On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking in shark-infested waters.
This “On This Day” item in The New York Times today brought my thoughts about the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in sharp focus like trees against a backdrop of a long lightning flash.
Normally I am no longer preoccupied with the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki come the beginning of August, but they have been very much in my mind this August. I have been working on the section of my book leading up to the end of World War II and what the sudden end of the War meant to us.
We were transferred To Camp Banjoebiroe 10 (Banyubiru 10) on August 7 1945, the day after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. We were utterly unaware of this news, of course, and we had fallen into a quicksand of despair from which we would not have been able to extricate ourselves. We were at the end of our rope.
The atom bombs saved our lives.
With your help, I would like to examine in blog posts in the next few days what the justification was for dropping the atomic bombs in the beginning of August 1945.