In visiting Jacob’s Find-A-Grave memorial – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25377246/jacob-daniel-de_shazer, I noticed the following quote left by somebody who added a Virtual Flower:
I was fortunate to hear Jake DeShazer speak in church many years ago. It was a joy to hear his testimony and to speak to him personally. He was a living example of forgiveness. Rest in Peace, and thank you for your service.
He was a Doolittle Raider – http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/deshazer.htm who was captured by the Japanese after the raid. If you aren’t familiar with the Japanese treatment of POWs during World War II, it was pretty brutal – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner_of_war#Empire_of_Japan. The Japanese viewed surrender as dishonorable and preferred death to capture. Given this attitude, it’s understandable why they treated POWs harshly.
I bring up the point about how brutal it was to be captured by the Japanese to show why it could be hard for a former POW to forgive. Yet, this Doolittle Raider not only forgave, he became a missionary to Japan.