Unconditional Surrender

The Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

"Everything that is not destroyed has been blackened by fire."

“August 1945. We drop anchor in Tokyo Bay, begin unloading equipment, and send the troops ashore in attack waves. A few weeks ago the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and just a few days ago the Emperor Hirohito went on radio to inform his people of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies. When I go down to inspect the mooring lines of our ship, I look ashore and see that everything that is not destroyed has been blackened by fire. We are at Pier 33, on the other side of the bay from where I had departed for America five years and eight months ago. The world will never be the same again.”