The WWII atomic bomb debate

08/10/2014 7:08 PM

08/07/2014 11:23 AM

Re "My childhood spent doing duck-and-cover" (Forum, Aug. 3) : There is a generational difference in evaluating whether or not we should have used atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Younger people say that it was inhumane and should not have been done. I'm a World War II veteran, and my generation said "Hooray" on the day it was done and still say "Hooray." Japan's military did not plan to surrender at that point, and it took two atomic bombs to change their minds. Had an invasion of Japan been necessary, the bloodshed on both sides would have been horrendous.

And now I must say that I had a conflict of interest. Having just graduated from Navy Radioman school, I was a candidate to be on one of the first LSTs to hit the Japanese beaches.

-- R.L. Fredrickson, Roseville

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