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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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oliver kent
pearle harbor was the reasoning for those bombs! eye for an eye. And kitty gal -it was in the past and it needed to be done
2012-07-17 23:18:27

Why is it that many other countries live
peacefully on this earth, yet there never
seems to have been a time when the United
States wasn't at war or conflict?
2012-07-16 22:07:46

Japan came looking for trouble and trouble
is what they found. I a kill or be killed
situation, I chose the former and so did
2012-07-16 21:05:37

John poses a very good question to Kitty. What if it was one of your ancestors that were killed at Pearl Harbor? Your parent, that you never got to meet? Where would your forgiveness lie then?
2012-07-14 07:03:38

Kitty Gal do you think the pilots that bombed Pearl Harbor should be forgiven like it never happened ?
2012-07-09 15:33:18

hi hi hi hi hi hi hi
2012-07-05 16:59:40

why hiroshema
2012-07-04 15:21:38

i can forgive america for killing Nazi's
but sending a bomb into Japan thats
unforgiveable,this man should have fully
rights to know what happened that day!!!

i feel so sorry for the people that have
died or was within the blast range and
for that amn
2012-07-04 03:51:31

Poor bastards...let him know something about Unit 731...
2012-06-30 06:18:29

i feel so sorry 4 dat man
2012-06-28 22:38:09

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