Declassifying Operation Downfall
May 06, 2009
Dear Mr. Gregory,
With pleasure I read your article on-line, about Operation Downfall. I am alive today, because that invasion was not necessary, thanks to the a-bombs. I'm involved in a debate with others who are saturated with typical revisionist history, that the a-bombs were fully unnecessary, that they were dropped only to impress Stalin, etc. You will know this problem.
In any case, there are many quotes from notables claiming the a-bombs were not necessary, but it is my contention few of them knew about Operation Downfall, which remained classified for many years. So now I am trying to find out when, exactly, declassification occurred. Do you know this date?
Thanks very much, and also thanks for your service to freedom in those difficult years.
All the best,
No report that I can find gives the actual date of declassification of Operation Downfall documents.
All reports just say " Now declassified documents." very frustrating!!
I am in complete accord with you, I would most likely not be here but for Truman taking the decision to use the Atomic Bomb, all the non user fraternity, no doubt, were never at risk in Operation Downfall.
This book may have the actual date of declassification of Operation Downfall documents, here it just indicates in the 1990's.