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Don A. Farrell
Tinian and the Bomb chronicles the important and often overlooked role Tinian in the Mariana Islands
played in the atomic bombing of Japan at the end of World War II. As part of the Manhattan
Project, Project Alberta and Operation Centerboard, Tinian was integral in the plan
to drop atomic bombs on Japan. The book captures this history as gathered from documents
and images held in the National Archives, Record Group 77. The book documents how
the Army Corps of Engineers, guided by the Los Alamos Laboratory in cooperation with
the US Army Air Forces and the US Navy and its Seabees, constructed facilitates on
Tinian capable of assembling and delivering as many atomic bombs as necessary to bring
WWII to a successful end without an invasion of the Japanese home islands. As predicted,
two atomic bombs, one uranium and one plutonium, were launched from Tinian and dropped
in rapid succession, resulting in the unconditional surrender of Japanese military
forces. This prevented the political partition of Japan (as happened with Korea and
Germany) and led to the US-Japan security alliance that remains the cornerstone of
peace in the Pacific today.
Don A. Farrell came to Guam from California as a teacher in 1977. He taught at Inarajan
Junior High and John F. Kennedy High School.
Three years later, in 1980, he switched careers to become a public relations officer
for the Guam Legislature. He was the chief of staff to the Speaker of the Guam Legislature,
Carl Gutierrez, from 1982 to 1986.In 1980 he founded Micronesian Productions and began publishing books.
He also recently published a textbook on Marianas History from ancient times through
the Spanish era and is currently working on another book, “The Tinian Atomic Bomb
Farrell moved to Tinian in 1987 where he continues to do historical research, write
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