Thomas F. Farrell

(1891 - 1967)

The deputy commanding general of the Manhattan Project, Thomas F. Farrell watched the first detonation of a nuclear device from ten thousand yards away. Civilian passersby also witnessed the Trinity explosion, including a blind woman who registered the bomb’s light, although the Office of Censorship thwarted many accounts from being made public. Following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Farrell led a group to investigate the aftermaths of the explosions as well as oversaw a propaganda campaign involving radio broadcasts and the dropping of sixteen million leaflets.

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