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YES, I'D DROP THE BOMB AGAIN
Express U.K. ^ | Tuesday May 25,2010 | Ed Pilkington

Posted on 05/25/2010 3:52:48 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th

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...over the last 65 years they have fallen one by one. First was William Parsons, a military engineer who died in 1953, followed by Robert Shumard, another engineer, 14 years later. Others died through the eighties and Nineties. Paul Tibbets, the commander of the plane, died in 2007. Less than two months ago Morris Jeppson, a bomb expert, became the penultimate member of the crew to pass away, dying in a hospital in Las Vegas aged 87. Which leaves Van Kirk, now 89, as the only living crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that set out from Tinian on August 6, 1945...
1 posted on 05/25/2010 3:52:48 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Repeal The 17th

God bless those men, and many thanks for their service.


2 posted on 05/25/2010 3:57:34 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
YES, I'D DROP THE BOMB AGAIN

yeah....so would zer0bambam....on Israel, South Korea...and quite possibly the state house of Arizona.

3 posted on 05/25/2010 3:58:35 PM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Repeal The 17th

The problem we have is that we HAVEN’T used the bomb
again. Had we used it in Korea our resolve would not
be in question.


4 posted on 05/25/2010 3:58:53 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: Repeal The 17th

I had a fascinating chat last week with an old sailor. He entered the Navy in ‘43 and served abord a landing ship that participated in the last of the Pacific island-hopping.

When they dropped the bomb, he was engaged in training exercises for the invasion of Japan.

The crew of the Enola Gay very well might have saved his life — and countless hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of other lives — Japanese as well as Americans.

God bless Mr. Van Kirk. And thanks for the post.


5 posted on 05/25/2010 4:02:29 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Amazing to see the devotion and dedication from all Americans during WWII. If it were for them to run that war the same as politicians are forcing the military to run the current wars, we'd all be speaking German by now, for sure.

I had the honor (just not the pleasure) to personally meet Dr Edward Teller, the hydrogen bomb inventor. Sadly, he was receiving chemotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments but less alone, it was quite an amazing experience. While it was an honor to meet someone with such historical significance, it was hard to forget his envy over Oppy. Teller was definitely a brilliant man but no match to Oppy's genius.
6 posted on 05/25/2010 4:03:08 PM PDT by MollyKuehl (Contribute to FR: $10 $20 $50 $100 REMEMBER, LURKING IS A FORM OF ENTITLEMENT!!!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Van Kirk is back row, second from left, next to Tibbets.

7 posted on 05/25/2010 4:04:43 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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8 posted on 05/25/2010 4:06:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: tet68

IMHO we should have used them on the Soviets at the end of WW2.

Hindsight is a bitch.


9 posted on 05/25/2010 4:06:14 PM PDT by SirLurkedalot ( Restore our Constitution in 2010/2012!!!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Great article, thanks for posting it.

BTW, I find myself wondering how many of the crew that flew Bockscar (i.e. the plane that carried out the Nagasaki bomb mission) are still with us?

Brave men, all.


10 posted on 05/25/2010 4:06:27 PM PDT by DemforBush (There's another old saying, Senator: Don't p*** down my back and tell me it's raining.)
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To: DemforBush

You are spot on, the Bockscar’s crew got less attention than Enola Gay’s.


11 posted on 05/25/2010 4:07:52 PM PDT by MollyKuehl (Contribute to FR: $10 $20 $50 $100 REMEMBER, LURKING IS A FORM OF ENTITLEMENT!!!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yep. After Normandy, my dad and his boat were on the way to the Pacific to prepare for the invasion of Japan, when the war ended.


12 posted on 05/25/2010 4:08:26 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Even looking back at the casualties, dropping ‘the bomb’ was a no brainer. Us dropping those bombs SAVED LIVES. It probably saved more Japanese lives than American.

We were preparing to invade main land Japan with a force numbering in the millions, and there would have been hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dead on both sides.

