Seventy one years ago today (August 9, 2016) the United States released the second atomic bomb on Japan, on the city of Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 on the battleship USS Missouri.
World War II was always a part of my childhood. My father was in World War II as were most of the fathers of kids I knew. The War has colored many things in the politics and directions our country has taken for many years and still does. I remember the time when I realized that my youngest daughter was further away from the end of the Vietnam War than I was from the end of WWII. Something that seemed way in the past. Ancient history.
Mushroom cloud photo by Charles Levy taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.