President Truman's grandson visits East TN

10:45 PM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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President Harry S. Truman's grandson spoke to us Wednesday about his famous grandfather, and his current research trip to East Tennessee.

"He was about to send an inspector into East Tennessee because millions and millions of dollars were disappearing into a place that apparently didn't exist," said Clifton Truman Daniel.

Of course, he was talking about Oak Ridge and Y-12, which both played a vital role in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Daniel is working on a book that will tell both sides of the atomic bomb story, from workers in Oak Ridge to survivors of both atomic bomb explosions in Japan. He attended t he 67th anniversary of the bombings last year in Japan, and says survivors he talked to just want to make sure history does not repeat itself.

"The survivors I met are very remarkable people.  They reached out to me-- they are not bitter, they are not asking for an apology, they're just asking to tell their story so that we understand what happened and hopefully not making a mistake to repeat it again," he said.

Daniel will be speaking at the New Hope Visitors Center in Oak Ridge Thursday night at 7. Tickets are $20.

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