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9 August1945
exact date of 09 of August 1945
day of the month 09 August 1945
calendar day - 08 of August year - 1945
month of Augustdecade of the 1940s.
1900s century

To: Miss Margie Krumpleman
Box 168 R.R.#4, Buttermilk Rd., Erlanger, Kentucky USA.

From: S/Sgt Jos. E. Lehman 35633019 CE
Los Alamos P.O. Box 180, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA,.


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Hello Margie

Received your letter some time ago and was very glad to hear from you Dont have your letter here just now but will try to get off a few lines anyhow

Suppose you have heard the news about the new Atomic Bomb by now Some stuff huh It is definitely the most wonderful thing to happen in the th Century

You have often asked what I am doing and where I am stationed etc Well now I can tell you a little bit anyhow I am stationed at Los Alamos just outside of Santa Fe New Mexico We are engaged in making the Atomic Bomb All the research on the subject was done here This is probably the most modernly equipped and the largest laboratory in the US It has been a very secret project and the best kept secret of the war Even the people in Santa Fe didnt know what was going on here All they knew was that there was some kind of project up in the mountains and that there was a lot of activity there Everyone was making wild guesses and some came fairly close but no one was sure And now that the secret has been let out this is probably one of the most famous little cities in the world Outside of Hiroshima of course where the damage was done

A few weeks ago we had an experimental bomb south of Albuquerque at the Alamogordo Army Air Base You no doubt read about that Well I was one of a fortunate few that witnessed it It was a sight that Ill never forget as long as I live The "thing" created the brightest light and the loudest roar of anything yet known to man It has been called one of the most fiendish things known to man and I can heartily agree to it It is terrible and I certainly thankful that we were the ones that discovered it first

We have quite a few GIs here and also a lot of civilians Due nnnto that fact it makes it a bit different than a regular army camp We have a veritable city of our own here complete with movies stores and PXs It is hidden away in the mountains

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is fairly inaccessible It sure was a good spot for this place It is thoroughly guarded and no unauthorized person could possibly get in We are about miles from Santa Fe but get in fairly often Then too Albuquerque is just miles from Santa Fe so we get down there once in a while too

A lot of people wondered why fellows like me had not gone overseas I hope this new discovery makes it clear to them When we first got the news of the bomb being dropped last Monday morning we were very excited It made us all feel very proud to know that we had a part if only a small one in its completion It has been the greatest scientific advance in the th Century Although it is a terrible war weapon it has a variety to uses in civilian life Of course these will have to wait a while but when the time comes it will really be something Well I guess thats enough blowing off about me How are you doing And how are your folks Hope everyone is feeling fine and not working too hard How is the weather up there We have had pretty nice weather but today it really rained In fact I believed it was the hardest rain since Ive been up here Reminded me of the rains we used to have in Louisiana Thank the good Lord that those days are gone forever I hope

Well Marge guess thats just about all for now Have you heard anything from my brother I havent heard for some time and Mother hasnt heard anything for about a week Shes a little worried but I know the mail is held up over there Tell your folks I said "Hello" and Be Good Write when you can

Your Cousin

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