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Hiroshima, through one survivor's eyes 62 years later, man shares his memories of the atomic bomb
star ledger ^ | Sunday, March 16, 2008 | NATALIE PINEIRO

Posted on 03/17/2008 5:00:40 PM PDT by Coleus

It was a clear, hot summer day on Aug. 6, 1945, when 10-year-old Kenji Kitagawa kissed his mother and brother goodbye before leaving for school. The fifth-grader didn't know that would be the last time he would see them alive. Life was forever altered for Kitagawa and the rest of the world 62 years ago, as an American B-29 bomber, flying 26,000 feet above his hometown of Hiroshima, Japan, dropped an atomic bomb.

Now 73, Kitagawa travels the world as part of an effort to educate people on the destructive power of nuclear weapons. Sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Kitagawa has been publicly reliving his experiences from Hiroshima for the past three years. With foundation Chairman Steven Leeper serving as translator, Kitagawa shared his experience with an audience of about 60 people at Christ Church in Summit last Sunday.

"After retiring, I had this feeling that I was not going to live much longer, and I thought, 'What is the most important thing for me to do?' and my mind was brought back to this place," he said, referring to Hiroshima. Kitagawa and his classmates were awaiting an assembly program at their school when the bomb hit at 8:16 a.m. A flash of blue and white light came like lightning through the windows, charring all who were directly exposed, Kitagawa said. Confusion and panic followed, as a ferocious blast of wind came crashing into the school.

"There was an amazing roaring sound and the entire school started to collapse," said Kitagawa. "I remember falling and feeling like a hammer was hitting me over the head." When he came to, the classroom was in total darkness. He would learn later that the sun became obliterated by the mushroom cloud from the bomb.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: blameamericafirst; bushsfault; hiroshima; veteran; wwii
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1 posted on 03/17/2008 5:00:40 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

I can’t even begin to imagine...


2 posted on 03/17/2008 5:04:08 PM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that they have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: Coleus

Ooo, I know the answer/s to this!!

“I’ll take “Bush’s fault” for $1,000, Alex!”

or

“I’ll take “All America’s Fault” for $1,000, Alex!”


3 posted on 03/17/2008 5:05:22 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: Coleus

I would like to see the second page to see if this is a hit piece or not and we are bad Americans for ending WW-II. I won’t do their dance to get there.


4 posted on 03/17/2008 5:05:37 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: Coleus

I would have liked to read the rest of the article,
did they happen to mention that there was a WAR ON?


5 posted on 03/17/2008 5:05:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Coleus
while were at never agains, how's about never again the rape of Nan king, never again a Bataan death march. these and other atrocities lead up to us nuking them. If they didn't do any of this they wouldn’t have gotten nuked plain and simple. Now flame away.
6 posted on 03/17/2008 5:06:34 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: Coleus

How does one survive a direct nuclear blast at ground zero and never suffer any lasting complications?


7 posted on 03/17/2008 5:06:37 PM PDT by MiltonFriedmanFan
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To: Coleus

Next time, do not mess with AMERICA!


9 posted on 03/17/2008 5:07:11 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: Coleus
Now 73, Kitagawa travels the world as part of an effort to educate people on the destructive power of nuclear weapons the philosophy of the Japanese being a master race.

There, fixed it for him.

10 posted on 03/17/2008 5:07:19 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate.)
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To: JimC214

“Now flame away”

Now that you mention it, the firebombing of Toyko killed more people than the two nukes did as I recall.


12 posted on 03/17/2008 5:08:39 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: Coleus; Robert A. Cook, PE
"I think that anyone who has ever been to Hiroshima, or has met a survivor and has seen the damage caused by these nuclear weapons, could never justify their use," Mitchell said. "I think it's important to spread Hiroshima's message of, 'Never again.'"

"atomic" bombs

13 posted on 03/17/2008 5:08:50 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Coleus

Do people still laugh when children are taught to duck and cover in the event of a nuclear war? Whoops, we don’t teach those drills anymore because a nuclear exchange isn’t as likely.


14 posted on 03/17/2008 5:09:37 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Snoopers-868th
I would like to see the second page to see if this is a hit piece or not and we are bad Americans for ending WW-II. I won’t do their dance to get there.

Not a hit piece, surprisingly.

15 posted on 03/17/2008 5:09:51 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: tet68; Snoopers-868th

I would have liked to read the rest of the article, >>

it takes 2 seconds to make up a zip code, year of birth and gender.


16 posted on 03/17/2008 5:10:43 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: 21twelve
Now that you mention it, the firebombing of Toyko killed more people than the two nukes did as I recall.

I recall the same.

