Skip to comments.Harry Truman grandson to visit Hiroshima
Posted on 07/30/2012 5:10:13 PM PDT by moonshot925
Clifton Truman Daniel will visit Japan from August 2, and attend ceremonies in Hiroshima August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9, according to Kyodo News as reported in the Nihon Keizai Shinbun.
It is the first time a member of the late presidents family will attend the ceremonies, and will holds a deep symbolic meaning for the Japanese.
Public papers from his time in office reveal a man with no regrets about using the A-bomb, but his grandson told Kyodo News that the late-president was horrified by the destructive power of the Bomb.
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“Public papers from his time in office reveal a man with no regrets about using the A-bomb”
Every single World War II veteran that I have ever talked to felt the same way.
The atomic bombs saved lives. Lots of lots of Japanese lives, and also many American lives were saved because of the bombs. I think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as possibly the greatest humanitarian acts in the 20th century.
is he going to apologize?
Well put. Never forget they asked us to dance we simply obliged them
..hope he visits the USS Arizona too.......
Truman was also hirrified by the expected death toll of American soldiers when they invaded Japan.
Truman made the right decision.
“The atomic bombs saved lives. Lots of lots of Japanese lives, and also many American lives were saved because of the bombs. I think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as possibly the greatest humanitarian acts in the 20th century.”
No, no, no. ~Everyone~ knows that Japan was beaten and it was only a matter of time before they threw in the towel.
/idiotic revisionist history drivel.
He should read “Flags of our Fathers” and “Unbroken” among other great books before he embarrasses both us and himself.
Many Japanese at the time felt the same way - they knew it would take a shock like an atom bomb or two to move the ruling military, who were determined to drag the entire nation down to destruction with them.
What was the projected casualty numbers for Operation Olympic? Something like 2.5 MILLION GIs? Not to mention the Japanese fatalities, and the fanatic civilian home guard.
If the militarists in Japan had the bomb instead, do you think that years later they’d be beating themselves up over nuking the U.S.? I doubt it.
My dad was in Navy boot camp in San Diego when the atomic bombs were dropped. Later, he was assigned to a destroyer in the Pacific theater and involved in general post-war mopping-up efforts.
In the 1990s he and mom went to Japan and visited Hirohsima and Nagasaki. While there he asked one of the guides, I think it was in Hiroshima, where the Mitsubishi plant which built the torpedoes used at Pearl Harbor had been located. The guide was definitely taken aback by the request but did find the location. Dad said the facility had been obliterated in the blast.
Paybacks are a bitch.
I know my dad had no regrets about it. After coming out of the Battle of the Bulge alive, he would have ended up in Japan, and probably dead, if that bomb hadn’t ended the war. So if this guy apologizes, let’s see if he has the nerve to also apologize for the fact that millions of WWII troops LIVED.
The torpedoes were mfg in Nagasaki. I went to Hiroshima in the 80s and was surprised at how compact the place was.
Lizzie Warren is Japanese......when it’s to her benefit.
American, I meant to say.
The Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945 promised "prompt and utter destruction" if Japan refused to surrender.
The Japanese refused and we bombed Hiroshima eleven days later. We waited an additional three days before bombing Nagasaki.
Conservative estimates for an invasion of Japan were that at least half a million Allied deaths and five to ten million Japanese deaths. The bombs saved MILLIONS of lives on both sides.
I read an interesting series of facts about ally activity in Japan just prior to the dropping of the two Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the months prior to the use of the atom bombs, the U. S. had fire-bombed between 50 and 100 cities, and had destroyed at least half of each city from the air.
Despite this, the Japanese command refused to surrender. They were determined to fight it out to the last man woman and child.
Yes, the U. S. did destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And many Japanese are alive today because of it. Many Americans are too.
I’m not happy we had to use the bomb. We did. It’s done with. I’m not second guessing it now.
Other limp wristed ankle biters can go ‘me oh my, woe is me’ all they like. And I’ll just ignore them.
500,000 Purple Hearts were manufactured in anticipation of the invasion of Japan. These Purple Hearts were used in Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War I, Afghanistan, Iraq and countless other conflicts -- we still have over 100,000 left.
Thanks for the correction; Nagasaki it is.