Do you know a leader when you see one?

Look For The Silver Lining or In God We Trust

                   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 on the phone.  He told Admiral
Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific

                   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 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 defeat.

                     There is a reason that our national motto is, IN


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