Those nuclear bombs brought a swift end to the war. Not to mention how they were truly remarkable feats of technology for the time. It’s still scary to imagine what would have happened had Germany or the Japanese would have gotten the bomb before us. The Germans were still working on it as we defeated them. Luckily, many of their best scientists were Jewish, and fled to America to escape the Nazis. I believe Japan much less so.


13 posted on 05/25/2010 4:08:54 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist" - I Hate Mexico)
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To: DemforBush; tet68; SirLurkedalot; colorado tanker; MollyKuehl; Nervous Tick; Vaquero; ...

I am often puzzled why newspapers in the U.K run more interesting stories about things going on in the U.S.
than our own newspapers do.


14 posted on 05/25/2010 4:11:21 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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To: tet68

How ya’ doin’?


15 posted on 05/25/2010 4:11:55 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Doing good. Glad to see your project turned out ok.


16 posted on 05/25/2010 4:15:01 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: Nervous Tick

“Pacific island-hopping.”

My Uncle was there, and feels the same way.


17 posted on 05/25/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

What a great story!

Van Kirk had it exactly right when he said: “I’ve never found a way to fight a war without killing people. If you ever find that out let me know.”

He’s right. In Afghanistan right now our strategy is based on the opposite, implausible premise: Fight and WIN a war without killing people. That’s not possible. Civilians will die.

Van Kirk’s story makes me wish I could have been around people like General Curtis LeMay. Instead of LeMay we get Stanley McChrystal and Obama, who are more concerned with protecting Afghans than with winning the war.

theconservativebeacon.net


18 posted on 05/25/2010 4:16:38 PM PDT by jprice28
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To: Nervous Tick

The bombs possibly saved all the POWs in the Far East. It is said that Japan knew that it was losing the war and that they planned to make their last stand in Japan. They were willing to pull their troops back from the countries they occupied, but before doing so they were planning to execute all their POWs first.


19 posted on 05/25/2010 4:18:30 PM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
The UK still brings along real journalists into the business.

About the time of Watergate it seems the journalism schools in the US filled up with kids who wanted to change the world (which of course means nailing Republicans and doing Democrat propaganda). They are poorly educated, incurious people who in many cases never learned their craft. Most don't know how to tell a story so as to hold the reader's attention. Sometimes I read a story and actually can't figure out what happened, as if the writer never learned the five "W's."

20 posted on 05/25/2010 4:21:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: All

I have been corresponding for some time with a young Canadian who gets all his news from the MSM. He is ecstatic that Obama wants to unilaterally disarm the US of nuclear weapons. I owe him a reply to this drivel, but I’ve put it off because it’s so daunting.

Put another way, where do you even start with such a person? He has visited Japan, and thinks the dropping of the two bombs is one of the greatest historical wrongs ever done to any people on earth. I don’t want to write a book-length email back to him, and I’m not sure that would do any good. Brevity is the soul of wit, and a short reply is likely to make a stronger impact on him than a very lengthy one.

There are some ideas already on this thread I can use. If anybody has anything to add, I’ll be profoundly appreciative. I’m going to be in and out, so I may not be able to thank Freepers as quickly as I’d like. So thank you in advance!


21 posted on 05/25/2010 4:23:42 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: KoRn
We were preparing to invade main land Japan with a force numbering in the millions.

and what weapons were going to be used to clear the beaches for as far as the eye could see? Both atomic bombs. Thats not a theory either: thats a fact.

The Southern most section of Japan were the Allied ( but not Russian ) landing was to take place was filled with defenders, suicide aircraft, etc. We were going to blast the beaches and then make the landings.

Those weapons were going to be used on Japan on way or the other in order for that war to end.

22 posted on 05/25/2010 4:24:34 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Repeal The 17th

Unfortunately, the MSM ilk is indoctrinated to serve a certain purpose where they’re not interested in educating and informing the masses on any other subjects than creating the perfect atmosphere for Libs to run amok.


