Every time I think about it, I thank God President Truman made the decision that he made. I doubt that I'd be here if he had not.
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.
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.