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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-11 10:07 PM
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82. I'm 60 years old. I'm not in the least ashamed to admit that I probably would not be here ...
had not the bomb been dropped.
In 1944 my Dad was flying Hellcats off of an escort carrier, near Okinawa. They had already received a kamikaze attack and been torpedoed. His carrier limped back to Australia, while his squadron was transferred to another ship. He completed his tour, rotated back to the States, and was preparing to head back to the Pacific, when Japan finally surrendered. My odds of being around to type this would have been precipitously lower had not the bomb been employed. Otherwise, an invasion of the Japanese home islands would have been necessary. (And I seriously doubt that the Japanese would have diminished the ferocity of their suicide attacks knowing that their homeland was about to be overpowered.)
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