Return of the Raider: A Doolittle Raider's Story of War & ForgivenessDonald M. Goldstein, Carol Aiko Deshazer Dixon
Jacob DeShazer, a farm boy from Oregon, joined the army Air Corps at age 27. He had always wanted to be a pilot, but when he did not qualify, an opportunity opened to become a bombardier. By luck of the draw, Jacob found himself as one of the 80 men participating in the famo... Read More
Jacob DeShazer, a farm boy from Oregon, joined the army Air Corps at age 27. He had always wanted to be a pilot, but when he did not qualify, an opportunity opened to become a bombardier. 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.
During the raid, Jacob and his fellow crewmen bailed out over China and were taken captive by the Japanese as prisoners of war for more than three years. In that Japanese POW camp, every day facing torture and death, Jacob’s path changed when his request for a Bible was fulfilled. Jacob came back to the Christian faith in which he was raised, and made a vow to God in his prison cell that if he survived he would return to Japan, not as a warrior but as a missionary.
The Jacob DeShazer story is not only about the bravery of a soldier during war, but also about how powerful love and forgiveness can be when given to the enemy.
The DeShazer story reveals an amazing testament of faith. It shares facts and information about the participation in the historic first mission against Japanese mainland in April 1942, mere weeks after the surprise attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. DeShazer spent 40 months in a POW camp in Japan, and studied a Bible given to him by a Japanese Army guard, and became a Christian while in POW camp. After the war, DeShazer earned his college degree to become a missionary, returning to postwar Japan to minister to the Japanese people in the missions field. There he planted a church in the city of Nagoya, Japan—the same city his bomber was assigned to attack during the Doolittle Raid. DeShazer spent 30 years in the mission field in Japan with wife, Florence, and five children, three of which were born in Japan.
Page Count: 192
Dimensions: 9.10” (L) X 6.10” (W) X 0.90” (D)
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Aug 24, 2010
- UPC: 9781616381905
- Height: 0.8
- Width: 6.1
- Length: 9.1
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 180
- Publish Date: Jul 6, 2010
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 20
- BISAC: "BIO006520 , BIO008000"
- ISBN: 1616381906