17 posted on 03/17/2008 5:11:02 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Coleus

Here’s a description of what an invasion of Japan would have involved:

http://www.webwizpro.com/1945InvasionofJapan.html

Probably would have cost a million Americans.

And tens of millions of Japanese.


18 posted on 03/17/2008 5:11:54 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MiltonFriedmanFan

You don’t,
But you can survive


19 posted on 03/17/2008 5:12:17 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (Thank God for good directions,and turnip greens,,)
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To: MiltonFriedmanFan
How does one survive a direct nuclear blast at ground zero and never suffer any lasting complications?

If your survive the initial blast effects and are in the shadow of any gamma-rays, your chance of surviving a nuclear blast are very good.

That is why U.S. Army troops could be located close to the nuclear test blasts in Nevada and not be harmed, since they were in slit trenches and protected.

20 posted on 03/17/2008 5:12:52 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: Coleus

One word response: Nanking.


21 posted on 03/17/2008 5:14:00 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Coleus

Japan started the war and we ended it, quite convincingly.


22 posted on 03/17/2008 5:15:17 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Coleus
I think they cheered this kind of stuff. Jap beheading an American.


23 posted on 03/17/2008 5:16:00 PM PDT by bjs1779
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To: Coleus
'What is the most important thing for me to do?'

Become a useful idiot?

NEVER FORGET...

24 posted on 03/17/2008 5:16:37 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Coleus
"...man shares his memories of the atomic bomb..."

I thought this was going to be a one word article:

Dean's yell: Yeeeaaaaarggggh!!!

25 posted on 03/17/2008 5:18:32 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Sawdring
Do people still laugh when children are taught to duck and cover in the event of a nuclear war?

Children were taught that, because it works!

As a soldier in Germany during the 1970's, this is exactly what were were taught to do and were expected to attack the enemy after the initial blast.

26 posted on 03/17/2008 5:19:14 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: Coleus
American military leaders feared a land invasion of Japan to bring an end to World War II would involve tremendous Allied casualties --

That's an out and out lie of ommission. The American Military had seen the civilian suicides/homicides by the thousands as entire families killed themselves with grenades or jumping off the Marpi Point cliffs of Saipan after that islands invasion. It wasn't just our military casualties our military was worried about.

Semper Fi,

TS

27 posted on 03/17/2008 5:19:24 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: DuncanWaring

[Probably would have cost a million Americans.]

Which means many of us wouldn’t be here to read this post because our fathers or grandfathers would have died in Japan.


28 posted on 03/17/2008 5:19:56 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Coleus

Too bad he does not have a segment included of the brutality that caused the bomb to be dropped...


29 posted on 03/17/2008 5:20:33 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

What I am amazed at, and pass on to my kids every time the anniversary comes around and the peace folks float their oragami stuff on the lake - the Japs said they would fight to the death (like on Okinawa) after the first bomb. Luckily we had a second one.


30 posted on 03/17/2008 5:20:41 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: sit-rep
Too bad he does not have a segment included of the brutality that caused the bomb to be dropped...

Bump

31 posted on 03/17/2008 5:22:12 PM PDT by bjs1779
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To: Old Sarge

NEVER FORGET...


32 posted on 03/17/2008 5:22:48 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (Thank God for good directions,and turnip greens,,)
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To: bjs1779

i think that’s an Australian


33 posted on 03/17/2008 5:23:05 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: Sawdring

Duck and cover, storing food in the basement ect. gave way to “just nuke me already” fatalism around ‘85. Maybe that is because the ice was melting I don’t know. Anybody else feel that was the case? (born in ‘72)


34 posted on 03/17/2008 5:24:27 PM PDT by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: DuncanWaring

That looks like a great article. I will read all of it later. I recall my Dad telling me he was in the second planned invasion force. He was serving on the USS Puget Sound in August 1945.
Thank God for Harry Truman. I may well owe my life to his superior judgment.
Dad passed last week. Always a hero to me.


35 posted on 03/17/2008 5:24:42 PM PDT by BIV
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To: DuncanWaring

> Here’s a description of what an invasion of Japan would have involved:

And that doesn’t even include how much further they
would have been on whatever it was they were testing
in what is now PRK.


36 posted on 03/17/2008 5:24:46 PM PDT by Boundless (Legacy Media is hazardous to your mental health)
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To: DuncanWaring
Yes, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki actually SAVED lives on BOTH sides.

