“To Heck With It . . . The War Is Over!” 1945

The Thresher, 73 years ago today. I’m putting up the entire issue, which was only four pages for most of the war years. Look carefully as there’s a lot to chew on here:

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13 Responses to “To Heck With It . . . The War Is Over!” 1945

  1. C Kelly says:

    I had no idea the bombardier on the Nagasaki drop was a Rice man.

  2. Steve Lukingbeal, Hanszen 76 says:

    That party at the Grand Prize Brewery for the 45 ASME Rice students also sounded like fun.

  3. Owlcop says:

    Kermit Beahan was on both flights. The B-29 with observation equipment on board was called The Great Artiste was named in honor of Beahan for his skills as a bombardier and with the ladies. He stayed in after WW2 serving in Korea and Vietnam. Went to work for Brown and Root after he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

  4. George Webb '88, '91 says:

    What a day it must have been, and what a feeling all around the country! I have often wished that I had been alive on V-J Day.

    • Galloway Hudson '60 says:

      Hi, George. I was seven years old on VJ Day in Corpus Christi, location of the largest naval air station in the country at the time. My parents took me downtown, which was jam packed with drunken sailors. We had celebrated VE Day only months before, and I assumed that we’d be doing that same celebration every few months for a while.

  5. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    One can only imagine the relief that the whole country felt. It was projected that an invasion of Japan would have cost over a million casualties.

    • Owlcop says:

      I understand that the Purple Hearts awarded today are from the stockpile made in anticipation of the invasion of the home islands.

  6. Mark Williamson says:

    And it only took how many decades for that building on page four to be built?

  7. Bob Shepherd says:

    Melissa, really loved the newspaper and wonder if you could post the Thresher associated with other significant dates. (Some of the issues might be too long). It’s really interesting to dig into the offhand social stories

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