There may still be about 1.4 million U.S. veterans of World War II still living, but the passing last week of Capt. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, in Stone Mountain, Ga., in many closes the story of that war. There are still stories to be told, to be sure, by those WWII veterans still needing to tell their tales. Van Kirk, however, was part of the mission that ended the war for good: he was the navigator aboard the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on Hiroshima.
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