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AUGUST  2003

                            The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland and Bradley County Tn.






Bizarre, Fascinating, and Wacky World War I & ll Secrets.

Japan's Atomic Bomb
by Cecil Owen

Just past midnight on August 10th, 1945, a secret convoy of trucks emerged from a cave in the Korean Mountains. The convoy hurried to reach the sea coast without being seen. It was carrying a top secret cargo that was known by only a few people. The cargo was loaded aboard a ship and it sailed towards the Sea of Japan. On August 12th, 1945, a small robot ship churned through the waters of the sea of Japan and ran aground. This was a tiny uninhabited Japanese island. It carried a new terrifying weapon that could change the outcome of World War Two! Twenty miles away, a group of Japanese scientists and engineers donned welders goggles and anxiously waited.

As the morning sun arose, a blinding flash suddenly appeared! A huge ball of fire arose,  1800 feet across, in the center the temperature was an incredible 100 million degrees! Next came a shock wave with winds reaching 500 miles per hour! Then a large mushroom cloud approximately 1000 yards in diameter, spouted up in the atmosphere. Shortly after the explosion, a strange rain began to fall. The raindrops were as big as marbles, but they were black. The vaporization of moisture in the fire ball and the condensation in the cloud caused this.

Cecil Owen

Japan had just perfected and tested an Atomic Bomb! It was just as powerful as the ones we had dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima! Project F-GO, the brainchild of Dr. Yoshio Nishina had just sprang into being! What a shock and surprise this was to us and our Allies. For all our intelligence experts had repeatedly been assuring us that Japan did not have the knowledge or resources for the Atomic Bomb.

On August 6th, 1945, we dropped the first Atomic Bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Around 70,000 men, women and children were annihilated, they vanished in a split second of time! Then on August 9th, 1945, another Atomic Bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. This time, around 40,000 men, women and children were annihilated. For many of them all that was left was a  shadow on the wall. Yes, this was horrible, in  fact, this was very ugly. But this is what war is all about, to destroy the enemy before he can destroy you. Hollywood has so glamorized war, that today many think that war is cool, like a summer breeze! However, any combat

veteran will tell you that war is not pretty, it is Hell!

Many people today look back on World War 11 and say that President Harry S. Truman made the wrong decision. He should never had decided to drop Atomic Bombs on Japan. Now I did not care for Harry Truman as President, for any man that will appear on national television and call a senator who disagrees with him ... "a dirty SOB" just does not appeal to

US Navy seamen dump part of a dismantled Japanese cyclotron into the sea. The cyclotron is a devise used to separate uranium for atomic bombs.

me. I personally saw him do this and was very surprised. However,  I do agree with his decision to drop the bombs! It was absolutely the right thing to do! Yes, thousands of Japanese men, women and children were killed by our two atomic bombs! But this was only a drop in a bucket compared to the many more thousands of men, women and children that the Japanese had already annihilated!

What several World War 11 historians completely ignore is the "Fire Bombing" of Japan. This started in March of 1945 and ended in July. The weapons used were napalm and thermite bombs, which created a very hot fire. Several industrial cities had almost been burned to the ground. In Tokyo alone, 100,000 people had been killed. Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe were devastated in March alone. Over 500,000 Japanese men, women and children perished in these fires! This was many times more than what the two atomic bombs had claimed!

Furthermore, the dropping of these two bombs actually saved the lives of  millions of Japanese !! As well as millions of our lives!

Operation Olympic was scheduled for November 1st, 1945. This was "X-Day", the fateful day when we would invade the homeland of Japan. Our invading force had five million fighting men! This would be the greatest and largest Naval, Air and Land force ever assembled. Ninety five percent of

this force would be from the United States of America. (How many of our fighting men would have survived?)

The Japanese Army had two million, five hundred thousand combat troops waiting. In reserve were four million, and beyond this, all men between 15 and 60 and all women between 14 and 45 were drafted. They were armed with sharpened bamboo spears, pitchforks, and dynamite charges strapped to their bodies. (Almost twenty eight million) They were ready to die for their Emperor. Fuel and bombs had been stockpiled for ten thousand Kamikazes (suicide aircraft). The whole nation of Japan was gearing up for a final showdown.

Japanese War Minister General Korechiki Anami said, it would be wonderful to have one last great battle on Japanese soil. And have this whole nation destroyed like a beautiful flower! This is nearly thirty five million Japanese people that we are talking about!! How many of these Japanese people do you think would have survived?

For us to capture the Island of Iwo Jima, we lost 25,849 men. This was a tiny island. Only eight square miles of volcanic ash. What would it have cost us to capture 142,000 square miles of Japanese homeland? Given all of these circumstances, President Harry S. Truman had only one choice to make, use the atomic bomb on Japan!!

The only reason that Japan did not drop an Atomic Bomb on the United States Mainland was they did not have another one built. We made two and then used them both. Japan had made only one, as they wanted to make sure it would work first.

How was their Atomic Bomb to be delivered? A submarine would bring a Kamikaze to our west coast and launch it. (As early as September of 1942, Jap Sub 1-25 had surfaced off the coast of Oregon. It also launched two airplanes! Because the Good Lord was with us ... we just beat Japan to the punch!!