If the US had to invade Japan, my dad’s battalion (760th FA BN) was set to go in one of the first waves. My dad - and most of his battalion - would probably not have survived.
My husband and I had the privilege of attending a reunion of my dad’s battalion. Only eight men there, and their wives.
Those men knew what was coming if they had to invade. They knew their chances of survival would be slim. You can imagine how they felt when Japan surrendered.
What they found when they went into Japan was that every man, woman and child was armed - even down to sharpened sticks - was expected to fight to the death. The dropping of that bomb was probably a relief for them as well. The old soldiers told us that the first day our soldiers occupied Japan, the people would not come out of their homes. They thought the American soldiers would be as brutal as their own soldiers. The day after that, when they realized that American soldiers weren’t like that, they came out of their homes and were actually very friendly and cooperative. They were glad it was over too.
I wish I’d asked my dad about it. I had to learn all of this at the reunion, and dad had passed away five years earlier, in 2000.
You may have not gotten an answer... many guys don't like to talk about it... my dad was in the Korean conflict and won't say anything about it.