Paul Tibbets: An American Hero

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Paul Tibbets is not just an american hero, but he is also an international hero. His actions 60 years ago can still be felt and seen today. As a child he dreamt of being a pilot, but little did he know, that he would become one of the most famous pilots in history. Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The atomic bomb led to the surrendering of the Japanese and an end to the war in the Pacific theater. His actions on August 9, 1945 significantly impacted the world by saving the lives of millions around the world, making the United States a new world superpower, and redefining humanity.
Tibbets saved millions of lives from all corners of the globe. After the devastating war, millions
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The United States has been more supportive of the dropping of the atomic bomb than the receiver of the attack, Japan. Many lives were lost both in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the U.S. acknowledges their grief. However, the Japanese would have been abolished in their attempts to save their homeland if an invasion were to commence. Nonetheless, the United States believes that the dropping of the atomic bomb was necessary, to end the loss of life on a larger scale. Paul may be known in Japan as an infamous individual, but he impacted everyone who lives there. Japan could be a war torn nation, trying to develop from the ruins of a war, but instead they are a prospering country and a world power, all in thanks to Paul …show more content…
Paul is the type of person that only comes every few hundred years. The amount of emotional distress that the human mind goes through after an event of this magnitude is unknown. Paul was the only one who would follow through with the mission and also be able to handle the controversy over what he did, for his whole life. Unfortunately Paul passed away in 2007, but his legacy will be known for the course of human history. Paul had to deal with many aggravations through his life, and one of those was that he wanted to be buried in Arlington cemetery with his brothers of war, but he respected his brothers and decided to not be buried there because he knew that his headstone would become a place of gathering for people that disliked him. He respected the families of the fallen soldiers and decided to be buried in an undisclosed location(Bob Greene).This is just one of the many amazing things that make Paul such a great person. He also had to go into isolation from the world of media and he settled in a small town where he knew no one but he knew that he would offend less people there. In a BBC interview with Paul’s friends, they talked about how over the years they come to realize Paul’s struggle with this part of his life that would never go away. His best friend Theodore Van Kirk,

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