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19 – Jan. 19 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


“You are who you are when you are totally alone.”
 Dr. E. Robert Jordan was saved on Jan. 1948.  Because of the length of this story it will be concluded later.  Jan. 22, 1949, marks the date of his wedding to Mrs. Jordan, and his exciting story will be concluded on that date.  When he was two years old his mother had an adulterous affair, ending an abusive marriage.  His father remarried, but the step-mother was cruel.  When only three, he and his five year old sister ran away, taking turns carrying their one year old sister all the way across Dayton, OH to their grandparent’s home.  Eventually, a court sent them to an orphanage.  In the orphanage, E. Robert learned the “pecking order.” He was beaten by the bigger boys until he was able to fend for himself.  He hated school and was a constant irritant to his teachers.  At fifteen he was in the sixth grade.  When Pearl Harbor and Dec. 7 happened, his “cottage father” signed for him, and in 1942  the boy found himself headed for the Great Lakes Naval Station.  He now learned of the “pecking order” in the military.  Early he decided to climb the ranks, but drinking became a way of life for him.  After getting into a fight, he was ordered to represent the Navy against the Marines in boxing competition.  He became the middleweight boxing champion of the Navy.  Jordan was assigned to the Pacific Theater and saw first – hand Japanese suicide attacks, one destroying his gun turret, killing all of his men.  His drinking worsened, the only one he hated more than the Japs was his step-mother who he decided to kill when on furlough, but his plans were thwarted time and again.  Jordan re-enlisted and was assigned to a cruiser and the training of 72 new recruits.  While docked in Bermuda, a hippie told him, “You are who you are when you are totally alone.” (to be continued).
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 39-40.

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