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The last Enola Gay member “Dutch” Van Kirk remembers August 6, 1945

An American B-29 Bomber named the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on this day in 1945.  “Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.” Below is a video of the last Enola Gay member “Dutch’ Van Kirk recalling the events of the mission and that day.  Take a few moments to check it out.

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The world changed in an instant on that day.  Some people today question the wisdom of America dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  I’m not one of them.  Dropping the bombs on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki did bring an end to World War II and not only saved an untold number of American lives but also the lives of a great number of Japanese who were prepared to fight to the bitter end defending their nation.  They displayed no willingness or desire to surrender until these two bombs were dropped on their cities.  Funny how you never hear about the Japanese lives that were saved by the destruction of these two cities.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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