Skip to comments.Hiroshima 6 August 1945
Posted on 08/06/2011 4:13:19 PM PDT by Shalmaneser
After Biak the enemy withdrew to deep caverns.
Rooting them out became a bloody business which reached its
ultimate horrors in the last months of the war.
You think of the lives which would have been lost in an invasion of Japans home islands
a staggering number of Americans but millions more of Japanese..."
(Excerpt) Read more at brucelewis.com ...
My dad was on Okinawa waiting to deploy for the invasion. He was on an LSM (Landing Ship Medium). Their job was to ferry troops to the beach. Life expectancy? Very brief. Except for Truman’s decision, like you I might not be around today.
Can you please give us your source for this? Thanks.
Should be AFGANASTAN 2011!
If you are going to make scattershot representations on behalf of the dead, it behooves you to cite a little more evidence than a list of names. Even isolated statements taken out of context are better than merely assigning an opinion you favor to a respected historical figure.
Hiroshima today - contrast this with most American cities.
My dad was in the Navy on the USS Saratoga. He told me they were preparing them to invade Japan and that a high percentage would not be coming home. Then the bomb dropped, Japan surrendered and the USS Saratoga became troop transport.
War is hell. If we go to war, we go in to win at all costs and as quickly as possible.
“You think of the lives which would have been lost in an invasion of Japans home islands a staggering number of Americans but millions more of Japanese...”
That about sums it up.The one thing worse than dropping the bomb would have been not dropping it.”
My dad was also on Okinawa with the 319th BG already flying missions over Japan and this was following a full tour in the ETO. The loss and extreme suffering experienced by Soldiers and Marines against the fanatical Japanese convinced them all that invading Japan would have been a nightmare of death. When I was an enlisted Marine I had the chance to talk with some of the Marines who fought their way across Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and on other islands and they all were convinced that the bombs ended the war and saved a large part of their generation.
Fewer were killed with the two bombs than in the Rape of Nanking or in the firebombings of Japanese cities. Which is worse, the low-ball estimated loss of a million+ on both sides or the few hundred thousand lost in the bombings?
They were warned by the planner of the Pearl Harbor attack that it was a mistake to attack the U.S. but they didn’t listen and they suffered the consequences.
Definitely not a fan of the ADL, but if I quoted a sleazy or bogus site, please don’t hold it against me. Thanks for the heads up!
Fresh Wind (#29), in the link that Forgotten Amendments (#26) provided, this first sentence contains utter and absolute LIES. First, the United States dropped leaflets on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki days before the A-bombs, warning the residents of bombs that would destroy their cities. Second, the precedent of Curtis LeMay's firebombing raids on many Japanese cities was proof that the U.S. could and would destroy a city. As a result, this site is simply untrustworthy without spending a lot more time wading through to separate any facts from lies, sophistry, and half-truths.
I also would also be cautious about trusting any sites provide by the person who talks about "Truman revisionism."
They might have had a different opinion if they knew THEY were going to be in the first landing craft to hit Japan’s shores.
My dad served with Patton in Europe. He almost got Patton’s war with the Russians started.
He was sent back to the US to train for the invasion of Japan.
When Germany became toast, Japan was immediately charcoal.
My grandfather was there. On the Hancock. It’s been great going through his war journal during the last days of the war.