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Robert Smith discussed "The Story of Colonel Tibbets." The presentation was held at the Toledo Grecian Center.

The 1945 August 6 bombing mission of Colonel Tibbets and his B-29 crew of the 509th Composite Group effectively ended World War II in the Pacific, ultimately saving millions of lives, and ending a deadly war with no end in sight. Bringing the end to a war, which the Japanese started fourteen years earlier, liberated people of Chinese, Korean, British, French, Mongolian, Manchurian, Dutch, and Portuguese territories throughout the Asian-Pacific area from Japanese military occupation.

Colonel Tibbets served in North African, European, and Pacific Theaters. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He died in Columbus, OH on November 1, 2007 with no recognition or ceremony.