Tag: WW II

The purpose of my mission was to cause a big fire in the forest which would discourage American citizens to fight with Japan. To make them feel anxiety—therefore to make them feel [as if they should] stop fighting with us sooner. —Nobuo Fujita reflecting on his WW II mission to bomb the forest outside Brookings, Oregon

August 26, 1945 — Japanese diplomats boarded the USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II.

The Legacy of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

In 2012 I wrote a story about the U.S.S. Indianapolis delivering the components of the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare to the U.S. Army airbase in the Marshall Islands. The voyage from San Francisco to the islands was a success. The voyage home was a monumental disaster. Since my original post—inserted below—filmmaker, Sarah Vladic, has…

Thoughts In Passing

69 years and 3 days after the order to drop the atomic bomb was issued, Air Force captain Theodore Van Kirk died at the age of 93 in Stone Mountain, Ga. Mr. Van Kirk—everyone called him “Dutch”— was the navigator of the B-29 aircraft, Enola Gay, which carried out the bombing mission on the Japanese…

Update on the 16 Inch Gun Barrel

The gun barrel from the USS Missouri, destined for an exhibit at Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands, is ready for transport today. Click here for original article.

68 foot long gun barrel from the USS Missouri
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

 

The Voyage of the Honda Knot

At 11:37 a.m. on October 10, 1947 the United States Army Transport Honda Knot sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco Bay under overcast skies completing the final leg of a journey for her military passengers. 3,012 of those aboard were listed as “passengers (deceased)” for these were the remains of fallen servicemen,…

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