Atomic bomb brings distant communities together

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By Kirsten Laskey

When local historian Nancy Bartlit traveled halfway across the world to Tinian, it not only forged bonds between the island in the Philippine Sea and Los Alamos, but helped complete a personal tour of the WWII atomic bombs.
Beginning Aug. 5, Bartlit took part in “The Manhattan Project and Tinian: An Educational Symposium.”
The symposium recognized what Los Alamos and Tinian contributed to WWII.
Los Alamos, of course, developed the nuclear bomb while Tinian offered the airfield strips used by the airplanes that carried the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bartlit said 200 people attended the symposium, which featured tours of the island, radio interviews and guest speakers.
Bartlit was one of the speakers. She said she discussed Los Alamos’ history including the Ranch School and J. Robert Oppenheimer.
A highlight, she said, was when Maj. General Douglas Owens, vice commander of the Pacific Air Forces, “thanked me (for my presentation). He said it was a fascinating history and he appreciated what I said.”

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