It seems that every evening newscast is filled with war news. We sit in our living rooms filled with dread as the visions of blood and bodies fill the screen. We wonder what will come next. We speculate about how it will affect our daily lives. Sometimes in the midst of it all we get the feeling we are alone in our fears. However, as a reminder that our ancestors have surely been through this before, I offer these headlines and bits of news from the Caddo Herald, August 10, 1945:
Russia Declares War
Russia declared war on Japan Wednesday and is fighting in Manchuria to help allies bring war to a quick end. Washington reaction was immediate and sure. Together with the great new weapon of atomic bombing, Russia’s entry into the battle of the Pacific means that Japan cannot long survive….
Atomic Bomb Used!
Atomic Bomb Seals the Doom of Japanese Land
Atomic energy, the most powerful destructive force ever harnessed by man, is now turned loose on Japan by U.S. bombers thru which the Japanese face the threat of utter destruction and desolation; and their surrender may be greatly speeded…
Paul Jenkins, of Caddo was a worker for nine months on the atomic bomb plant in Washington, but he was not allowed to know much about what it was he was working on.
Ms. Sgt. Irlie R. Bardwell, who is home on sick leave from McCloskey Hospital after returning from overseas. He has been in three major battles for which he was awarded combat stars while serving with I Co. 145th Infantry Division in the Philippines. He is in Caddo visiting his mother and his sisters Irene and Cathlene.
W. B. Bardwell has 12 grandsons in the service.
Capt. James Mills is at home after sixteen months overseas in England and France. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mills.
I. A. Harris received a parcel Monday from his son Charles in Germany that contained a large German swastika flag, two long knives, three field glasses and two small knives that he captured in Germany. Charles was with Gen. Patton in the Third army in its swipe through Germany, and captured these and many other articles of the Germans, which he kept as war booty. More of it is on the way home. Charles also is on this way home, but does not have any idea of when he will arrive.