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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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2012-07-30 04:36:54

Let us pray for our future generations.

2012-07-29 16:42:49

forgot hiroshima
2012-07-29 16:39:45

They should have thought about how hot it could get before they bombed pearl harbor. In Rick-Os little book of demented thoughts, they deserved what they got. To bad Harry S Truman wasn't president in 2001, id like to see Iraq and Afghanistan look all chared and burned.
2012-07-29 14:11:05

Think about like this. Hiroshima was
bombed but the war still continued and
more lives were lost. Then Nagasaki was
bombed. This killed tens of thousands of
people. On the other hand the bomb
stopped the Japanese from heading
towards Australia and killing millions
of people.
2012-07-27 01:27:59

life is a gift from God most high to the human race.every person has a right to live and no one has a right on anybody else's life. nothing can justify the mass killings at hiroshima n nagasaki
2012-07-24 12:48:04

Call me an oddball, but I really don't like to see anyone harmed. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone tried to get along with each other as hard as they are presently trying to kill one another?
2012-07-23 07:26:23

I wish people realize sooner that there
exists GOD in every living thing..!!!
2012-07-21 20:41:52

Horrible ce qui s'est passé...
2012-07-21 03:28:35

Jimmy Yeung
An eye for an eye? The point is which eye
for which eye? Innocent civilians bore
the cost of the military fanatics. This
also serves as cogent evidence that these
is no omni-benevolent god.
2012-07-20 02:39:13

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