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Navy navigator emerges as pacifist after witnessing bomb’s devastation

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 09, 2014

~~<p>Seeing Nagasaki two months after it was shattered by the atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, was enough to turn Navy navigator Bill Hanson against war the rest of his life.</p>
<p>&quot;It was a terrible sight. The destruction is hard to describe,&quot; said Hanson, a retired Ewa Beach accountant, who went to Japan as a Navy quartermaster to clear the seas of mines at the close of World War II.</p>
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Seeing Nagasaki two months after it was shattered by the atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, was enough to turn Navy navigator Bill Hanson against war the rest of his life.

"It was a terrible sight. The destruction is hard to describe," said Hanson, a retired Ewa Beach accountant, who went to Japan as a Navy quartermaster to clear the seas of mines at the close of World War II. Login for more...



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