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  • Paul Warfield Tibbets, III, obituary

    10/23/2016 6:10:05 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies
    Monroe News-Star, Monroe, LA | 10-23-16
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thenewsstar/obituary.aspx?n=paul-warfield-tibbets&pid=182059677&fhid=20705 Death of the son of the Enola Gay pilot in Monroe, LA
  • Why dropping the bomb 70 years ago was necessary, and why we need to be ready to do it again

    08/09/2015 10:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | George Jonas
    On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time, a lone American B-29 was conducting what seemed to be a reconnaissance flight at high altitude over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At about 16 minutes after 8:00, the aircraft released an object over the centre of town. Attached to parachutes, the object floated down slowly enough to give the four-engine Boeing Superfortress time to turn and lumber out of the airspace. The atom bomb exploded at about 1,900 feet above the centre of Hiroshima. The devastation was cataclysmic. Immediate casualties, dead and injured, numbered approximately 115,000....
  • Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: A Just End To World War II

    08/06/2015 11:03:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 72 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jarett Siteman
    Seventy years ago, the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbets, Jr., dropped an atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The blast and ensuing radiation killed an estimated 150,000 people. Though the devastation from the bombing was astounding, it did not bring American’s war with Japan or World War II to an immediate end. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb, Fat Man, on Nagasaki, and the Empire of Japan’s leaders finally capitulated.
  • The Story of Nagasaki

    08/09/2014 1:11:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    Atomic Archive ^ | Unknown | Atomic Archive Staff
    By May of 1945 an exhausted and overrun Germany had surrendered. The war in Europe was over. The United States, aided by Great Britain, moved closer and closer to Japan. Massive suicide attacks by the Japanese caused great losses to the Pacific Fleet, but did not deter its drive. Japan, thinking the Soviet Union was a friendly neutral in the war in the Pacific, submitted unofficial peace feelers to the United States through them. The Soviet Union, secretly wanting to join the war against Japan, suppressed the feelers. Ironically, the Japanese military made it impossible to pursue peace directly, as...
  • No apology: Japan deserved Enola Gay's visit

    08/06/2014 8:52:08 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 40 replies
    The Hook ^ | December 11, 2003 | Neil Steinberg
    There's a museum in Tokyo dedicated to Japan's ample history of warfare. But if you visit the plainly named Military Museum, you'll find no reference to the grotesque medical experiments the Japanese army conducted in World War II or the sex slaves it kidnapped.
  • The Atomic Bomb: It Was Always Right

    08/02/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 251 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Larry Provost
    This week Major Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving Veteran of the Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, joined the rest of his comrades. His passing is a reminder of why using the atomic bomb was the right thing. In August 1945 the Allied Powers, led by the United States, were at war with Imperial Japan in the latter days of World War II. Japan would not give up. For every ten thousand Japanese soldiers that were killed by the Allies only a minuscule amount gave up; usually in the single digits. We were at...
  • Last surviving Enola Gay crewman dies in Stone Mountain

    07/29/2014 3:47:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/29/2014 | Mike Morris and Steve Visser
    The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died overnight at his Stone Mountain home. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, was the navigator on the Aug. 6, 1945 flight that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb. With the 2010 death of Morris Jeppson, Van Kirk became the only one of the dozen crew members left. For a number of years, he lived at a retirement community in Stone Mountain where by chance he found himself sharing the place with James Starnes, an Atlantan who had a front-row seat at history. Starnes...
  • Paul Tibbets Interview [Studs Terkel interviews Enola Gay pilot]

    12/21/2010 5:52:03 PM PST · by Kimmers · 11 replies
    AV Web ^ | 11/01/2007 | editor
    Studs Terkel: We're seated here, two old gaffers. Me and Paul Tibbets, 89 years old, brigadier-general retired, in his home town of Columbus, Ohio, where he has lived for many years. Paul Tibbets: Hey, you've got to correct that. I'm only 87. You said 89. Studs Terkel: I know. See, I'm 90. So I got you beat by three years. Studs Terkel: Now we've had a nice lunch, you and I and your companion. I noticed as we sat in that restaurant, people passed by. They didn't know who you were. But once upon a time, you flew a plane...
  • President Truman

    08/10/2010 9:48:43 PM PDT · by slapshot · 18 replies
    Pres Truman Thank you for the hard decisions that allowed my grandpa to live
  • YES, I'D DROP THE BOMB AGAIN

    05/25/2010 3:52:48 PM PDT · by Repeal The 17th · 91 replies · 1,644+ views
    Express U.K. ^ | Tuesday May 25,2010 | Ed Pilkington
    Theodore Van Kirk is sitting at his desk in a detached bungalow in the gated community outside Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives. The room is cluttered with boxes, trinkets, shelves full of books on wartime history and photographs of planes on the walls...
  • OBITUARY: Morris R. Jeppson, 87, an Enola Gay weaponeer who armed atomic bomb

    04/07/2010 4:56:35 PM PDT · by traumer · 25 replies · 898+ views
    Morris R. Jeppson, 87, one of two weaponeers who armed the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, prompting the surrender of Japanese troops and the end of World War II, died March 30 at a hospital in Las Vegas. His family could not provide a specific cause of death but said he had been hospitalized for back pain and a severe headache. Known as "Dick," Mr. Jeppson was a 23-year-old Army Air Forces second lieutenant when he boarded the Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, for what would be his first and only combat mission. It was the...
  • ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTERS HOLD HIROSHIMA DAY EVENT

    08/02/2008 9:19:16 PM PDT · by SHATNERFAN1706 · 53 replies · 229+ views
    SHATNERFAN1706
    Hiroshima Day remembrance. In California, Moonbats will be ragging on America again for defeating Japanese fascism. Corner of Seal Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. Sunday, August 3, 2008. Counters are needed. From 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • Paul Tibbets and “The Family of Man”

