December 7, 1941, Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, a day that will live in infamy. Mrs. Augspurger remembers feeling shocked. There had been reports of the Japanese becoming stronger, but she had no idea they were strong enough to attack us and hurt us like they did. At first, people did not believe we were attacked; they thought it was a drill. We were a strong nation and weaker nations would not dare attack us on our own soil. Because of the events at Pearl Harbor, the United States joined WWII.
During the war, Mrs. Augspurger became known as a "Rosy Riveter", a young housewife who worked in the factories while the men were away at war. She worked at Wrights Aeronautics and Ford Automotive. The aeronautics plant made sheet metal for the planes, and of course Ford Automotive made automobiles. However, unlike many housewives, Mrs. Augspurger continued to work long after the end of the war. She celebrated the end of the war by buying a new used car, decorating it, and driving it up-town horns blaring. It was a day to rejoice!
On August 6, 1945, the United States bombed the Japanese at Hiroshima. Mrs. Augspurger felt that we were justified in our use of the atomic bomb. We were paying them back for Pearl Harbor. According to the Japanese, many innocent people were killed at Hiroshima. Three days later the second bomb hit Nagasaki. "Radiation caused illness and death after the bombing in about 1% of those who survived the initial explosion. By the end of 1945, it is estimated that 60,000 more people died due to radiation poisoning, bringing the total killed in Hiroshima in 1945 to 140,000" (Wikipedia). The Japanese did not know the Americans had used their last bomb during the second attack. The Imperial Council met on August 9th, to talk about the state of affairs. A vote was held to make a decision on continuing or stopping the war, but it ended in a three to three tie. Emperor Hirohito cast the deciding vote to end the war.... [continues]
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