Harry Truman: What We Can Learn From The Man From Missouri [13]

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Manhattan Project: Truman was curious about having this weapon tested. In June of 1945, the bomb was indeed tested and had worked. George Marshall claimed that a million American’s could be killed in an invasion of Japan, so anything in the arsenal of the United States that could curb an invasion was preferable. Truman believed that the shock value of the bomb would end the war. Okanawa was a battle that had major loses. Japanese kamikaze air pilots resulted in 30 US ships being sunk with over 12,000 Americans killed in Okanawa. Japanese military loses were 10x worse. Civilian deaths on the Island were 150,000. Tokyo was bombed heavily in March 300 B 29s bombed Tokyo killing 100,000 civilians. Osaka was bombed heavily as well. Japanese morale was unaffected. Truman wanted to shock them into action. The Truman Committee believed that no demonstration or warning would work. It would be worse if the bomb malfucntioned so he did not notify the Japanese about the impending bombing. Truman never considered NOT using the bomb. Truman could not say “No” to the bombing.