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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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Ryan
It's really easy to condemn the bombings so many decades later and so many generations removed from what actually happened back then.

Japan was given ample opportunity to surrender; they declined. The Japanese could have prevented their own extermination by simply surrendering, they did not, and the rest is history.
2013-04-13 00:32:18

sarah
im pretty fucking pissed at the
ignorance of so called "better" people
who do NOT live in america. i am
american. i do NOT condone this, so
please STOP thinking that the american
people have to do with what goes on.
dont you all know? america is on verge
of dictatorship? a handful of fucks fuck
it up for us all, and its NOT JUST IN
AMERICA.
2013-04-12 18:19:15

Karen
:) after kill 200.000 people the heros go there to help hehehehehehehe how nice americans are
2013-04-12 03:01:16

Jesssss
Sick. And ironically, as soon as the war finished the Americans sent in all their little scientisits to 'help' the survivors and observe the effects of radiation on humans. So basically, did they see that as an opportunity to make a case study? It's disgusting. I'm not American, but if I was I'd be ashamed to be after researching what happened to so many innocent people.
2013-04-10 16:12:31

Lauren
Really sad what happened, but the attack on Pearl Harbour was equally disgusting. From a completely unbiased perspective, both countries were totally in the wrong and a lot of innocent people were killed and others had to witness people dying around them. It's sickening really.
2013-04-09 21:52:45

Chris Lage
I poop too much.
2013-04-09 14:16:23

jimmy
Sorry for the typos. I hope you take the time to read.
SGT Barfield
2013-03-15 08:47:23

Jimmy
when I look back at this I am ashamed, not at the U.S
alone.. but as this being a part of man kind. The truth
is, any other country that would of had the bomb at
this time would had did the same. The U.S just
happened to be the first to show the would how
gruesomely evil and the true glory of war is ... So
what is it... Evil Devil Dogs? Evil Japs? Evil Nazis? Evil
Rag Heads? The fact remains as long as there is man
there will be war. We will always have different views
of life, and we will always have the right to defend
them of choose to. World Peace is only something
only God Him self can give us. I am very sorry and sad
and my heart cries for the innocent that lost their
lives and suffered across the glob in that war and all
wars. War is sad, glory fades as our heroes are
forgotten in time, but this is the way of mankind. I
Will Never Surender. OOHRAH USMC God Bless
America.
2013-03-15 08:41:12

daniela
when did this happen
2013-03-13 17:53:55

Not Cool Man!!
People are stupid for doing this! LOL :-} I am 75 years old
2013-03-08 16:25:29

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