And if they didn’t surrender after Nagasaki... it meant that Olympic and Coronet were the next on the docket. The loss of life in an invasion of Japan, at that time, is mind-boggling.
posted on 08/09/2008 4:13:00 AM PDT
("Duck I says... ")
posted on 08/09/2008 4:17:12 AM PDT
("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
My dad would have been a new infantry draftee private in Coronet and/or Olympic. Against fierce Japanese resistance, he might not have made it. The atom bomb probably made me possible.
posted on 08/09/2008 7:16:59 AM PDT
(Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
Several years ago I called on a manufacturer working in a complex of some of the largest warehouse buildings I'd ever seen. The old group of wooden WWII era buildings, now a commercial enterprise called “The Space Center” in Mira Loma California, comprised of 6 or 9 structures that I would guess to be 200 x 400 feet each. Each building was surrounded by rail tracks and had box car high loading docks the length of both sides.
When I asked what the original purpose of this huge complex was, the answer stopped me cold. I was told they were built as the US Army morgue, built for the deaths anticipated during the planned U.S. land invasion of Japan!
posted on 08/09/2008 9:08:37 AM PDT
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