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It's Over

We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!

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I lived with my parents and sister at State College, New Mexico, where my father was a professor. I was an 11-year-old seriously interested in the events of World War II, which I followed through radio reports and magazine accounts. Weeks before the Japanese capitulation, I witnessed the first atomic bomb test; the light of the blast, some 100 miles away, illuminated my bedroom. My family was excited with the news of the end of the war, but at the same time they were anxious for news of close friends captured in the fall of Bataan in 1942. Outcomes were both happy and sad.

James H. Haight
Rio Rancho, NM





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