American POW Killed in Hiroshima

Aloysius Kuo (1)

When atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, perhaps there were a dozen of American POW at Ground Zero.  They were surviving crew of crashed American Army B-24 Bombers, “Lonesome Lady” and “Taloa,” as well as 10 Navy Aircraft-Carrier Planes raided near the Kure Imperial Naval Base, 20 km from the Hiroshima City, on July 28, 1945.  Three POW were brought to Tokyo for interrogation and remaining POW were interned at the Chugoku (Western Japan District) Military Police Headquarters and other various military facilities and met an unfortunate fate.

The only documents concerning American POW were 20 out of 2,313 pictures drawn by the atomic bomb survivors collected by NHK Hiroshima in 1974 and 2002.  These 20 depicting American POW pictures, except two (They are NG288-02 and SG-0185 which were duplicated by the author, Aloysius Kuo.  A wounded Japanese soldier was the main subject and the American POW was in the background.

It is apparent that half of the POW died instantly in the prison cell of wooden building collapsed and burned. The other survived POW were handcuffed. Some Japanese atomic bomb survivors witnessed that they saw two POW on the Aioi Bridge near the epicenter.  The other two POW were on the Western Imperial Japanese Army Headquarters on the Hiroshima Castle Ground, 700 meters from the epicenter.  Two were later transferred to the Kure Naval Hospital, met other shot down B-29 Crew, could leave messages to their families in the United States, and died on August 18, 1945, 3 days after the surrender of Japan. (2)


(1) The author of this video is Alyoisus Kuo, a retired medical doctor and adviser for the medical sciences section of LinguaHiroshima’s database.

(2) Cartwright, T. C.  A Date with the Lonesome Lady: a Hiroshima POW returns. Austin, Tex, Eakin Press, 2002.

Raymond Wilson’s Comment on Harold Agnew’s Interview with Hibakusha in 2005

Raymond Wilson,

a physicist and adviser for scientific section of LinguaHiroshima’s database.

TBS News in 2005—Please watch this video before you read this article:

I believe most younger American physicists would think otherwise; if they have thought at all about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Harold Agnew’s entire adult life was centered on nuclear weapons and the superior defense of the United States. He seemed to carry the attack on Pearl Harbor in his mind until he died (in 2013).

Agnew is quoted as saying, “I have always felt that science and the military should work together. And they have, from Day One, whether it was Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo or whoever. They were always designing things for the people in charge.” He was actively involved in the design of nuclear weapons, all his life.

How did he become that way? page 46, in my book.

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“People say, ‘What did you do in those days?’ And my answer is, ‘Whatever I was told to do.’ I guess I wasn’t learned enough or sophisticated enough to appreciate what it meant in the long run for the future of the world.”— Harold Agnew, Enola Gay scientific observer and later Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Here is how it happens in the military, American or Japanese: page 47 in my book:

“Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.”  —Major General Smedley Darlington Butler. USMC (Ret.), “Old Gimlet Eye,” “Hell Devil Darling,” “The Fighting Quaker,” and “Old Duckboard.”  Brevet Medalist, Congressional Medal of Honor (twice).

Agnew never left “service to the military.”  And it seems he never recognized that an atrocity is just that, no matter who commits it, or why it was done. Apparently he has not thought too deeply about his participation in the atrocity. But he did say that future use would be irresponsible. Maybe Agnew did not have enough time to really understand Hiroshima and Nagasaki.