23 posted on 05/25/2010 4:24:39 PM PDT by MollyKuehl (Contribute to FR: $10 $20 $50 $100 REMEMBER, LURKING IS A FORM OF ENTITLEMENT!!!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
My son and I were at the Air and Space Museum out at Dulles. I could not stop looking at two aircraft, the SR-71 and the Enola Gay. They define this nation, or used to!
24 posted on 05/25/2010 4:30:05 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: SirLurkedalot
IMHO we should have used them on the Soviets at the end of WW2.

Why do you think Patton died in a "traffic accident" shortly after the end of the war?

25 posted on 05/25/2010 4:31:08 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: colorado tanker

That was when Americans were American.....


26 posted on 05/25/2010 4:31:58 PM PDT by Amberdawn (As you go through life brother, whatever your goal, keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Same here.

Great tagline btw


27 posted on 05/25/2010 4:32:49 PM PDT by SirLurkedalot ( Restore our Constitution in 2010/2012!!!)
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To: MollyKuehl; DemforBush
Bock's Car is at the USAF Museum in Dayton. I always look in awe at it when I visit.
28 posted on 05/25/2010 4:33:30 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Repeal The 17th

My dad was the Intelligence Officer for the 509th Composite Bomb Group and knew Tibbets and crew of the Enola Gay quite well and also the crew of Bocks Car. He was with them in Nevada when they practiced bomb runs on a target in the desert. He passed in 1986.


29 posted on 05/25/2010 4:33:46 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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Of course he would. Ultimately, the outcome was a favorable one.

But the fact that it was even necessary is sad. Those crazy Japanese tyrants put their people in that position.

My mother-in-law was a nine year old living not far from Hiroshima. She remembers the devastation.

WW2 is one of lowest points in human history.


30 posted on 05/25/2010 4:36:41 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Repeal The 17th
My son and I were at the Air and Space Museum out at Dulles. I could not stop looking at two aircraft, the SR-71 and the Enola Gay. They define this nation, or used to!
31 posted on 05/25/2010 4:37:58 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: buccaneer81

Take pictures (if allowed) next time you visit the museum and share them with us. The sacrifice done by our Manhattan Project scientists and our military people should never be forgotten.


32 posted on 05/25/2010 4:38:53 PM PDT by MollyKuehl (Contribute to FR: $10 $20 $50 $100 REMEMBER, LURKING IS A FORM OF ENTITLEMENT!!!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Because the UK dailies are actually trying to sell papers, not advance and agenda (and suck up so that they can receive a Federal bailout, as are the US rags).


33 posted on 05/25/2010 4:39:31 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

“WW2 is one of lowest points in human history.”

One of them. I agree.


34 posted on 05/25/2010 4:39:46 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Fantasywriter
Remind this idiot that it took TWO atomic bombs for the Japanese to surrender. One would have thought all the Japanese would need to experience was one such attack and surrender would have taken place hours later.

The Atomic bomb was the ultimate weapon ever developed by mankind at that point in time - something only imagined by all the other warring countries - and it took the use of such a weapon twice to get the Japanese to finnally give up? And yet your pal thinks Japan would have surrendered with an Allied invasion.

The American, Brits and everyone other than the Soviets invade from the South, the Russians invading from the North. Does anyone really think anything at all would have remained in Japan? The entire place would have been flattened and most of the country would have been wiped out.

What does your friend think the Allied reaction would have been when the Japanese military started deploying chemical and biological weapons? I’ll bet he hasn’t a clue about that Japanese program. It was the most advanced in the world putting even the German’s to shame. They’d even figured out how to parachute bombs ladden with infected fleas without killing the fleas!

Ask your pal about the Japanese jet fighter program and long range bombers and what affect would they have if they just had more time to finish development?

Remind your friend that discussing or expressing an opinion on a subject one knows nothing about is never a good idea.

35 posted on 05/25/2010 4:41:41 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Fantasywriter

I think there’s some good stuff on this thread...

