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ARMED FORCES DAY: Vet recalls Nagasaki bombing

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday — that in itself is worth celebrating.

However, when you talk to Barney, it’s not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago — the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.

As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.

Today, he is the only surviving member of the nine- man crew.

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