“The work got intolerable in the mine. We were on limited rations and many of the men felt they were going to die in the mine because the work was too hard and they didn't have enough vitamins or energy. They were too run down. It was just a matter of time before we'd die working down there.”
“Many of the men began making plans to break their arms and legs. If you could break an arm or have somebody break it for you, then you could get a month or so topside where you had a chance to get by on the rations and have light duty.... I had a friend named Mason and he decided to break his leg. He got a guy to help him and they were going to use a railroad iron to break the leg. They were beating on his leg with this railroad iron and it wouldn't break. Mason was talking to me afterwards and said, “Hamilton, whatever you do, don't try to break your leg.”
Fortunately for my uncle, before he died in the mines they dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, and ended the war. He told me without the bomb, he would definitely have died, along with many others.
I have no patience with people who whine about Hiroshima. There would have been hundreds of thousands more people killed without the bomb.
“I have no patience with people who whine about Hiroshima. There would have been hundreds of thousands more people killed without the bomb. “
Ditto that. Please let you uncle know how much his service and his buddies’ services are appreciated.
My great-uncle (Dutch) and a family friend (Dutch) survived the Japanese POW camps, by some miracle.
That’s why we need a real Hiroshima Day to remember the lives saved by dropping the bombs.