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North Carolina man responsible for dropping atomic bomb on Hiroshima

Posted May 26
Updated May 27

On Friday, President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima.

Obama said his visit to Hiroshima, the Japanese city where 140,000 died when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb in 1945, will underscore "the sense of urgency" that everyone should have about disarmament.

Twenty years ago, WRAL's David Crabtree interviewed a North Carolina man who was directly responsible for dropping the bomb that change history.

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  • Roger Clements May 27, 2016
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    I agree. So many people know so little about what our grandfathers' generation had to go through or that time in history. Munroe probably couldn't tell you which countries were on the Allied or Axis sides.

  • Carla K. Garner May 27, 2016
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    Pure ignorance! You should practice thinking before typing.

  • Dan Wilder May 27, 2016
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    War is hell but more would have been killed if we would have had to continue the war and invade mainland Japan.

  • Jeff Gameo May 27, 2016
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    Yes we are proud that someone who the top brass could trust came from NC. He didn't ask to do this mission - he was following orders. Nor did the US bring on the war. The only other US option was a land invasion onto Japan which would have also resulted in large casualties for both countries. Learn your history and be thankful.

  • Demute Sainte May 27, 2016
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    I'm sure that is what they taught you in public school. However, the dropping of the atomic bombs actually SAVED hundreds of thousands of lives.... both American and Japanese and ending the war. It was a good thing.

  • Ororo Munroe May 27, 2016
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    How proud NC must be? 140,000 people were murdered. WTVF?

  • James Barefoot May 26, 2016
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    I was there in 1973, It was a sight to see.