LEXINGTON, Va. - On this day 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan -- the first of two bombings that finally pressured the Japanese into surrendering and bringing an end to the second World War.
But the use of that bomb, and the second one dropped on Nagasaki, was just the end point of a years-long process to design and build the bombs. The project was so massive it was put under the direction of the Army and its chief-of-staff, George C. Marshall.
Marshall was a graduate of VMI, and at the Marshall Foundation located there, a presentation will be held tonight by professor Frank settle, author of "General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb," and Col. Keith Gibson, director of the VMI museum.
The program will be at the Marshall Foundation's Pogue Auditorium tonight at 5:30 p.m.