Tomorrow, August 6th, is the 75th anniversary of the first-ever use of a nuclear weapon in war, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
At the controls of the B-29 called the Enola Gay was a young pilot named Paul Tibbetts.
After the war, Tibbetts returned to a very humble and private life in Ohio.
As the 1990s were drawing to a close, Chicago Tribune columnist and author Bob Greene was finally, after years of trying, to get Paul Tibbetts to talk about his history-making flight.
The result was Greene’s book “Duty.”
So here now, from 2001, Bob Greene.
Paul Tibbetts died in 2007 at age 92.
Bob Greene is 73 now. He left thre Chicago Tribune in 2002. His last book was publsihed in 2009.