Fuchida was the leader of the first air wave attack on pearl harbor on december 7, 1941. One of them was corporal jacob jake deshazer, a bombardier. The doolittle raid followed less than six months after pearl harbor as. Forgive your enemies 9781576584750 by geoff benge, janet benge. A bombardier in the army air corps, deshazer volunteered for a topsecret mission, agreeing to fly with the legendary doolittle raiders in a surprise bombing attack over japan. George barr, jacob deshazer, robert hite and chase nielson returned to. Enlisted on february 26, 1940 at fort mcdowell, california. Indeed, it led to his capture as a prisoner of war. I remember the evening linda won the 2016 acfw genesis award i was a finalist that year in a different category and i was impressed by her acceptance speech.
Jacob deshazer was one of the doolittle raiders who bombed japan on april 18, 1942. One of the famous doolittle raiders who first attacked japan after t. He was a corporal at that time and was the bombardier in the 16th and last b25. Here is a video interview with jacob deshazer from cbn i was a prisoner of japan is deshazers story as told to don r. One of the famous doolittle raiders who first attacked japan after the bombing of pearl harbor, jacob deshazer 19122008 knew this oneway mission was dangerous. He was captured and most of the book describes his time in prison. In september 1942, emperor hirohito signed an imperial rescript condemning to death american fliers lieutenants dean e. Jacob deshazer was part of doolittles bombing mission over tokyo in wwii. Story of jacob deshazer american pow in japan during wwii.
He slid his pistol, knife, and ration packets into the pockets of his leather jacket and edged toward the open hatch of the b25 bomber. On april 18, 1942, army corporal jacob deshazer boarded a bomber plane with his pilot, lieutenant william farrow, and a. It was world war ii and the japanese had bombed the u. During that time, jake began a relationship with christ that changed his life. Published on oct 29, 2010 after the japanese bombed pearl harbor, corporal jacob deshazer became a man bent on revenge. In from vengeance to forgiveness, viewers discover corporal jake deshazer, a bombardier with world war iis famous doolittle raiders.
The japanese and american airmen who chose to forgive after. His plane ran out of gas so the crew parachuted out over chinese territory. Beaten, malnourished, and alone in his cell, jacob was given a bible and far away from home, this american soldier became a. His biggest accomplishment was probably in 1950 when he converted mitsuo fuchida to christianity. Today we welcome my new friend linda thompson to the blog. Jacob daniel deshazer 15 november 1912 15 march 2008 participated in the doolittle. This jacob deshazer christian testimony video was done by penrose productions. Three thousand feet above china, it was jakes turn to jump. Former pow jacob deshazer returns to japan christian. He was a bombardier on a mission as part of the doolittle raiders who first attacked japan after the bombing of pearl harbor. One day, deshazer asked to see the bible in the prison camp.
For those who arent very familiar with history, the doolittle raid was conducted just a few short months after pearl harbor being. He was a corporal at that time and was the bombardier in the 16th and last b25 to take off from the uss hornet. Amazing story of gods sovereignty, redemption and reconciliation. Falkenberg of the bible meditation league bml, 1950. Jacob deshazer s story is a testament to the grit and determination that saw the u. Jacob daniel deshazer, 6584514, staff sergeant bombardier crew 16. Jan 12, 2017 sixteen b25 mitchell bombers were carefully prepared to enable them to take off from an aircraft carrier.
Army air corps on february 26, 1940, and after completing basic training, bombardier, and aircraft mechanic schools, he was assigned to the 34th bomb squadron of the 17th bomb group at pendleton field, oregon. The 80 crewmen were volunteers, invited to participate in a dangerous mission the details of which they knew nothing until they were at sea heading for japan. They gave him a book, but they said, you can only have this for a few days. They flew to the chinese coast where they were forced to bail out because the. George barr top center spent months in mental hospitals upon his release.
Doolittle raiders the morning after their capture in china. He is now known as a war hero to americans and a hero of peace and faith to the people of japan. However, deshazer was captured by the japanese and spent the rest of the war in a japanese prison. Spatz and commuting to life sentences lieutenants robert j.
In what seems to him like another life, jacob daniel deshazer flew with the doolittle. On this day, december 28, 1948, reverend jacob deshazer and his young family. Army b25 bombers broke through japanese defenses on april 18, 1942, to strike tokyo and other cities in broad daylight. After jake and seven other airmen were captured by. He slid his pistol, knife, and ration packets into the pockets of his leather jacket and edged toward. The first three were executed by a firing squad, but jacob deshazer was spared through a miracle of god. Jacob deshazer was born on november 15, 1912, in west stayton, oregon. It is a biography and you learn a lot about the man, but you really cant connect with him emotionally at all because, again, it reads like a really long book report. By luck of the draw, jacob found himself as one of the 80 men participating in the famous doolittle raid over japan shortly after the bombing of pearl harbor.
