The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 Hiroshima, Japan The first of two atomic bombs are dropped on Japan The "Little Boy" exploded in Hiroshima which was the headquarters for the 2nd General Army and the Chugoku Regional Army. The bomb's blast killed approximately 70,000 people (roughly 20,000 Japanese military personnel, 20,000 Korean slave laborers, and 30,000 civilians). By…

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis

July 30, 1945 Pacific Ocean The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the survivors endure four days of shark attacks and other perils After the Indianapolis was torpedoed, approximately 300 of the ship’s 1,196 crew went down with her. The remaining survivors endured exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks. Only 321 survived…