this-old-stomping-ground:

"Under the same circumstances, and the key words are ‘the same circumstances’ yes, I would do it again. We were in a war for five years. We were fighting an enemy that had a reputation for never surrendering, never accepting defeat. It’s really hard to talk about morality and war in the same sentence. In a war, there are so many questionable things done. Where was the morality in the bombing of Coventry, or the bombing of Dresden, or the Bataan death march, or the Rape of Nanking, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor? I believe that when you’re in a war, a nation must have the courage to do what it must to win the war with a minimum loss of lives." - Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, who passed away yesterday at the age of 93. He was the navigator on the "Enola Gay" for the Hiroshima atomic bomb mission, as well as the last remaining crew member. Thank you @wwii_pictures for bringing this airman’s passing to my attention.