One of these captives, corporal jacob deshazer eventually became a missionary and returned to japan in 1948, where he served in that capacity for over 30 years. Nov 10, 2019 corporal jacob deshazer, i was a prisoner of japan. The tract was entitled, i was a prisoner of japan, written by jacob deshazer who was one of the famous doolittle raiders. Jacob deshazer, a bombardier in the storied doolittle raid over japan in. Forced to bail out over occupied china, he was captured by the japanese, tortured, starved, and held in solitary confinement. I begged my captors to get a bible for me, he recalled in i was a prisoner of japan, a religious tract he wrote in 1950. He and the other captured soldiers from the mission were tortured. Lieutenant william farrell top left and corporal harold spatz lower right were executed by firing squad in china. But after almost two years in captivity, jacob was able to read a few books, including the bible.
Deshazer went to japan in 1948 as a missionary and preached to the nation who held him captive. At last, in the month of may 1944, a guard brought me the book, but told me. Was captured by the japanese after the tokyo raid and spent 40 months as a prisoner of war. Jan 04, 2017 the japanese and american airmen who chose to forgive after wwii. Corporal jacob deshazer in a postwar publicity photo. The only problem i had with the book is that it is written like a book report.
Mar 23, 2008 amid his misery, corporal deshazer had one source of solace. Forgive your enemies, is an excellent story of forgiveness. They also promised to give the men some books and a bible, but. Jacob deshazer wartime bomb aimer captured by the japanese who in peacetime became a christian missionary in japan for 30 years. He fortunately was saved in prison due to the japanese giving the prisoners 5 books to read. Captured by the japanese he spent the rest of the war in a prison camp. The first book on his experiences was written in 1950 by president watson. Forgive your enemies 19122008 one of the famous doolittle raiders who first attacked japan after the bombing of pearl harbor, jacob deshazer knew this oneway mission was dangerous. Attended bombardier and airplane mechanics schools. He is a boardcertified internal medicine physician executive with over 25 years of management experience in medical informatics, quality improvement, medical management and care delivery redesign. Corporal jacob deshazer flew with the legendary doolittle raiders in a surprise attack on japan. Jacob deshazer is the glowering man on the lower left. Deshazer was a member of the doolittle raiders back in world war 2. For army corporal jacob deshazer, an amazing drama was just beginning.
Indeed, it led to his capture by the japanese as a prisoner of war. On april 18, 1942, army corporal jacob deshazer boarded a bomber plane with his pilot, lieutenant william farrow, and a copilot, navigator, and rear gunner. The flight took them over nagoya where the bombs were dropped. Jacob was beaten, starved, and put in a camp that seemed like the pit of hell. He had always wanted to be a pilot, but when he did not qualify, an opportunity opened to become a bombardier. They mentioned bill farrow, dean hallmark, sergeant harold spatz and corporal jacob deshazer.
Had corporal jake deshazer been a gambling man, he could have seen the. Jacob deshazer, 19122008, was one of the doolittle raiders that bombed the japanese mainland in the early months of world war two. From bombs to something more powerful december 7, 1941the bombing of pearl harborchanged the world. By luck of the draw, jacob found himself as one of the 80 m. Dec 18, 2012 this is a gospel track written by jacob deshazer, entitled i was a prisoner of japan. Jacob was quickly captured by the japanese army and held as a pow for 40 months. Forgive your enemies three thousand feet above china, it was jakes turn to jump. Jacob deshazers personal testimony by jacob deshazer. Apr 01, 2009 jacob deshazer, a member of the doolittle raiders, tells the story of his conversion to christianity in a japanese pow camp, his forgiveness for his japanese torturers, and his return to japan to. Jacob deshazer was the corporal and the bombardier of the doolittle tokyo raiders. Jacob deshazer, a bombardier in the storied doolittle raid over japan in world war ii who endured 40 months of brutality as a prisoner of the japanese, then became a missionary in japan spreading a message of christian love and forgiveness, died on march 15 at his home in salem, ore. Mini bio 1 jacob deshazer was one of the doolittle raiders who bombed japan on april 18, 1942.
Carol aiko deshazer dixon is the first daughter of jacob and florence deshazer. Jacob deshazer was in the army air corps during wwii. Jacob deshazer, a farm boy from oregon, joined the army air corps at age 27. Mar 12, 2009 jacob deshazer forgive your enemies three thousand feet above china, it was jakes turn to jump. Although they were all slated for death, the emperor had stopped further killing. Charles deshazer, md, is the senior vice president and chief medical office for highmark health plan.
Wwii prisoner of war converted, becomes missionary to japan. Carol aiko deshazer dixon author return of the raider. She was born in kobe, japan and her middle name aiko means lovechild in japanese. Return of the raider presents one survivors view of the doolittle raid against japan in the early days of world war ii after pearl harbor. Jacob deshazers story is a testament to the grit and determination that saw the u. Beaten, malnourished, and alone in his cell, jacob was given a bibleand far away from home, this american soldier became a christian. During that time he recommitted his life to christ. Christian testimony by jacob deshazer, a japanese pow and. George barr navigator, lt william g farrow pilot, cpl jacob d deshazer. Graduated from madras high school, madras, oregon in 1931. Jacob deshazer, united states army air corps, was a bombardier on.1159 1546 1562 421 1447 558 207 1533 746 1216 626 292 1501 748 482 1540 1084 482 443 407 650 513 1152 664 962 688 1088 1575 201 411 1488 585 154 564 1444 1396 1271 819 424 62 412