Return of the Raider: A Doolittle Raider's Story of War and Forgiveness

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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 ...

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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.

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Return of the Raider presents one survivor’s view of the Doolittle Raid against Japan in the early days of World War II after Pearl Harbor. Jacob DeShazer’s story is a testament to the grit and determination that saw the U.S. through to victory. Return of the Raider is also an unforgettable chronicle of one man’s faith during one of the most pivotal times in American history.

—Col. Carroll V. Glines, USAF (Ret.), historian, Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders
 

Jacob DeShazer was brave like a Japanese samurai. He was brave as a prisoner of the Japanese. He never yielded to the guards. After conversion he was braver, enough to love Japanese…Return of the Raider is a story of a person who knew that perfect love drives out all fear.

—Iwao Shimada, pastor of the church the DeShazers started in Japan
 

With every reason to hate his captors, Jake had discovered a reason to forgive them—the love of Christ. This book by Jake’s daughter, Carol, and military historian, Dr. Donald Goldstein, is a long-awaited complete, contemporary biography of the raider who returned, not only to America but to Japan, with a message of hope and healing for the heart.

—David McCasland, co-producer, From Vengeance to Forgiveness: Jake DeShazer’s Extraordinary Journey, Day of Discovery Television
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616381905
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald M. Goldstein is Professor Emeritus and former Director of GSPIA’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. A veteran of the Korean War, he is a retired Air Force officer who served for 22 years. He has taught courses in history, public administration, political science, arms control, national security, theory and practice of international affairs, American foreign policy, international relations and military history.

Dr. Goldstein is the author of over 50 articles and 21 books including At Dawn We Slept, which was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and on the Best Seller List of the New York Times for 47 weeks. He won two Peabody Awards for historical work with ABC and was the winner of the National Association of Public Administrators Teacher of the Year as well as the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as a consultant for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the History Channel and NHK (Japan). He earned a BA in History and a MA in History from the University of Maryland. He also holds MS in Political Science from Georgetown University and in Public Administration from George Washington University. Goldstein earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in History from the University of Denver in 1970.

Carol Aiko DeShazer Dixon is the first daughter of Jacob and Florence DeShazer. She spent most of her childhood being home-schooled by Florence and attending military and missions schools in Japan. She graduated from the Christian Academy High School in Japan in 1972. She then attended Aldersgate College in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Education. At Aldersgate, she met and married a Canadian, Ken Dixon from British Columbia. They were married in Tokyo, Japan, by her father on December 19, 1974. The couple spent one year living in Tokyo with the DeShazers assisting their missionary work, teaching English and studying Japanese. During this time, Carol Aiko gained a greater appreciation for her parents, their ministry and all the sacrifices they had made for her and her siblings. She is very passionate about her parents’ legacy and feels strongly that their story is something she wants the world to know more about. She is presently working to make her parents’ story more available through documentaries, books and other media outlets.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 The Formative Years 3

2 Army Training 7

3 The Mission 14

4 Captivity 23

5 Trial and Verdict 26

6 Alone in the Dark 36

7 Filled with Joy 43

8 Perseverance in Prison 54

9 A Bitter Taste of Death 60

10 The Sweet Taste of Freedom 65

11 The Quest for Knowledge 83

12 The Meeting, Courtship, and Marriage of Florence Matheny to Jacob DeShazer 88

13 The Journey to Japan 102

14 Doing the Lord's Work 111

15 Fasting and Fuchida 121

16 Being a Light in a Dark Place: The Missionary Work of Jacob DeShazer 132

17 The Journey Home 141

18 Pioneer Evangelism: To and From Japan 150

19 The Final Journey: Death of a Doolittle Raider and Missionary 157

Epilogue Florence DeShazer 163

Notes 165

Bibliography 176

About the Authors 178

Contact the Authors 180

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