Wednesday, January 06, 2010

RIP: Survivor of Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic blasts dies at 93

Talk about being in the wrong places at the wrong times.
Sole Double Atomic Bomb Survivor Dies in Japan
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.

He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 190 miles southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack three days later.

Mr. Yamaguchi's luck was as bad as that of Fireman William Clarke - a crewman who was on, and survived the sinkings of both the Titanic and the Empress of Ireland.

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