December 7, 2012
Today's Photograph . . . . We Through The Patience and Comfort Of The Scriptures Might Have Hope (Navyhistory.org)
71st Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
A Date Which Will Live In Infamy
Bible Study Verses
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (NKJV)
A Gallup poll just before the attack on Pearl Harbor flaunted that 52% of Americans expected war with Japan, 27% did not expect war, and as always the fence straddlers consisting of 21% had no opinion.
7:51 a.m. Hawaiian time carried the first aerial attack. Naval men awoke to sounds of alarms, bombs exploding, and gunfire. 50 bombers armed with 1760 lb armor piercing bombs and 40 bombers armed with Type 91 torpedoes targeted battleships and aircraft carriers. 54 dive bombers armed with 550 lb general purpose bombs targeted Ford Island and Wheeler Field. 45 fighters for air control and strafing targeted aircraft at Barber's Point, Hickam Field, Ford Island, Wheeler Field, and, Kaneohe. Midget Jap submarines, like sea roaches, were partners in the crime.
Japan intent was to preserve its targeting Malaya and the Dutch West Indies by decimating the US Naval fleet and any shred of American moral that remained. One and half hours later the attack ended. 2,402 Americans died 1,177 from just the Battleship USS Arizona, 1282 were wounded, and 9 ships, including 5 battleships, were sunk and 21 damaged. 188 US aircraft were destroyed and 159 damaged leaving 55 intact.
Doris Miller was collecting laundry when the battle commenced. He found his battle station destroyed by torpedoes. His description of his actions was interesting, 1 "It wasn't hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about fifteen minutes. I think I got one of those Jap planes. They were diving pretty close to us." He shot a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until the ammo ran out and he was ordered to abandon his ship.
Despite the early surprise, US military personnel responded efficiently and courageously. By attacking us, the United States, Japan ensured her ultimate defeat!!!
During World War II, men and women did what was needed not counting the danger nor the effort it would cost them. We could all take an example from them and live more intently courageous for God.
Also, remember it was acceptable and good to carry a Bible, share and read scripture out loud, encourage each other, and pray out loud. It wasn't a crime to honor God, pray, and carry a Bible in the military. As the above verse states the comfort of God's Word brings hope.
America has kicked God out of our schools, our military, and our lives. It is a sad direction the United States has texted itself into. We need the heroes from the past to give us the courage to stand for what we believe in and to live it. I'm proud of America and our military!!! May America turn back to Jesus Christ. Pray that God will protect America.
Please pray and support our troops. They need to know they are not forgotten while they protect our freedoms and each of us can touch one family.