USS Augusta (CL/CA-31) was a Northampton-class cruiser of the United States Navy, notable for service as a headquarters ship during Operation Torch, Operation Overlord, Operation Dragoon, and for her occasional use as a presidential flagship carrying both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman under wartime conditions (including at the Atlantic Charter). (Wiki Source)
Did you know that Harry Truman met on the Augusta (in international waters, just off the coast of England) with King George VI. Winston Churchill would have accompanied King George on such a high-level meeting, but we have not yet found source material regarding this.
On August 2, 1945
King George VI and President Harry S. Truman met aboard the USS Augusta
King George VI’s Barge Travels to the USS Augusta
On August 6, 1945, during World War II, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion immediately killed an estimated 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.” (Source)
On 2 August, she embarked her distinguished passengers again, and received another visit from King George VI. Harry Truman was on the ship when he got the news that Hiroshima had been bombed by an atomic bomb. (Source)
Inquiring minds…. want to know.
Was Truman getting permission to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the British Monarch (Pilgrims) headed by King George VI? Why was the King meeting with Truman when Winston Churchill was Truman’s political equivalent. What was the Monarch’s (Pilgrim’s) role in the bombing of Japan?
Was Winston Churchill, the father of WWII, Truman’s handler for the Pilgrims?
Were there two nuclear bombs dropped, or were they just more firebombings that had annihilated dozens of Japanese cities?
Flash forward – will Joe Biden have to ask permission from Sir Nigel Knowles to bomb Russia?
You know who else was on the USS Augusta that day?
Robert Thomas Torba. (Apr. 11, 1950). Application for World War II Compensation, Form No. 1 No. 41921, Batch Control No. 32187. Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bureau.
Torba’s grandfather was “Robert Thomas Torba.” who served in the US Navy on the TOP SECRET USS Augusta Sep. 23, 1944 to Oct 12, 1945.
Note: This sentence: “Harry Truman was on the ship when he got the news that Hiroshima had been bombed by an atomic bomb.” is contained in the Wikipedia entry as of May 31, 2022. However, this sentence is REMOVED from the otherwise identical description of the USS Augusta history at the US Navy archives.
USS Augusta (CA-31). (Accessed May 21, 2022). Overview. Wikipedia.
Augusta IV (CL-31), 1931-1959. (Accessed May 31, 2022). Overview. Naval History and Heritage Command.
This sentence (“Harry Truman was on the ship when he got the news that Hiroshima had been bombed by an atomic bomb.”) is REMOVED from the otherwise identical description at the Naval History and Heritage Command at: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/%20a/augusta-iv.htm
Just who is Andrew Torba and why has he hidden his family ancestry? We wondered what skeletons might be in his family closet. See our recent post on Torba:
Lt. William M. Rigdon. (Jul. 06, 1945 to Aug. 7, 1945). Log of the PRESIDENT’S [Truman] TRIP to the BERLIN CONFERENCE [Potsdam]. U.S.S. Augusta.