Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It

   ” Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  George Santayna

   The War ended in Europe when Nazi Germany signed an instrument of surrender on 8 May 1945.  The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of China demanded that Japan surrender.  The Japanese Government ignored our ultimatum.

   The Chief Executive and Commander of all American forces, President Harry Truman, ordered the American military to begin deployment of nuclear weapons that were developed by the Manhattan Project.  American forces dropped an atomic bomb called ” Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.  On 9 August 1945,  the second atomic bomb called ” Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki. 

   On 15 August 1945, Japan announced its surrender to the allies.  The Document of Surrender was signed on 2 September 1945, which officially ended World War II. asks the question: Is it really a lie when we tell our children ” Dulce et decorum est pro Patria mori.”   

                                      R. Van Conoley

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