I heard last night on NPR this piece, “Nagasaki Aftermath Haunts U.S. Veteran.” Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. I’ve been both to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their respective atomic bombing museums, and they are both very memorable. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to actually have seen Hiroshima or Nagasaki after the bombings though:
“Bohlmann’s ship received orders to sail to Nagasaki, where the sailors could smell the stench of death before they arrived. “We knew something was up — the stink,” Bohlmann says. “You just about gagged, just by breathing it. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet that morning, ’cause I’d just come off watch. And I couldn’t go eat. Nobody could eat.” The ship pulled into Nagasaki harbor on Sept. 23, 1945. It was the first U.S. ship there.”
Let’s hope that another atomic or nuclear weapon will ever be used, especially on a civilian population or target.