Pilot of Plane That Dropped A-Bomb Dies

Pilot of Plane That Dropped A-Bomb Dies

There are 235 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 1, 2007, titled Pilot of Plane That Dropped A-Bomb Dies. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Paul Tibbets, the pilot and commander of the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, died Thursday, a spokesman said.

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Enough is Enough

United States

#1 Nov 1, 2007
I hate war and want to do whatever possible to avoid it. With that said Paul Tibbets is a hero and an American icon. He did what our country asked of him at the time. This act ended a war that we tried to avoid at all costs to begin with. May he rest in peace and may all of his family be proud of the man that he was.

It is a darn shame that the reasons he requested an unmarked grave are real. Anyone who would use a grave site for protesting does not deserve to reside in our country!
OUT FOR JUSTICE

Miami, FL

#3 Nov 1, 2007
Paul Tibbets, is what this country is about. We should do the same to Iraq and all others who oppose the U.S.A.
figures

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Nov 1, 2007
woody hayes wrote:
They should have let him fly one more mission over Dunbar Village.
hahahahahaha
Kid Atomic

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Nov 1, 2007
The dropping of the A-bombs was unnecessary given that the Soviet Union was going to declare war on Japan. Tibbets is no hero. Just another soldier doing what was ordered? Gee, where have we heard that before? The dropping of those bombs was pure vengence not part of some strategic plan to save American/Allied lives.
Spunky

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Nov 1, 2007
OUT FOR JUSTICE wrote:
Paul Tibbets, is what this country is about. We should do the same to Iraq and all others who oppose the U.S.A.
Well said. It would stop all wars when they find out that we mean business.
JOHNNY

Hialeah, FL

#7 Nov 1, 2007
THAN WHY DID WE REMOVED SADDAM FROM IRAQ OH, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND NOW NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. OH I FORGOT AMERICANS ARE THE ONLY ONES ALLOW TO THRO NUCLEAR BOMBS AND THAN CALL THE PILOT A HERO...

THINK PEOPLE, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
RACE

Miami, FL

#8 Nov 1, 2007
He could sleep soundly because he thought not of those that perished, rather those that did not.

RIP
ex-ex

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Nov 1, 2007
Too bad the bomb wasnt used in 1935 instead of 1945. What horrific suffering and cruelty would have been prevented.
Vet

Hialeah, FL

#12 Nov 1, 2007
As a former Marine who experienced his share of combat in Vietnam I can say without hesitation that Paul Tibbets is a True Warrior and did what he had to do. It is very clear in retrospect (for those who don't read history) that America needed to drop the bomb.....otherwise one million American soldiers would have had to storm the Japanese home island beaches with all the dead and wounded that that brings to mind .....and it is also important to understand that many MORE JAPANESE WOULD HAVE DIED THAN WHAT WERE KILLED IN THE TWO A BOMB EXPLOSIONS IF WE HAD HAD TO STORM THOSE WELL DEFENDED BEACHES. Read history people before you make a an ignorant statement and make a fool of yourself.
ROHAR

United States

#13 Nov 1, 2007
Paul Tibbets said in 2000 that he would get back in the cockpit again. He had no regrets. I paid $30 for his autographed book, Return of the Enola Gay, and another ten for an autographed first day issue of a commemorative stamped envelope with the Hiroshima mushroom cloud in the background.
Bill Clinton withdrew issuing that stamp so as to not offend the Japanese.
I ask the Bill withdraw Hillary's pictures from any further media outlets so as to not offend my lunch digestion.
STAN

Hialeah, FL

#14 Nov 1, 2007
JOHNNY wrote:
THAN WHY DID WE REMOVED SADDAM FROM IRAQ OH, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND NOW NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. OH I FORGOT AMERICANS ARE THE ONLY ONES ALLOW TO THRO NUCLEAR BOMBS AND THAN CALL THE PILOT A HERO...
THINK PEOPLE, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
BOY YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOUR TALKING ABOUT DO YOU? WHAT A MORON!
Joe

AOL

#15 Nov 1, 2007
I'm waiting for all the comments from the far left pacifist wimps who'll denounce Tibbets and the U.S. for dropping the bomb. You'll find these people making these comments from a perspective of 2007 and not 1945.

These people are also uneducated in terms of what this country went through in that time period, not to mention what they were up against in terms of the fanaticism of the Japanese, who were not to peaceful civilized people you think they were with all the atrocities they committed. Geneva convention? There was no such thing to the Japanese.

You had battles like Iwo Jima that made the decision very easy for the President with the way the Japanese fought to the death and did not believe in surrender. How military planners estimated over 1 million U.S. casualties if we launched an invasion on the Japanese mainland.

You Pacifist should try reading the stories about the brutalities of the Japanese military. Start out with the March of Bataan!

But they won't. They have the luxury of this being 2007 and the ability to Freeload off the freedoms that people like Col. Paul Tibbets provided.

Rest in Peace Col. Tibbets! Your actions helped saved millions of U.S. lives. You ended what Japan started.

