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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My dad was in basic training when the bomb was dropped. I never knew that until his funeral, when my brother introduced me to a man who was in basic training with him. He told me that they were training to invade Japan. Instead, they both went to post-war Germany.

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.

15 posted on 08/06/2011 4:36:08 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: susannah59

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.


21 posted on 08/06/2011 4:43:39 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: susannah59

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.


27 posted on 08/06/2011 5:03:49 PM PDT by liege (Proud Hobbit with no intention of going back to Middle Earth.)
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