August 6, 1945
The Bombing of Hiroshima
by: Bobby McDonald
It was 67 years ago, today, August 6, 1945, that Allied Forces, led by the new U.S. nuclear warfare technology, bombed Hiroshima, Japan, in an act that would eventually put an end to World War II.
"I'll never forget that day!" expressed one Hopkins County resident. "I was just a boy on the farm, in rural Hopkins County, faced with soon enlisting in the armed forces, and it certainly had a remarkable effect on my future!"
We went to the news reports that this young man likely heard, on that fateful day, as we studied the report from National News Correspondent, Howell Thomas. His description of the day was as follows:
"The news about the atomic bomb overshadows everything else today! The story of the dropping of the first bomb on Japan. The way Japan has described last night's raid on Hiroshima indicates that this one bomb was so destructive that the Japs thought they had been blasted by squadrons of B-29s, all loaded with bombs."
"The American-British-Chinese Forces had warned Japan deliberately in advance of the atomic bomb. The Japs were warned in time to surrender, but they did not yield, and then, according to schedule, elemental devastation hit their homeland!"