The Hiroshima Rorschach Test

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2309523/posts


36 posted on 05/25/2010 4:46:48 PM PDT by deks (So will Obama sign a bill that requires native Hawaiians to show a birth certificate?)
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To: buccaneer81

No kidding; IIRC a sniper took out his driver.

I often wonder just how far back the infiltration goes..


37 posted on 05/25/2010 4:46:55 PM PDT by SirLurkedalot (Remove the Fifth Column in 2010/2012!!!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Let's not forget the actual plane that ended the war, after dropping the 2nd atom bomb on Nagasaki, Bockscar:

I had the happy fortune to interview Gen. Sweeney while doing a journalism internship in DC back in '95.

The Japanese high command, and the Emperor were totally unwilling to surrender after Hiroshima...and ONLY after Nagasaki was hit did they agree to US terms. The strategy was to fool the Japanese into thinking we could do this to every one of their cities...when in actuality, we couldn't have made any more bombs for many months.

Sweeney had a similar attitude as described here, totally convinced he (and we) did the right thing. He looked and acted like Santa Claus without the beard, as I recall.


38 posted on 05/25/2010 4:47:54 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Nervous Tick

My father was part of the US forces staging to invade Japan. Might be no him — might be no me — if Truman hadn’t used the bomb to end the war.


39 posted on 05/25/2010 4:50:16 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: MollyKuehl
Take pictures (if allowed) next time you visit the museum and share them with us.

I will. Photography is encouraged. I'll be there again in July when the Dayton Air Show is on.

40 posted on 05/25/2010 4:53:58 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: colorado tanker

The enola Gay, named by Tibbets after his mother, took off on August 6 at 2.45am. Van Kirk was navigator:
“We did things the old-fashioned way, celestial navigation, telling your position by the stars. We had a dome up top of the plane to sit up in and shoot the stars with a bubble sextant.” despite basic techniques Van Kirk navigated the enola Gay to its target 1,800 miles away 15 seconds later than scheduled. “Fifteen seconds was damn good, that’s all I can say.”


41 posted on 05/25/2010 4:57:04 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Repeal The 17th

A couple of lines stick in my mind, but not the books titles dammit.

One was when a U.S. diplomat was talking to his counterpart right after the war. The Jap said they had to surrender before America dropped a third bomb. The U.S. guy said that at the time we had no more. The Jap said “If we’d have known you had only two . . .” and then shut up but the import was clear.

The other was this statement (from a creaky memory) where a Jap General was giving a pep talk to his troops, “Yes, things look bad now but if we resolve to fight on, we will still win.” This was AFTER the second bomb was dropped.

One of my favorite ploys when I run into one of these “we were wrong to drop the bomb” types is to ask them, “Do you honest-to-God believe that Japan would not have used it on us to prevent an invasion?” Deer in the headlights time.


42 posted on 05/25/2010 4:58:51 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: SirLurkedalot
I often wonder just how far back the infiltration goes..

Easily back to the end of WWI, probably back to 1900 or before as the European "intellectuals" started arriving on our shores. History will most likely show that the damage they wreaked was far worse than what we have seen (so far) from Mexican illegals.

43 posted on 05/25/2010 4:59:03 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: AnalogReigns

But on a personal level, how has Van Kirk coped over the years with the knowledge of the destruction the
bomb yielded? “You do that thinking beforehand. You knew that when you were bombing over occupied France, over Africa you always knew that when you were dropping bombs out of aeroplanes a lot of people on the ground would be very seriously hurt.” And civilians? Most of the Hiroshima victims were civilians.

“The idea at the time was to destroy a nation’s will to fi ght and you weren’t dropping bombs in a pickle barrel, for chrissakes. You always recognised there were people on the ground: workers in a factory or civilians who could be killed by the bombs.”

How difficult was that for him to deal with? “If you could not deal with that you were worth- less as an aviator. You had to separate that in your mind or else you were no good. You couldn’t have done the job.”

