitsuo Fuchida’s scream had been, “Tora, Tora, Tora,” as he led the bombers that nearly devastated the American Navy and killed thousands of people on that island on December 7, 1941. “Tora” was a code name used by the Japanese to carry out the bombing on a sleepy Sunday morning that would rock the world and drag America into World War II.
Tora, Tora, Tora was his battle cry – but after his conversion his cry was “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”
Mitsuo Fuchida, led the Pearl Harbor attack and became a national hero in Japan; but his life was empty and meaningless to him until he gave his life to Christ.
Fuchida accepted Christ as Savior through a tract handed to him while exiting a train in Tokyo. The tract was entitled, "I Was a Prisoner of Japan," written by Jacob DeShazer who was one of the famous Doolittle Raiders. DeShazer had been captured and spent 40 months as a captive; and then in 1948 he returned to Japan as a missionary. DeShazer had been peeling potatoes on KP duty the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Mitsuo Fuchida says: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." I was impressed that I was certainly one of those for whom He had prayed. The many men I had killed had been slaughtered in the name of patriotism, for I did not understand the love which Christ wishes to implant within every heart.”
These are amazing stories of two men from two different worlds; fighting two different wars – for two different reasons. See how God brought them together and their impact on the world. Please go to the respective links below and get to know two of the men who has gone down in history not just as a result of the war, but because of their friendship and their common goal of reaching others for Christ.
Here, you can read Mitsuo Fuchida’s account of that day when he led the raid on Pearl Harbor.
Excerpt from Mitsuo Fuchidia story.
“That date, April 14, 1950 -- became the second "day to remember" of my life. On that day, I became a new person. My complete view on life was changed by the intervention of the Christ I had always hated and ignored before. Soon other friends beyond my close family learned of my decision to be a follower of Christ, and they could hardly understand it.”
Excerpt from Jacob DeShazer’s story:
"Jacob DeShazer, the Doolittle Raider who bombed Nagoya, met Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, becoming close friends. (For That One Day: The Memoirs of Mitsuo Fuchida, Commander of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, translated by Douglas T. Shinsato and Tadanori Urabe.) Fuchida became a Christian in 1950 after reading a tract written about DeShazer titled, I Was a Prisoner of Japan, and spent the rest of his life as a missionary in Asia and the United States. On occasion, DeShazer and Fuchida preached together as Christian missionaries in Japan. In 1959, DeShazer moved to Nagoya to establish a Christian church in the city he had bombed".
For history buffs and those interested in this attack and war, there is a huge collection to be found on the Internet.
Another attack on American soil on 911, brought us into another series of wars. So many have lost their lives and others wounded forever. But they have fought (and are still fighting) for freedom and liberty around the world.
However, many are also fighting in the Army of Christ - not only doing their duties as an American soldier; but their duties to live by the precepts of Christ. And sadly, here in America, politicians are doing more to destroy our freedom than did Mitsuo Fuchia and his Japanese Army. Political correctness has deprived soldiers and many Americans of the very freedoms that these wars had been fought to preserve.
For a copy of President Roosevelt's famous speech on "A Day in Infamy", check out this link.