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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday â€” that in itself is worth celebrating.
However, when you talk to Barney, itâ€™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 â€” 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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