But thinking about this can case liberals' mental processes to seize up,

37 posted on 03/17/2008 5:26:15 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Coleus

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it
We’ll skin the streak of yellow from this sneaky little fellow
And he’ll think a cyclone hit him when he’s thru it
We’ll take the double crosser to the old woodshed
We’ll start on his bottom and go to his head
When we get thru with him he’ll wish that he was dead
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it
The Japs and all their hooey will be changed into chop suey
And the rising sun will set when we get thru it
Their alibi for fighting is to save their face
For ancestors waiting in celestial space
We’ll kick their precious face down to the other place
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it
We’ll murder Hirohito, massacre that slob Benito
Hang’em with that Shickle gruber when we’re thru it
We’ll search the highest mountain for the tallest tree
To build us a hanging post for the evil three
We’ll call in all our neighbors, let’em know their free
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap


38 posted on 03/17/2008 5:26:32 PM PDT by Jim Noble (I've got a home in Glory Land that outshines the sun)
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To: babble-on
Smile, you are on candid camera.


39 posted on 03/17/2008 5:26:49 PM PDT by bjs1779
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To: All
Geeze,

An old guy recounts his awful experience as a 10 year old child, which he did not talk about for years......

Personally, I found the article very intersting and I feel sorry that the man (who was ten years old at the time) lost most of his family and over 90% of his school mates.

There are not many people alive that have first hand knowledge of what it was like to survive a nuclear blast.

Can't you just take in the experience this guy had without minimizing it.

40 posted on 03/17/2008 5:27:04 PM PDT by BRL
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To: sionnsar
"I think that anyone who has ever been to Hiroshima, or has met a survivor and has seen the damage caused by these nuclear weapons, could never justify their use," Mitchell said.

Hmmmm....these stupid apologists always seem to forget or ignore some hard facts about the Japanese in the 1930s and 1940s:

Unit 731

Operation Downfall

41 posted on 03/17/2008 5:27:14 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Coleus
I have always wondered...

Assume for a moment that Japan had given up on August 5th. Yeah, yeah, I know... No way. But bear with me.

So assume that nu-cu-lar weapons were not used in order to end WWII and the effects of the first bombs were not on display for the world to see and be rightfully horrified by.

It seems (seeeemmmsss...) to me that it would now be much more likely that a more advanced weapon with a larger yield would eventually have been used elsewhere by someone else or another.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the use of early atom bombs provided a graphic enough example of the effects that made the further use of said weapons less acceptable and therefore less likely.

Just my $0.02.

42 posted on 03/17/2008 5:27:34 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: Coleus
Life was forever altered for Kitagawa and the rest of the world 62 years ago

I think it was also forever altered for any children of those who died at Pearl Harbor.

43 posted on 03/17/2008 5:28:09 PM PDT by liege
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To: BIV
Dad passed last week.

Most unfortunate.

44 posted on 03/17/2008 5:29:52 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Coleus
Now 73, Kitagawa travels the world as part of an effort to educate people on the destructive power of nuclear weapons.

I wonder if he mentions Pearl Harbor in his travels.

45 posted on 03/17/2008 5:29:58 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Hunble

Children were taught that, because it works!

As a soldier in Germany during the 1970’s, this is exactly what were were taught to do and were expected to attack the enemy after the initial blast.


Repeat LOUD AND OFTEN. Many survived very close to ground zero in Japan.


46 posted on 03/17/2008 5:30:40 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Coleus
After Japan's behavior in the war, it's amazing that the place still exists. As incomprehensible it is to believe that there was any country more evil than the Third Reich. there was: The Empire of Japan.

After all I've seen and gotten used to over the years, their savagery and inhumane behavior still makes me shake my head.

Ya, sucked to get nuked, Shouldn't have started the war. They got off REAL EASY for what they did.

47 posted on 03/17/2008 5:30:47 PM PDT by Rate_Determining_Step (It's in the Koran! Submit or Die)
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To: El Sordo
Perhaps, just perhaps, the use of early atom bombs provided a graphic enough example of the effects that made the further use of said weapons less acceptable and therefore less likely.

I would agree, and to a large degree, it was intended as a stark warning to the USSR which was about to invade Japan.

48 posted on 03/17/2008 5:30:53 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: El Sordo
Perhaps, just perhaps, the use of early atom bombs provided a graphic enough example of the effects that made the further use of said weapons less acceptable and therefore less likely.

Indeed. The world should celebrate Hiroshima day, not mourn it.
49 posted on 03/17/2008 5:31:37 PM PDT by rottndog (This Tagline currently closed for maintenance and rehabilitation.)
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To: Unassuaged
Nah...it was whole "nuclear winter" scare that came to dominate the 1980s, with movies like The Day After, convincing people that no one could survive a nuclear war, no matter where they were in the world.
50 posted on 03/17/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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