On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped the first nuclear-powered ordnance upon the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second nuclear bomb was detonated over the city of Nagasaki. Tomorrow, August 9th, 2019, will mark the 74th year from this history-altering event.
While these two bombings may have ended World War II, the debate still rages today over their necessity. But what did the United States military and political leaders of the era think about this question?
In an overlooked memoir by President Harry S. Truman himself, we find some of these thoughts from a firsthand perspective. The following link to archive.org, a book digitization project with over ten million documents, will take you to a short reflection by President Truman on why he chose to utilize the atomic bombs “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” against populated areas in mainland Japan.
Please find this reflection, originally published by President Truman in 1955, here:archive.org/details/yearofdecisionsv030151mbp/page/n457
What do you think? Do you think President Truman followed the correct course? Post your comments and let us know!