Japan marked the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack with a ceremony Aug. 6 that was attended by a grandson of Harry Truman, the U.S. president who ordered the bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima.
Clifton Truman Daniel, a grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.
Hiroshima was the primary target of the first nuclear bombing mission on 6 August, with Kokura and Nagasaki as alternative targets. The 393d Bombardment Squadron B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Tibbets, took off from North Field airbase on Tinian, about six hours flight time from Japan.
Some 70,000–80,000 people, or some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed by the blast and resultant firestorm and another 70,000 injured.