509th Composite Group - First Atomic Bombardment

509th Composite Group - First Atomic Bombardment (HM6D)

Location: West Wendover, NV 89883 Elko County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 44.228', W 114° 3.405'

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"The Atomic bomb is too dangerous to be loose in a lawless world ... we pray that (God) may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes."
—President Harry S. Truman, August, 1945.

In Memory. This monument is dedicated to the members of the 509th Composite Group, United States Air Force, who trained at the Wendover, Utah, Army Air Force Base in 1944-45, for the vital, secret mission of delivering the first atomic bombs on Japanese targets in August 1945. The combined efforts of all members of the United States Army and the United States Navy who created the massive armed service support of this historic endeavor share this important dedication that brought World War II to a much earlier conclusion.

Recognition is given to the scientific teams who created this awesome weapon, those who sacrificed their lives in the Pacific Theatre, Allied forces in other theatres of action during World War II, and all contributed to bring this dreadful war to an end.

The loss of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan are especially recognized in this memorial for their sacrifice to mankind's struggle for a more peaceful world.

May this monument stand as a symbol of hope that mankind will reason and world together for the ultimate goal of world peace.
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HM NumberHM6D
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Year Placed1990
Placed ByMembers and Friends of the 509th Composite Group with additional funding provided by the Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 5:06pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 748529 N 4513744
Decimal Degrees40.73713333, -114.05675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.228', W 114° 3.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 13.68" N, 114° 3' 24.30" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 Lincoln Highway, West Wendover NV 89883, US
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