Meet and read about the Army RADAR Operators below, who are now about 90 years old and remember it well.
The article below appeared adjacent to the article above on page A27.
Admiral Chester Nimitz - Commander of the Pacific Fleet
and told by President F. Roosevelt that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet on Christmas Eve, 1941. On Christmas
Day, after touring the Harbor and assessing the extensive damage that had everyone in a spirit of despair
with big sunken battleships and Navy vessels cluttering the Harbor, was asked, "well Admiral, what to do
think of 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".
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 every one 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 the American mainland. 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.
Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born an 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.
Internet Research by Duane Tuttle (Ensign, U.S. Navy circa 1950s).