Thursday, December 5, 2013
CENTURY VILLAGE EYEWITNESS TO HIROSHIMA 2 WEEKS AFTER ATOMIC BOMB BLAST INTERVIEWED ON CHANNEL 63
Watch Channel 63 at 8:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.—
Rocco (“Rocky”) Allario—a Windsor resident in Century Village—had a unique experience as a young sailor during World War II. His ship, the USS AR5 Vulcan, was docked across a channel from Hiroshima two weeks after the atomic bomb blast. When he heard that his cousin, a photographer with the US Army, was actually in Hiroshima––the ONLY U.S. serviceman there––on assignment photographing the devastation, Rocky asked for permission to join him there for two weeks. Permission was granted.
Turn to Channel 63 at 8:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. during the next few weeks for Kitty Gragg's interview of Rocky. There is footage showing Rocky and his cousin in uniform, some local Japanese, and some of the terrible damage to the city, which extended "from the ocean to the mountains." Rocky's cousin spent several weeks in Hiroshima and died 10-15 years later from throat cancer.