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August 5th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Crew member who dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima shares his story

"Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima reminisces.


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  1. Ganesh

    Don, in your news session you asked your guest a question related to "traditional" enemies of sikhs and lumped Hindus in that. FYI, Hindus are not traditional enemies. Sikhs and Hindus are close knit religion with a mutual respect and tolerance for each other religion. Many families have members from both religion. Sikh persecution that was witnessed two decades back were sadly politically motivated. Please don't mix it up. Sad to see the same type of political rhetoric is now being witnessed in US as well. As an international newscaster please don't fall for this broad brush statements.

    August 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  2. Tom

    Nothing good comes from war. WWII was a tragedy, every second and everything thing every person had to do to fight this war was a tragedy. And the fact is today we have no way to ensure a war like this never happens again. Because people of Japan believed they were fighting for their survival no less than the Americans did.

    Killing each other in programmed into our DNA just as much as breathing is. It’s the ugly truth of humanity. And the fact is we kill one other to save each other. Without natural predation on the human animal, we become cannibalistic to human life. And the longer we go between feedings, the more combustion we do during the next war. It’s like for forest fire, if you burn down the undergrowth now and then, more will survive the fires.

    In the end every soldier regrets every solo he took. Like a full lion with a blood covered muzzle they grow old with regret. We have all have to learn to appreciate life more. Because the smaller this planet becomes the thicker the undergrowth will get, we need to live more with less.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  3. Rick Shultz

    You know Tom, man is not the only species on this planet whose members kill each other. Prairie dogs and chimpanzees
    do it among others. But they may very well outlive us because WE are the only species that builds unbelievably powerful, suicidal weapons.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
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