Martin Quigley, Who Tried to Prevent Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first — and so far, only — nation to use a nuclear weapon in war. That was the day the Enola Gay dropped a bomb codenamed “Little Boy” that decimated the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

But Hiroshima didn’t have to happen.

And in 1991, I met a man who tried to prevent it.

His name was Martin Quigley. In World War Two he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS — the forerunner tp the CIA.

Quigley told me that in finding and recruitingv just the right person to get a message to Tokyo, he had a critical choice to make:

So Martin Quigley got secret messsages through his contact to the Japanesee foreign ministry, in the form of two diplomatic cables.
In any case, the communication continued — and Martin Quigley put his mark on history:

Martin Quigley died in 2011 at age 93.

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