JACOB DE SHAZER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 322795
JACOB DE SHAZER Smiling photo of the Doolittle pilot who became a world famous missionary following his detainment as a Japanese POW during WWII. (3½x5) Photograph signed: "Jacob De Shazer", B/w, 3½x5.
Sale Price $144.00
JACOB DE SHAZER
Smiling photo of the Doolittle pilot who became a world famous missionary following his detainment as a Japanese POW during WWII. (3½x5)
Photograph signed: "Jacob De Shazer", B/w, 3½x5. Corporal Jacob De Shazer (1912-2008) was one of 80 men who took off in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers from the U.S.S. Hornet for a daring raid over Japan on April 18, 1942. De Shazer was the bombardier on plane #16, the last of the bombers to leave the aircraft carrier. Led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, the raid, which marked the first time fully loaded bombers took off from an aircraft carrier, was in retaliation for Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "Doolittle's Raiders" hit targets in Tokyo, Yokohama and other cities and scored a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Following their attack, De Shazer's unit was forced to parachute over enemy territory, landing in a cemetery where they were captured by Japanese troops. After being tortured for 40 months in a series of POW camps in Japan and China, De Shazer was sentenced to life imprisonment by Emperor Hirochito. During his captivity, he was able to persuade a guard for a copy of the Bible, and with studying it he became a devout Christian. When he was released following the end of the war in 1945, he returned to the states to study Christianity at Seattle Pacific College. He journeyed back to Japan with his wife as a missionary in 1948. On his travels he met Captain Mitsu Fuchida who led the attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly after learning of De Shazer's story, Fuchida became a devout Christian himself, and continued out his life as a missionary in Asia and the United States, often speaking with De Shazer for national humanitarian efforts. De Shazer's story has been recounted in Fuchida's memoir (For That One Day: The Memoirs of Mitsuo Fuchida, Commander of the Attack on Pearl Harbor) and in the biography I Was a Prisoner of Japan. De Shazer spent 30 years in Japan as a missionary before returning to Oregon where he died in 2008. Following his death, De Shazer was nominated the Presidential Medal of Honor. For his war efforts he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. Fine condition.
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