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Friday, July 27, 2007

WarWWII → Victim of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman. On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, was having clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the Enola Gay's door sprang open and dropped "Little Boy." The bomb exploded 1,900 feet above the city and only missed the target, the Aioi Bridge, by approximately 800 feet. Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw: "The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..." The cloud is estimated to have reached a height of 40,000 feet.

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Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years. A survivor described the damage to people: "The appearance of people was... well, they all had skin blackened by burns... They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back... They held their arms bent [forward] like this... and their skin - not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too - hung down... If there had been only one or two such people... perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people... Many of them died along the road - I can still picture them in my mind -- like walking ghosts..."

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I feel sorry for the Japanese affected
by the bombs. But I feel more sorry for
the thousands who were raped, tortured
and killed by the Japanese army. I
thought all of us learned from this war.
But apparently not!
2013-11-22 06:20:39

2013-11-21 21:01:32

Steve B.
WOW,what can I say? That is a horrific sight,even thru the Tail Gunners eyes.I try to imagine it,but I just can't do it.I can imagine what Staff Sergeant Caron went thru after the war(I have P.T.S.D). What it does to you is terrible.
2013-11-08 20:51:26

hey pepe r u on facebuk?????
2013-11-02 07:15:03

shooo saooooooooooooooshjdhdddddddddddddddd
2013-11-02 07:13:26

itz reaLLy vrY saD......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2013-11-02 07:08:20

You have to understand why these two bombs
HAD to be dropped the empire of Japan had told
there people that american GIs where white devils
that we would rape and kill them if they got
captured and they believed it so wholeheartedly
that parents where sacrificing there children just
so they wouldn't be subjected to the white devils
torture or giving there children guns and telling
them to charge troops those bombs saved lives
you must see that there where whole community's
throwing them selves off cliffs just so they
wouldn't get tortured or raped they really believed
they would be
2013-10-29 14:22:37

a bomba destruiu a vida de muita gente
2013-10-28 14:01:23

i can not bleve it this guy is relly has good luck that he live still i feal bad for that guy
2013-10-17 04:00:40

Pepe....i hope you know why we dropped it right?
2013-10-15 01:27:49

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