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'Lucky' Yamaguchi, the man who survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs, dies aged 93
Daily Mail ^ | January 6, 2010 | Wil Longbottom

Posted on 01/06/2010 8:59:27 PM PST by bogusname

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognised as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at the age of 93. Mr Yamaguchi, known as 'Lucky', was in Hiroshima on a business trip for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on August 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body as well as temporary blindness and spent the night in the city. He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 190 miles to the southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack just three days later. On August 15, 1945, Japan surrended - ending the war. Mr Yamaguchi died on Monday morning from stomach cancer, according to Japanese newspapers. It is not clear if the cancer is related to his exposure to radiation...

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History
KEYWORDS: atomicbomb; bomb; hiroshima; nagasaki; obituary; radiation; wwii; yamaguchi
I wouldn't exactly call him lucky.
1 posted on 01/06/2010 8:59:30 PM PST by bogusname
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To: bogusname

RIP.


2 posted on 01/06/2010 9:07:28 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: bogusname
I wouldn't exactly call him lucky.

yeah. that would be a bogus name...

3 posted on 01/06/2010 9:08:42 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 350 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: bogusname
Cracked's Most Bizarrely Unlucky People to Have Ever Lived
4 posted on 01/06/2010 9:09:43 PM PST by TheRealDBear
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To: bogusname
He later became the creature known as "Godzilla."
(Cue that "eeeiiiinnnuhhhuuddd" noise that Godzilla makes)
5 posted on 01/06/2010 9:14:01 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: bogusname

You wouldn’t? Surviving those blasts and living to 93 years old? I would say he was VERY LUCKY.


6 posted on 01/06/2010 9:16:44 PM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: bogusname

He is luckier than Lucky the 3 legged dog.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 9:20:09 PM PST by Ditter
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To: bogusname

The guy is lucky. He suffered burns and most likely radiation sickness from the explosions.


8 posted on 01/06/2010 9:26:20 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: bogusname

He was 93 and they want to speculate that his cancer was caused by the atom bombs?


9 posted on 01/06/2010 9:27:17 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: cubreporter

I agree most of us will not live to see 93.


10 posted on 01/06/2010 9:29:12 PM PST by mtnjimmi (“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.” Max Lerner)
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To: bogusname
age of 93...

Mr Yamaguchi died on Monday morning from stomach cancer, according to Japanese newspapers. It is not clear if the cancer is related to his exposure to radiation...

Hmmm. He was 93 and August 1945 was over 64 years ago.

Maybe he was a smoker and that's what caused it.../s

11 posted on 01/06/2010 9:30:09 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: bogusname

“Lucky” gives new meaning to being in the wrong place at the wrong time!


12 posted on 01/06/2010 9:30:39 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: lonestar

Ditto!


13 posted on 01/06/2010 9:31:40 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: bogusname

Mrs. "Lucky"? (snort)

14 posted on 01/06/2010 9:33:16 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: lonestar

Back then, had no effective treatment against radiation sickness. Just imagine the agony this guy went through twice.


15 posted on 01/06/2010 9:33:20 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: Ditter
He is luckier than Lucky the 3 legged dog.

Reminds me of Lucky the 3-legged pig. I heard that the pig got the name of Lucky because when his owner had gotten stuck up to his chest in mud and couldn't get out, Lucky had trotted over and pulled him out. His owner also said that the pig had helped his wife win a pick 3 lotto game by tapping out the winning numbers with a hoof when it noticed her filling out a ticket. I then asked him why the pig had only 3 legs. He replied that gosh, you sure couldn't eat a pig like that all at once. :D

16 posted on 01/06/2010 9:35:35 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: Williams
He was 93 and they want to speculate that his cancer was caused by the atom bombs?

That's liberal wisdom for you.

17 posted on 01/06/2010 9:37:48 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

LOL


18 posted on 01/06/2010 9:38:45 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: bogusname
I used to work for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. I've been to both the factory in Hiroshima and the shipyards in Nagasaki. The shipyards at Nagasaki built most of the fleet which attacked Pearl Harbor and were the primary target. But as luck would have it, they were shrouded in fog and the other side of the bay, which contained the secondary target, the Mitsubishi Steel Works, was clear.

The Nagasaki bomb was, sadly, unnecessary. The Japanese had passed their intentions to capitulate through their supposedly neutral intermediary, the Soviet Union. The Russians sat on this information long enough to declare war on Japan and help themselves to some major spoils.

19 posted on 01/06/2010 9:41:21 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Just imagine the agony this guy went through twice.

He probably suffered the affects of both simultaneously...being only 3 days apart...maybe twice as bad?

I don't like to think about it!

20 posted on 01/06/2010 9:41:43 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: bogusname
It is not clear if the cancer is related to his exposure to radiation...

That line has to be a joke right?

"He coulda lived another twenty years!" /s

21 posted on 01/06/2010 9:44:23 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: eldoradude

Radiation exposure can also increase the probability of contracting some other diseases, mainly cancer, tumours, and genetic damage.


22 posted on 01/06/2010 9:44:33 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: TigersEye

LOL- Exactly


23 posted on 01/06/2010 9:46:37 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: lonestar

It happened to this poor man.Radiation sickness is usually defined as damage to the body caused by a very large dose of radiation often received over a short period of time.Although radiation sickness is serious and often fatal, it’s very rare.


24 posted on 01/06/2010 9:47:54 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: bogusname

Not only that he worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. How many people in this country have sued for asbestos related cancers for working in the ship yards during WWII? Maybe the Japs didn’t use asbestos but still...


25 posted on 01/06/2010 9:51:06 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

How could Hiroshima and Nagasaki be rebuilt but not Chernobal?


