From: Stratford, Connecticut
A brief excerpt of the only White House meeting between Tibbits and Truman from a must-read Op Ed titled "Life after Wartime" in today's NYT re Vets Day and Tibbits, who recently "faded away".
"Truman asked me (Tibbits) if anyone was giving me a hard time, saying unpleasant things to me because of the bomb. I said, ‘Oh, once in a while.’
“Truman said, ‘You tell them that if they have anything to say, they should call me. I’m the one who sent you.’”
On this Veterans Day I will think about the men and women in their 70s and 80s whom I would see when I was with Mr. Tibbets. These were soldiers and sailors, now grown old, who had expected to be sent to Japan for the land invasion, and perhaps die on those shores. Instead, they came home. In Mr. Tibbets’s presence they would sometimes weep, barely managing to say: “Thank you.” He would mostly nod, a little embarrassed."
The entire article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/opinion/12greene.html?th&emc=th
Stratford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
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