He pauses then adds: “I’ve never found a way to fight a war without killing people. If you ever find that out let me know.”


44 posted on 05/25/2010 5:00:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
“Fifteen seconds was damn good, that’s all I can say.”

Roger that!

45 posted on 05/25/2010 5:01:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Oatka

Forgot to add that when people who suffered under Jap occupation were asked if we should have bomber Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more often than not the reply was “Why did you drop only two?”


46 posted on 05/25/2010 5:01:59 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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One was when a U.S. diplomat was talking to his counterpart right after the war. The Jap said they had to surrender before America dropped a third bomb. The U.S. guy said that at the time we had no more. The Jap said “If we’d have known you had only two . . .” and then shut up but the import was clear.

We had more in the pipeline. The U.S. expected to have another atomic bomb ready for use in the third week of August, with three more in September and a further three in October. On August 10, Major General Leslie Groves, military director of the Manhattan Project, sent a memorandum to General of the Army George Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, in which he wrote that "the next bomb . . should be ready for delivery on the first suitable weather after 17 or August 18." On the same day, Marshall endorsed the memo with the comment, "It is not to be released over Japan without express authority from the President." There was already discussion in the War Department about conserving the bombs in production until Operation Downfall, the projected invasion of Japan, had begun.

"The problem now [August 13] is whether or not, assuming the Japanese do not capitulate, to continue dropping them every time one is made and shipped out there or whether to hold them . . . and then pour them all on in a reasonably short time. Not all in one day, but over a short period. And that also takes into consideration the target that we are after. In other words, should we not concentrate on targets that will be of the greatest assistance to an invasion rather than industry, morale, psychology, and the like? Nearer the tactical use rather than other use.

47 posted on 05/25/2010 5:04:53 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Nervous Tick
The crew of the Enola Gay very well might have saved his life — and countless hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of other lives — Japanese as well as Americans.

My father was on Luzon retraining and refitting for the next invasion when the bombs dropped. The estimate of US casualties for the invasion of Hokkaido alone was one million. The Japanese people were being trained to attack troops with bamboo pikes and satchel charges. The Japanese government wes prepared to deploy war gases. There was a plan to release plague in southern California. The number of lives saved by dropping the atom bombs was IMHO well in excess of 10,000,000.

God bless Mr. Van Kirk. And thanks for the post.

Roger that!

48 posted on 05/25/2010 5:07:23 PM PDT by magslinger ("If I have money, I buy fishing gear. If I have money left over, I buy beer." - Hank Thoreau)
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To: Oatka
The other was this statement (from a creaky memory) where a Jap General was giving a pep talk to his troops, “Yes, things look bad now but if we resolve to fight on, we will still win.” This was AFTER the second bomb was dropped.

The Japanese cabinet was divided on surrendering to America even after we dropped the two atomic bombs and the Soviets declared war on them. The Emperor had to break the deadlock and make the decision to surrender to the U.S. Just shows the mentality of the Japanese leadership at the time.

Yeah, if we hadn't dropped the bombs the invasion of Japan would have been a bloodbath for everyone.
49 posted on 05/25/2010 5:10:04 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: Nervous Tick; MollyKuehl; real saxophonist; jesseam; Retired Greyhound

My dad was...
I met a man who...
My Uncle was...
My mother-in-law was...
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Well, my dad (RIP) was turned down for military service
due to his bad eyesight, but he did what he could.
He served in the merchant marines for 3 years (1943 - 1945)
in both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
They mostly ferried supplies but also occasionally troops
to the staging areas for upcoming battles.
The biggest fear on the Liberty Ships were submarines
for which they were sitting ducks.
It was just the luck of the draw as to whether you met up with one or not.
He never felt worthy of any honor for what he did.
Any war is a terrible thing, and WWII had many horrid chapters.
To end the war, the bombs were used,
and I believe it was the right thing to do.
The alternatives were even more horrid.


50 posted on 05/25/2010 5:11:04 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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