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        World War II Veteran Theodore Van Kirk - 
Major, Army Air Corps | Georgia Oral History

        Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, born in Pennsylvania in 1921, serves as a major in the Army Air Corps, eventually becoming the navigator for the Enola Gay from which he witnessed the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He had a "Huckleberry Finn" childhood, rowing flats of coal up and down river for his father and how it contrasted with his time in the armed forces. He describes in great detail the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, the devastation he witnessed in Nagasaki, and the thanks he still gets for helping to end the war.


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