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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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If The japanese had not bombed Pearl Harbor we would not have been involved in WW II right away! Some other country would have done that, but Japans War Machine made the fatal mistake and attacked Our Navy at Pearl Harbor with no warning! Too many people had already died in the war on both sides and the killing needed to stop, but Hirohito would not quit! The result, 2 cities in Japan totally destroyed!
2012-12-25 21:39:32

america was a dick.
2012-12-24 16:19:41

no more
2012-12-21 10:38:05

2012-12-20 21:12:37

The Japanese gave us no other choice. They would not quit and were already invading our country (Alaska). If the Japanese would've had the bombs they would've dropped them on us. Every nation learned from this. This is no way for a war to be fought but in defense of the United States our hand was forced and it was not known to US citizens how bad it really would be. It is common knowledge the big bomb was much stronger than expected.
2012-12-19 07:35:40

I just thought that they attacked Pearl Harbor and just dropped little bombs on us, so America just decides to nuke them
2012-12-17 23:22:08

the bomb did save millions of americas, but killed many innocent Japanese people as well
2012-12-17 23:19:32

dude thats not funny
2012-12-17 23:17:52

blonde hair blue eyes
they look ghoulish anyway a jap with its face melted off is an improvement
2012-12-13 20:53:27

with out this bomb ! We Would Probably Have Japanese in our English or German
2012-12-12 06:51:06

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