26 posted on 01/06/2010 9:55:18 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: All
In his later years, Mr Yamaguchi gave talks about his experiences as an atomic bomb survivor and often expressed his hope that such weapons would be abolished.

It would be nice if we could abolish imperialist regimes that perpetrate sneak attacks too.

27 posted on 01/06/2010 10:03:57 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: lonestar

Chernobyl was not one massive explosion like an a bomb. Chernobyl was a series of massive explosions and a massive fire inside the reactor where there plutonuim inside. The core actually melted down and turned into lava. Did you know that it spewed more radiation was four hundred times more fallout was released than had been by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


28 posted on 01/06/2010 10:07:21 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: bogusname

It makes you wonder what he thought about when arrived home in Nagasaki, after surviving the Hiroshima blast: “Thank goodness I am back home. It might be boring here in Dullsville Nagasaki, but at least nothing like THAT ever happens around these parts!!”.


29 posted on 01/06/2010 10:16:27 PM PST by Zetman
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To: Vigilanteman

“The Japanese had passed their intentions to capitulate through their supposedly neutral intermediary, the Soviet Union. The Russians sat on this information long enough to declare war on Japan and help themselves to some major spoils.”

Something is wrong with this timeline. The Russians were at war with Japan at that time and were not neutral. It would make no sense for the Japanese to consider Russia as a neutral country between the dates of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, because Russia was already in combat with the Japanese army on the mainland. The overtures by Japan for ending the war were made through neutral countries like Sweden and Portugal, but were rejected by the US because there were always conditional terms attached. The US had made it very clear to all parties that only an unconditional surrender was acceptable.


30 posted on 01/06/2010 10:26:01 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: sonofstrangelove

At the time of his death, three of his eyes were bad.


31 posted on 01/06/2010 10:47:05 PM PST by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: Kirkwood
August 6, 1945 - Hiroshima is nuked.

August 8, 1945 - Soviet Union declares war on Japan.

August 9, 1945 - Nagasaki is nuked.

Prior to August 8, the Soviet Union was a neutral in the war taking place in the Pacific.

32 posted on 01/07/2010 12:48:34 AM PST by Cheburashka (It's a _happy_ Russian novel. Everybody still dies, but everybody dies happy.)
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To: Boiling point

I do not think that the cateracts were part of his dual exposure to huge amounts to radiation. People get caterats when they are in their fifties. You can have your retinas
“dissolved” when looking at the flash. The government sells these special goggles that protect you from an atomic flash. I have several pairs of these googles. A welder’s goggles would also protect your eyes from a flash.


33 posted on 01/07/2010 12:52:03 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: Cheburashka

The reason why the Russians were neutral because they signed a non agression pact with Japan in 1939. In fact, the Russians were waiting for a Japanese attack against that never came.


34 posted on 01/07/2010 12:53:53 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: Boiling point

You do not get an extra eye, but if you are a fetus exposed to large amounts of radiation because of genetic damage.


35 posted on 01/07/2010 12:56:17 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: Boiling point

You do not get an extra eye, but if you are a fetus exposed to large amounts of radiation because of genetic damage.


36 posted on 01/07/2010 12:57:16 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: mtnjimmi

and if anyone deserved to live for a long time it was him. Rest in Peace.


37 posted on 01/07/2010 6:43:59 AM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
I knew none of that. We hear about radiation and how areas can't be inhabited for X numbers of years and I never understood how it different for different places.

I don't understand the "black hole" either. LOL!

38 posted on 01/07/2010 7:32:50 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: bogusname

He outlived, by quite a few years, his cousin “Chicken” Teriyaki, a kamikazi pilot who flew over 50 missions.


39 posted on 01/07/2010 7:39:15 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Kirkwood
Nothing is wrong with the timeline:

August 6: Bombing of Hiroshima shortly after 8 a.m.

August 9: At two minutes past midnight on August 9, Tokyo time, Soviet infantry, armor, and air forces had launched the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation. Four hours later, word reached Tokyo that the Soviet Union had declared war on Japan.

That four hours later would be approx. 4 a.m. Japan time. The bomb was dropped on Nagasaki about seven hours later, roughly a three hour delay because the primary target (Kokura) was fogged in, there was fog on the secondary target (Mitsubishi shipyards) in Nagasaki, but the tertiary target in Nagasaki (Mitsubishi steel works) was clear.

Suggest you rent the movie "Japan's Longest Day" (Japanese with English subtitling) if you want a very accurate historical account with secondary entertainment value. It does an excellent job of covering events from late July 1945 (when the U.S. first indicated what the Japanese viewed as flexibility on the Potsdam declaration, i.e. allowing the emperor to remain on the throne) until the emperor's surrender broadcast on August 15, 1945.

Most older Japanese (and many of my generation as well) are very much aware of the Soviet duplicity in this matter even if it was whitewashed by the American media because the Soviet Union were still our allies at the time.

40 posted on 01/07/2010 8:02:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Cheburashka
You are correct. The Soviet Union declared war on Japan about 5 minutes before midnight on August 8 and launched first offensive operations at 2 minutes after midnight on August 9. So there was less than ten minutes between the declaration of war and the opening of hostilities.

The Japanese gave us more warning (by several hours) on Pearl Harbor.

41 posted on 01/07/2010 8:06:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Thanks bogusname.
Note: this topic is from January 6, 2010.

Of course, he almost starved for years afterward, because no one wanted to risk getting too close to him.

Feng Shui ping. Wait a second... isn't that the guy who runs China?
42 posted on 01/29/2010 5:53:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yep...it’s interesting to look at participants of the Potsdam Conference (which included the Soviets) and the Potsdam Declaration/Ultimatum which was issued to Japan. The Soviets did not sign on to the ultimatum whose only signatories were the US, Great Britain and Chiang Kai Shek’s China.


43 posted on 01/29/2010 6:04:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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