AJP

United States

#16 Nov 1, 2007
God Bless a true patriot. We would have lost hundreds of thousands of American soldiers invading Japan, that is the truth, so for all those who want to revise history, remember the Bataan death march and the rape of Nanking in China, how brutal and fantatical Japanese and soldiers were, and then tell me we did not do the right thing.
The Reaper

United States

#17 Nov 1, 2007
NO REGRETS, A JOB DONE WELL, A LIVE LIVED TO THE FULLEST. HE HAD MY RESPECT. AND IT MIGHT NOTH BE A BAD IDEA TO TURN THE MIDLE EAST INTO A SHEET OF GLASS INSTED OF SAND.BUT HAY
BUSH IS ALREADY THINKING OF THAT.
Normal Guy

Miami, FL

#18 Nov 1, 2007
RACE wrote:
He could sleep soundly because he thought not of those that perished, rather those that did not.
RIP
Very well said.
STAN

Hialeah, FL

#19 Nov 1, 2007
Kid Atomic wrote:
The dropping of the A-bombs was unnecessary given that the Soviet Union was going to declare war on Japan. Tibbets is no hero. Just another soldier doing what was ordered? Gee, where have we heard that before? The dropping of those bombs was pure vengence not part of some strategic plan to save American/Allied lives.
The Soviets had nothing to do with decision you idiot....why don't you try reading a little history before you spout off and make yourself like like a grade school drop-out.
The Buckeye

Lake Worth, FL

#20 Nov 1, 2007
Kid Atomic wrote:
The dropping of the A-bombs was unnecessary given that the Soviet Union was going to declare war on Japan. Tibbets is no hero. Just another soldier doing what was ordered? Gee, where have we heard that before? The dropping of those bombs was pure vengence not part of some strategic plan to save American/Allied lives.
Please get your history right! and you have to consider the context. It's awfully easy for you to try to frame history to suit your midset, to be anti-war/anti-bomb. but there is little the allies would have done differently. the japanese were not going to surrender just because the soviets declared war,the U.S.S.R. had few assests in the east to support a soviet invasion, they declared war in the waning days of WW2 ONLY as a political move, in order to share in the spoils. P.M. Tojo, previously a hawk for the war, was forced to resign in July of '44 for being 'Defeatist'. The Imperial Army was not going to capitulate, but lead the Japanese people to die defending the homeland. After the Battle of Okinawa, where the allies lost 12,000 killed, 38,000 wounded, and the Japanese lost 107.000 military and 100,000 civilians. the allies realized that the invasion of Japan would take the war well into 1949 and cost the allies over 1,000,000 casualties and the Japanese over 30,000,000 military and civilian casualties. The desision to use the bomb was sound, the U.S. could not afford to waste a device on a "Demonstration" to the Japanese, a move that in all likelyhood would not have worked anyway, because the U.S. only had the three devices, Trinity, fat Man and Little boy. so, in other words;"kid Atomic". Stuff it!!
tofu

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 Nov 1, 2007
Kid Atomic wrote:
The dropping of the A-bombs was unnecessary given that the Soviet Union was going to declare war on Japan. Tibbets is no hero. Just another soldier doing what was ordered? Gee, where have we heard that before? The dropping of those bombs was pure vengence not part of some strategic plan to save American/Allied lives.
You probably weren't born at the time. The Japanese skinned American captives alive. They bombed Pearl Harbor and forced us into the war. They were in cahoots with Hitler. That bomb ended the war, it brought Japan to it's knees and Hitler knew he was next. And if you think for one minute the Japanese or Hitler would not have dropped an Atom bomb on our heads, given the technology and opportunity to do so first, you are extremely naive. Eighty thousand may have perished but millions were saved. Mr. Tibbets is a true American hero. He carried out his mission knowing the consequences and the peril he faced to insure your right to free speech.
Louie

Covington, LA

#22 Nov 1, 2007
"He could sleep soundly because he thought not of those that perished, rather those that did not."

That's something that todays anti's don't quite get.
My father had somehow survived The Battle for Okinawa. My Mom had always said that he never was quite normal again btw. He was always very inwardly sad.
His unit was told to prepare for the Invasion of Japan. They were told that casualties would approach 100%. Not good odds.
Thankfully the War ended for him--- and me. Who knows if I'd be here.

Anyway, it had to be done. The War just had to be ended.
The blame belongs to Hitler & Hirohito.
Joe

AOL

#23 Nov 1, 2007
JOHNNY wrote:
THAN WHY DID WE REMOVED SADDAM FROM IRAQ OH, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND NOW NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. OH I FORGOT AMERICANS ARE THE ONLY ONES ALLOW TO THRO NUCLEAR BOMBS AND THAN CALL THE PILOT A HERO...
THINK PEOPLE, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
Why don't you try it? Oh I forgot, people like you have that 2007 mentality and have learned nothing from history. Try going back to the period of 1939 to Dec. 6, 1941 where the majority of Americans opposed getting involved in helping the British. In fact, Hitlers spies accurately reported that 9 in 10 Americans opposed getting involved. It was Europes war! Boy, how wrong you people were then just as you are now. Had we not gotten involved, you might be speaking German today. Can you goose step?

I guess the million plus U.S. casualties predicted when we invaded Japan's mainland meant nothing to you. If you can't see the dangers of places like Iraq, Iran & North Korea having nukes, then the only way to prove how dangerous they are is when they start going off in our cities. They would certainly have no qualms about giving them to terrorist groups. By then it'll be too late.

That's the problem with the educational system. They barely teach any 20th Century history in the schools, especially WWII and the holocaust. Then when you pacifist do get a history lesson, it's from some liberal college professor.

The old saying really does ring true. "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it". We can talk about treaties. How about the Treaty of Versailles? Hitler went and broke that one and no one stopped him. Had the French made a move when Hitler moved his troops into the Ruhr Valley, Hitler would've immediately pulled them out. He was testing the Western powers. But no one did. Same as in Poland and Hitler grew and became very dangerous.

Same as what Sadam might have become. We had a treaty from the first Gulf War and Sadam broke it in no time. We then had 17 resolutions (warnings) and Sadam ignored them, growing more powerful each time because of wimps like Bill Clinton. You all seem to forget that Ghadafi of Libya grew scared because of what we were doing in Iraq and turned over his nuclear program to the international community.

The "wait and see'ers will get you everytime"!

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