    11/01/2007 11:58:06 AM PDT · by pabianice · 54 replies · 126+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 11/1/07 | ltn72
    When I was a child, my mother had one of the early coffee table books on display in the living room. “The Family of Man” (http://www.amazon.com/Family-Man-Greatest-Photographic-Exhibition/dp/B000J1AMR6/ref=sr_1_1/103-5108515-2439061?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193940207&sr=1-1) was, to a kid in grade school in the mid-50s, a fascinating book. There was little TV in those days, few magazines for kids, and of course, no video games, computers, or cell phones. This book’s 500 or so black and white pictures, taken from many magazines, showed a vast array of people from many nations engaged in a wide variety of activities. I spent hours and hours staring at the pictures, fascinated. I...
  • Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew plane that dropped first atomic bomb, dies at 92

    11/01/2007 8:43:44 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 155 replies · 1,035+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:29 AM
    Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb — on Hiroshima, Japan — died this morning at his East Side home. He was 92. Tibbets had suffered small strokes and heart failure in his final years and had been in hospice care. He was born in Quincy, Ill., but grew up in Miami after his father moved the family there. See link for complete story. Tibbets fell in love with flight and, at age 12, volunteered as a backseat assistant to a biplane pilot, dropping leaflets for the Curtiss Candy Co. at fairs, carnivals and...
  • The Moral Lesson of Hiroshima

    07/28/2006 8:20:58 AM PDT · by mjp · 147 replies · 2,920+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | April 29, 2006 | John Lewis
    On August 6, 1945 the American Air Force incinerated Hiroshima, Japan with an atomic bomb. On August 9 Nagasaki was obliterated. The fireballs killed some 175,000 people. They followed months of horror, when American airplanes firebombed civilians and reduced cities to rubble. Facing extermination, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. The invasion of Japan was cancelled, and countless American lives were saved. The Japanese accepted military occupation, embraced a constitutional government, and renounced war permanently. The effects were so beneficent, so wide-ranging and so long-term, that the bombings must be ranked among the most moral acts ever committed. The bombings have been...
  • ENOLA GAY CREW - - "NO REGRETS"

    08/06/2005 9:33:51 PM PDT · by jordan8 · 44 replies · 1,532+ views
    www.enolagay.org ^ | 8-6-05 | ?
    ENOLA GAY CREW - - "NO REGRETS" Columbus, Ohio (August 6, 2005) - On this occasion, the surviving members of the Enola Gay crew would like the opportunity to issue a joint statement. This year, 2005, marks the sixtieth year since the end of World War II. The summer of 1945 was indeed an anxious one as allied and American forces gathered for the inevitable invasion of the Japanese homeland. President Truman made one last demand, one final appeal. Together with Great Britain's Churchill, and Russia's Stalin, the President of the United States urged the Japanese to " … proclaim...
  • Hiroshima, in the words of Enola Gay's bombardier - No regrets for Col. Tom Ferebee, hometown hero

    08/06/2005 6:25:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 3,014+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/5/05 | JAMES L. MARTIN
    Sixty years ago today, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first target of an atomic bomb, with Nagasaki the second target three days later. Thus, a war that lasted four years was ended in four days. To those who decry the devastation caused by President Truman's decision to develop and detonate this awesome weapon, I remind them of the lives saved, not lost. I'm very proud of the fact that my uncle was not only a member of the Enola Gay that dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, the first atomic bomb in history, but he was actually the bombardier. The bottom line,...
  • Dropping the bomb that ended the war

    08/06/2005 1:58:16 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 13 replies · 916+ views
    NBC News ^ | Aug. 5, 2005 | Brian Williams
    They insist they were ordinary men serving their country. But when the crew members of the Enola Gay arrived on the flight line on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, they knew instantly it wasn’t an ordinary mission... Van Kirk: No one was officially telling anybody else anything about it. And if you figured it out for yourself, you better well keep it quiet... ... When the bomb left the airplane, you’ve got the surge of course of releasing 9,400 pounds right away. Tibbets went into the turn 150 degrees to the right, pushed the nose down, lost about 2,000...
  • Still no regrets for frail Enola Gay pilot (Col. Paul Tibbets)

    08/06/2005 4:18:39 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 79 replies · 17,335+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 6, 2005 | Mike Harden
    The mind of the pilot whose B-29 dropped the first atomic bomb often seems more prisoner than resident of his bantamweight body wracked by injury, ailments and 90 years of living. In the months before today’s 60 th anniversary of his mission to Hiroshima, Paul Tibbets was hobbled by a pair of spills that fractured two vertebrae. For a while, his appetite disappeared, his weight dropped alarmingly, and he railed against the fates torturing him in his waning years. "I’ve never been incapacitated a damned day of my life," he groused two months ago, daily downing enough OxyContin to make...
  • Sixty years on, Americans support Hiroshima bombing

    08/05/2005 4:04:08 PM PDT · by Michael Goldsberry · 28 replies · 1,714+ views
    CHANTILLY, Va. and a loaded weight of 140,000 pounds (63,500 kilograms) dominates a hangar filled with historic military and civil aircraft, ranging from a Japanese kamikaze plane to the first passenger jet to the supersonic Concorde. Air Force veteran Greg Culpepper, 55, a tourist from North Carolina, said he had no doubt that President Harry Truman did the right thing 60 years ago. "If it hadn't been for Truman dropping that bomb, just think of how many Americans would have been killed if we had had to invade," he said. "We're a peace-loving people and we don't want war, but...