The Loss of PC 814

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This letter has recently been provided to me by the son of Arnold Goldstein. It documents the demise of PC 814 in the great typhoon that struck Okinawa on October 9, 1945. The letter is written peer to peer as Arnold was a former commanding officer of Lt. Paul W. Neidhardt on PC 1172. 23 […]

How the Atom Bomb May Have Saved American and British Lives

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Memoirs by Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman, Vol 1, Year of Decisions, pages 417, 419 General Marshall told me [Harry S. Truman] that it might cost a half a million American lives to force the enemy’s surrender on his home grounds.” It was the recommendation [of the committee of scientists, government officials, and university scholars] […]

The Largest Planned Amphibious Invasion in History

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The initial Allied invasion of Japan was named Operation Olympic and was scheduled to begin on November 1, 1945.  It was to have been the largest amphibious invasion in history including 42 aircraft carriers, 24 battleships and 400 destroyers and destroyer escorts.  Fourteen US divisions were scheduled to take part in the initial landings.  Using […]