Truman's Grandson Meets Hiroshima Survivors

He travels to Japan for anniversary of atomic bombings
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2012 11:18 AM CDT
Truman's Grandson Meets Hiroshima Survivors
President Harry Truman in a file photo from 1946.   (AP Photo/File)

Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met face-to-face today with the grandson of the man who authorized the attacks. Clifton Truman Daniel, a Chicago resident and descendant of Harry Truman, traveled to Tokyo for a ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the bombings, reports AFP. "It's a good first step toward healing old wounds," he said afterward.

Most of the survivors, now in their 70s and 80s, seemed to bear no ill will toward him at the forum. But given that the bombings killed an estimated 200,000 people, some animosity lingered. "I would like him to know that some of those who lost their family members in the bombings will never forgive (the United States) no matter what," said one 77-year-old female survivor. Said Daniel of his grandfather's decision: "I can't second-guess my grandfather ... (but) there is no right decision in war." (More Harry Truman stories.)

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