Correction is called for in regard to the revisionist history of the Associated Press article printed in The Tribune on July 30 (“Last Crew Member of Enola Gay Dies in Georgia”). The article claims that “the 9,000-pound bomb nicknamed ‘Little Boy’ fell toward the sleeping city,” but we know by the stopped clocks of Hiroshima in 1945 that the bomb detonated at 8:16 a.m. Many thousands were either commuting to work or already there. More than 3,000 soldiers stood in formation on a parade ground. Many children were already sitting in their schoolrooms.
U.S. military personnel, just days afterward, measured etched blast shadows on the schoolroom walls to determine the optimal altitude of detonation to inflict the most damage for future atomic attacks.
It would be comforting to allow ourselves to imagine that the victims in Hiroshima died in their sleep, but that runs counter to the facts of history.