The profile that has been the most interesting to me is Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto. He was the type of person who would lend a helping hand to those who needed help. He would help friends move items to a safe location in case of an attack from the Americans. When the bomb fell they had only seconds to react. After the bomb fell, he went and tried to the survivors. As he was looking around he wonder "how such a extensive damage could have been dealt out of a silent Sky". This will probably be a question that will go unanswered to him for a long time. The one thing I notice he was having a lot of survivor's guilt. This only occurs when you survive a great big tragedy, and other people did not make it out alive. After readng about him, I can see he put other people before himself. We need more people like him a around to make a big difference.
|Tokyo, Japan after being attacked by B-29 bombs.|
Everyone remembers December 7, 1941 when the Japanese Army attack the Hawaiian Islands. This made President Roosevelt to ask congress to declare a state of war. Than that led to the famous "Doolittle Raid". This raid happened on April 18,1942, four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed over 3,000 Americans died. So this led to planning a attack on Tokyo, Japan. There a total of 79 volunteers went on this mission to attack Japan. The plan was attack Tokyo when they least expected. The numbers of homes destroyed and lives lost were in great numbers. A total of 1,000,000 homes were destroyed by the fire from the bombs and a total of 100,000 people lost their lives and burned to death.. Many people were left homeless and no where to go.
Right before the attacks happen, a local Tokyo radio station came over the radio and told the citizens of Toyko that there was B-29's outside. The Asaki Building was destroyed by the bomb and killed around 500 people inside. The other bombs were dropped in the shopping center of Toyko. For many days after the bombings, people had to do without gas, electricity, water and in some cases food. Even the cars they used for transportation were not working due to the damage of the bombings. About 70% of Japan was destroyed by the fire from the bombs. Almost the entire city of Tokyo was under a fire. The heat from the fire was very hot it made living a nightmare.
Not all 79 volunteers cam back alive from the Doolittle Raid. Some of them were killed on the spot, some were taken prisoners of war (POW), some died when B-29's crashed and a lucky few made it back alive. The bombing of Tokyo will live through history and will be a learning lesson for many generations to come. Out of 79 members of the raid only 1 is still alive today, he is the Co-Pilot Richard "Dick" Cole.
|One group of the Doolittle Radiers.|
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