We all knew Japan was going to be a blood bath if we had to invade their homeland and the estimates of the casualties were in the millions. We were happy, but sad too, because we knew half the war was over, but the other half looked like it would be a long drawn out situation, one that would cause many more families to lose loved ones. We were too young to realize just what was going on and why so many adults were happy, but still had the look of dread on their faces this glorious day a day of celebration and reflection.
As it turned out, Japan was literally bombed by the Atom Bomb into submission before the year was out. But the horrible effect of that bomb would haunt the world to this day. It may have won the war with Japan, but it also started the war that could if it got out of hand cause the destruction of the planet and all of those who lived here. It ushered in the Atomic Age. The age of ships that run for years on one load of fuel, submarines that regularly prowl under the seas and ice of the world. We have power plants fueled by atomic energy and satellites that are too. And we have the prospect of complete annihilation hanging over us today. Russia, China, Pakistan, Israel, France and Britain even North Korea have the bomb and Iran is working on it. The big powers to me are not the problem those little rogue states are.
With the capitulation of Japan, World War II ended with much the same angst as it had started and with the same country that had indeed started every thing going. Japan, Germany, and all our European allies were devastated and in dire economic straits. We were the only country not torn apart by the war, the war we fought and won through perseverance and industry. A country that when all was said and done came to the help of all the rest of the world, our enemies as well as our allies were the beneficiaries of our help industrial as well as with food and safety of our huge at the time Armed Forces.