During WWII, 1st Lieutenant and combat artist, Richard Chambers, was assigned to create pieces for the U.S. Army Air Forces archive. One of those pieces was titled “Under the Mushroom Cloud at Hiroshima” – taken from Karelia’s firsthand account of the atomic bomb’s devastation. Decades later, when it was discovered by Kaleria’s son, Anthony, it was hanging in the Pentagon as a reminder of the impact the bombing had – not only on Japan and the U.S. – but on the world.
(Courtesy, United States Air Force, Art Collection)
The Palchikoff family photos were recently shared by the Hiroshima Peace Media. As the atomic bomb destroyed so many images, it’s important that we archive these valuable snapshots of what life was like before August 1945.
In an interview for the United States Strategic Bombing Survey in December 1945, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago gives an eyewitness account of August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.