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My uncle on my motherís side, Mitsuaki Noda, lived near Hiroshima, Japan 70 years ago on August 6, 1945. He had missed getting up for school and was in the bath tub at 8:15 when Little Boy exploded over the city. He remembered a bright light and then the boom as the sonic blast wave hit.

The Japanese did not have a name for the kind of bomb that was dropped. So they called it Pika-don. Pika in Japanese means a bright flash of light and Don for the sound that it made.

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He walked toward Hiroshima to see that had happened and he saw the destruction. With the help of our family, he later immigrated to the USA and volunteered for the US Army so he could attend college on the GI Bill. He fought in Korea.

The ironic part of being bombed in Hiroshima and the later part of his life was that after he served in the US Army, he got his undergraduate degree and masters degree in electrical engineering and worked both for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and in the defense industry at Hughes Aircraft.

During the cold war with the USSR, when we were burying our ICBMs at great expense, Mitusaki remembered that the only things left standing were telephone poles and smoke stacks. The blast wave went around the curved shapes without knocking them down. He suggested that hardened above ground round silos be built with only the crew quarters under ground to save money on protecting the ICBMs from a first strike.

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Thank you for the story of your uncle. It's amazing that he survived such horrible devastation. So many innocent people died.

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Thanks for sharing that very interesting and personal family story Henry. I earnestly hope the world can somehow avoid use of a weapon like this for another 70 years.

Can you share the story of what motivated him to immigrate to the US and serve in our military after enduring this?
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On my way home from fishing yesterday I heard a piece on NPR about a (still living) woman named Sueko Hada, who was the only member of her family to survive the bombing of Hiroshima.

Where your uncle became a member of the US Army, her granddaughter married a US Marine.
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A prayer from me for him....

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That is one helluva family story Silver. Than you for sharing it.
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An amazing story, Silver. Thank you for sharing it.

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Thanks for sharing that very interesting and personal family story Henry. I earnestly hope the world can somehow avoid use of a weapon like this for another 70 years.

Can you share the story of what motivated him to immigrate to the US and serve in our military after enduring this?
In Japan, the estate goes to the oldest son. Mitusaki was not the oldest so there was nothing holding him in Japan. At the time, my mother who was born in the USA, and uncle Takeshi Noda was already in the USA. So he immigrated with my family as a sponsor.

My uncle was very smart and he knew the only way that he could attend college was to join the armed forces and use the GI Bill. I Have never heard him or any of my uncles say a bad word against the USA or about WWWII. I think it is the Japanese way to accept "fate."

Another brother, Uncle Hideo, was in the Japanese Army and was sent to fight Russia. He was captured and spent time in a Russian Siberian POW camp and then returned to Japan. He also immigrated to the USA after Uncle Mitsuaki. My parents also sponsored him.

Uncle "Tak" was the oldest and he inherited the family estate when grandmother Noda died. The family home had been in the Noda family since the 1300's, for 7 centuries when it was passed to my uncle Tak. He sold the property and split the proceeds amongst his brothers and sisters. None of the children were in Japan. All had followed my mother and Tak to the USA.

One of Tak's grandsons is a US Navy aviator and flies off a nuclear carrier. I can't recall which one at the moment. I wish I could remember his call sign.
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In Japan, the estate goes to the oldest son. Mitusaki was not the oldest so there was nothing holding him in Japan. At the time, my mother who was born in the USA, and uncle Takeshi Noda was already in the USA. So he immigrated with my family as a sponsor.

My uncle was very smart and he knew the only way that he could attend college was to join the armed forces and use the GI Bill. I Have never heard him or any of my uncles say a bad word against the USA or about WWWII. I think it is the Japanese way to accept "fate."

Another brother, Uncle Hideo, was in the Japanese Army and was sent to fight Russia. He was captured and spent time in a Russian Siberian POW camp and then returned to Japan. He also immigrated to the USA after Uncle Mitsuaki. My parents also sponsored him.

Uncle "Tak" was the oldest and he inherited the family estate when grandmother Noda died. The family home had been in the Noda family since the 1300's, for 7 centuries when it was passed to my uncle Tak. He sold the property and split the proceeds amongst his brothers and sisters. None of the children were in Japan. All had followed my mother and Tak to the USA.

One of Tak's grandsons is a US Navy aviator and flies off a nuclear carrier. I can't recall which one at the moment. I wish I could remember his call sign.
You have a family history you can be very proud of Henry. I wish I could trace mine back to the 18th century.
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