According to various posts on the Internet, the book, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz, contains his assessment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He claims the Japanese made three mistakes if they wanted to defeat the United States.
The first mistake was attacking on Sunday morning, when 90% of the sailors were off the ships on leave, thus only 3,800 died instead of 38,000.
The second mistake was targeting the ships, not the dry docks. Nimitz says that if our dry docks had been destroyed, the damaged ships would have needed towed to the mainland for repair. They would have experienced great delay in joining the war. (Note: According to Gingrich and Forstchen’s book Day of Infamy, only the main dry dock was disabled.)
The third mistake was in neglecting to bomb our fuel storage tanks five miles from the harbor. Admiral Nimitz concluded, “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.”
Let’s assume God was taking care of America. Another evidence of that is the fact that The USS St Louis made it out of the harbor unhurt. A man aboard that ship became this writer’s father-in-law. John Hornok said the Japanese desperately tried to bomb his ship at the mouth of the harbor, because sinking it there would block the harbor. However, torpedoes struck a reef instead, and the “Lucky Lou” made it to open seas. John Hornok eventually made it to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, where his life was transformed.
Because so many brothers died in the attack, the Navy ruled that brothers couldn’t serve on the same ship. John and Joe Hornok had been together on the St Louis, so John got transferred to Dutch Harbor. There he met Kermit Law, a born again Christian, who shared Scriptures with him and invited him to a Bible study. John 3:16 convinced him he needed everlasting life, that only Jesus could give him. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life."
As sinners, we are like enemies of God, but Jesus became our substitute sacrifice, and paid the penalty for sin, which was death (Romans 6:23). He offers eternal life as a free gift to everyone who believes in Him for it. Out of gratitude for forgiveness and salvation, John decided to spend his life serving his Savior.
After the war, John graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and became a pastor and church planter in Salt Lake City, Utah. He founded Midvalley Bible Church in Bluffdale, Grace Community Bible Church in Sandy, and helped with churches in Kamas and Tooele, as well as with the Russian Baptist Church in SLC.
At Pearl Harbor, God took care of John, just as He took care of America by preventing the casualties from being more extensive and debilitating. Have you trusted Him to take care of you? God has a message of hope that will transform your life too.
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