C. Don Lee
Many of us in the service dreaded the direction in which USA was headed although we knew the invasion was needed before Japan's defeat could be completed.
I was training to pilot Navy planes after serving in airships since the war began as the Navy needed more pilots to train to bomb and strafe with Japan's defeat to gain.
Many in the Army, Navy and Marines were resigned to embark on a plan being designed to move onto the Japanese-fortified shore to end the Pacific's ongoing war.
When President Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb, though it was devastating, he wasn't wrong. Many more on both sides would have died for sure if an armed invasion was to be the cure.
Where was I when World War II ended? I was in Dallas and our troops contended to show the biggest, brightest celebration of any occurring in our nation.