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Thank you, Colonel Tibbets

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Texshooter, Aug 6, 2007.

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  1. Texshooter

    Texshooter Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    and crew.

    You saved countless American lives with your dedication and courage.

    I want all to remember.

    God Bless You
  2. The-Fly

    The-Fly Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Northern Colorado
  3. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog New Member

    May 13, 2007
    I have to give a second thank you to Mr. Tibbetts. Thank you Texashooter
    for jogging my memory as to what happened today in 1945. My father fought
    in the south pacific in WWII. He is gone now but I am happy to say that he
    made it home and he was able to be a very good father to me.
    Thanks to Col. Tibbetts and crew and also all of the men that fought for our
    country in WWII. We thank you for all that you have done.
  4. Rich K

    Rich K Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    SE Michigan
    A salute to Col.Tibbets and crew, for a job well done.
  5. SMLE

    SMLE Senior Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Albuquerque New Mexico
    My Father was a US Marine in WWII. He was studying a map of japan on August 6, 1945. He had already been on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. His luck very likely would have run out in japan.

    Thank you Col. Tibbets, your crew, and the crew of "Bock's Car", the B29 that dropped the Nagasaki bomb,

  6. 230RN
    • Contributing Member

    230RN Marines raising the Pisa tower.

    May 27, 2006
    V-J Day

    Thank all of them who worked on the Manhattan Project.

    I've had a pic of the Trinity Test at 25 milliseconds after detonation as my wallpaper at work since mid-July.

    People forget the barbarity and fanaticism of such a supposedly civilized country in establishing "The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere."

    I am tired of hearing about how we shouldn't have dropped the bombs.

    "V-J Day? What's that?"

    "Mitsubishi A6M2? What's that? A new car model? Can I park it easily at the mall?"

    Here's a pic my Pop took from our upstairs bedroom window of the local American Legion Post marching by on the first V-J Day. (Ozone Park NY, 1945.) Pop built Liberty Ships at the Brooklyn Navy Yard throughout the war.

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  7. doubleg

    doubleg Senior Member

    Nov 21, 2006
    Its amazing how the media tries to guilt trip Americans for choosing to end the war early and save thousands of lives. :banghead: They forget that it was one of the most important events of the 20th century. Thanks to everyone who was involved.
  8. sacp81170a

    sacp81170a Senior Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Farmington, AR
    As a Cold Warrior, I'm tired of hearing about all the horrible things we did over the past 50 years and how it turned the "downtrodden people" of the Third World against us. We did what we did so mankind could have a future. For better or worse, we're still here to talk about it. Consider the alternatives...

    Hats off to Col. Tibbets and the men of the 509th.
  9. Orthonym

    Orthonym Senior Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Southern Florida
    Oh, Mods, please don't close this thread...

    as it really is germane, the Little Boy weapon having been a gun-type bomb.

    Oh, and my Dad was at Saipan for that. He had turned down an opportunity to go home aboard USS Indianapolis. I am glad he did so, or I might not exist. All things considered, I think I'd rather exist, than not.
  10. 308win

    308win Senior Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Ohio - The Heart of it All
    Col. Tibbets lives in the Columbus area and normally the local rag will have something but I haven't seen anything this year. My father was in the Pacific from the beginning as a combat engineer and worked on the Tinian airfield. He remarked once that when the bombs were dropped his unit was training for the invasion of Japan and no one expected to come home. Like many of that generation, Col. Tibbets and his crew did their job with no expectations - where did that aspect of our national culture disappear to?
  11. Gustav

    Gustav Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    In 1945 my dad was in the Philippines cleaning out holdouts and snipers when his unit got the word the A bomb had been dropped, many people today forget how fanatical an enemy the Japanese warriors and government were at that time in using everything from death marches and forced labor camps to human wave attacks and eventually kamikazes.
    The whole Japanese nation had been training and preparing to repel any invasion there were literally tons of war materials and weapons stashed away to face the allies if and when they invaded and had we done so it would have been a much bloodier fight than any of the islands we had taken before.
    From what I understand had we invaded all POW's Japan held would have been executed rather than risk being liberated by our forces.
    After the second bomb my dads orders were changed from training to invade Japan to one of occupation duty and the dismantling of the war materials and arms that had been stockpiled.
    Horrible as both atomic bombs were they forced an end to the daily carnage and suffering and brought the bloodiest war in human history to a close.
    My thanks go out to ALL Veterans both young and old, freedom is not free it is priceless having been paid for in untold blood sweat and tears.
  12. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Senior Member

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    Thank you, Colonel Tibbets.

    The planned invasion of Japan was expected to have such high losses that the leading divisions were not figured into the second days plans. They saved a lot of lives.
  13. crankshop1000

    crankshop1000 Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    My dad was a flex gunner on a B29 on Tinian when the bombs were delivered.There was a lot of security, but he saw plenty.Truly the greatest generation.Yes we need to remember history as it really happened, not as some have rewritten it.Tibbets and crew are good representitives of the many WWII heros and everyday grunts.
  14. ozwyn

    ozwyn Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Given the mass suicide of Japanese civilians in Okinawa, the surrender prompted by the atomic bombs saved a lot more Japanese lives than Americans.

    The use of the atomic bombs may be an ugly choice in revisionist retrospect, but it saved millions on both sides.
  15. Deanimator

    Deanimator Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    Rocky River, Ohio
    The Japanese are the ones who REALLY ought to be thanking him. He and the crew of Bock's Car as well, saved Japan as a nation.

    If we'd had to invade Japan, if you wanted to meet an ethnic Japanese, you'd have had to go to California or Brazil. They were definitely in the express lane for the "Max Mad" prequel.
  16. Torghn

    Torghn Member

    May 24, 2007
    One thing people fail to relies is the social and economic impact on Japan. Dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was probably the single greatest event in Japanese's history. If the allies had to invade Japan, Russia would have probably been very involved. Not even counting the hundreds of thousands of Japanese's lives it saved, if the Russians had been part of the invasion they would have been part of the occupation as well. Japan would probably be similar to Korea right now, and how Berlin was for half a century. The capitalistic half would be doing well, but the communist half would be living in squaller and poverty just like North Korea.

    Every Japanese citizen should be thankful everyday the nuclear bomb was invented, if not their country would be a very different place.
  17. Mongo the Mutterer

    Mongo the Mutterer Senior Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    St. Louis
    Thank you Colonel, for giving me my step-father.

    USMC, 6 Division, 15th Marines, HQ Company, Okinawa. (and Saipan, and Guadalcanal, and a few others)
  18. BigG

    BigG Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Let's not forget Harry Truman who had the cojones to order the mission. Col Tibbets and crew did the job, but would have had no job if the order did not come.
  19. alex_trebek

    alex_trebek Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    Thank you Colonel Tibbets, and all retired and current military personell for the freedoms we all enjoy.
  20. Tokugawa

    Tokugawa Senior Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    My father was married with 3 kids,and was drafted out of an aircraft engine plant and was training in the Phillipines for the invasion of Japan when the bomb was dropped.
    My father in law was a infantryman serving in France ,Germany and Czechoslovakia and right after VE day was sent to the Phillipines for the invasion.
    So I guess the bomb saved my life and my wifes life.
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