West Wendover in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
509th Composite Group – First Atomic Bombardment
—President Harry S. Truman, August, 1945.
In Memory. This monument is dedicated to the members of the 509th Composite Group, United States Air Force, who trained at the Wendover, Utah, Army Air Force Base in 1944-45, for the vital, secret mission of delivering the first atomic bombs on Japanese targets in August 1945. The combined efforts of all members of the United States Army and the United States Navy who created the massive armed service support of this historic endeavor share this important dedication that brought World War II to a much earlier conclusion.
Recognition is given to the scientific teams who created this awesome weapon, those who sacrificed their lives in the Pacific Theatre, Allied forces in other theatres of action during World War II, and all contributed to bring this dreadful war to an end.
The loss of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan are especially recognized in this memorial for their sacrifice to mankind’s struggle for a more peaceful world.
May this monument stand as a symbol of hope that mankind will reason and world together for the ultimate goal of world peace.
Location. 40° 44.228′ N, 114° 3.405′ W. Marker is in West Wendover, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is on Wendover Boulevard west of U.S. 93, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wells NV 89835, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hastings Cutoff (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wendover Will Reclaims Skyline Once Again (approx. 0.9 miles away); Control Tower (approx. 1.2 miles away in Utah); Bomb Squadron Hangar (approx. 1.2 miles away in Utah); South Base Area (approx. 1.2 miles away in Utah). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Wendover.
1. 509th Memorial
I am a veteran of the 509th and was present at the dedication of the memorial during our reunion in 1990. (45th Anniversary) I understand that they are refurbishing it.
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • War, World II •
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