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In 1945, Lacy Hare saw devastation of Hiroshima

This is quite a story which reaches back to the end of World War II. It is about a young Adair County soldier, and an Army buddy, who who walked through the devastation of Hiroshima, and a reunion, by e-mail, of the son of the the Adair Countian and the daughter of Lacy Hare's wartime friend, who now lives in Albuquerque, NM. And there's one more Columbia/Hiroshima/Albuquerque twist which may is a more than charming than eerie little coincidence, to be seen in links to photographs, below.

The Adair Countian was the late Lacy Hare, the father of Columbia's Joe Hare. The New Mexican is Lacy Hare's Army buddy, Jack Swafford.Joe Hare sent the following letter to ColumbiaMagazine.com:

"ED, another big thanks to CM. Thought you might enjoy the far reaching arm of CM.

"I received the email below this afternoon and Lacy Hare was my father. I also remember him talking about the Jack Swafford referenced and I called the lady sending the email and talked awhile. She found me and my email through CM, she was looking for my Dad in the area.

"So thanks for the great job and it is for sure more people than Adair Countians look at CM. -JOE HARE"
The letter Joe Hare sent is printed below:
"Hi, Joe,

"My name is Sherry Kellam and I am the daughter of Jack Swafford whoserved in WWII in the 1874th Engineer Aviation Bn.

"He served with aman named Lacy Hare and we are wondering if you are related?

"My Dad has pictures of Hiroshima taken in Oct 1945 and he tells us heand Lacy walked around the devastation of Hiroshima and even walked in one of the few buildings left standing which is now the JapaneseMemorial.

"Dad will 85 on Friday and remembers Lacy being a few years older thanhim. We have at least one picture with Lacy in it. The Hiroshima pictures were taken by their battalions photographer and then hemailed a set to Dad and to Lacy after they returned home in early Jan1946.

"I did leave a message on the phone before I found this email address.

"Hope to hear from you." It was signed "Sherry, Albuquerque, NM"
It is indeed a small world today. We're asking Joe Hare to get a copy of the photo of his father with the Jack Swafford, and hope to be able to post it soon.

A coincidence not mentioned in the letter is a rather remarkable similarity between the crown on the Japanese (Hiroshima peace) Memorial (Genbaku Dome) mentioned in Sherry Kellam's letter to Joe Hare, and the crown on Begley Chapel at Lindsey Wilson College. The E. Fay Jones design is taller, but the crown on the Hiroshima shrine has a smaller crown enveloped with a larger one, just as the larger Begley Chapel crown has. To read more about the Hiroshima Peace Memorial at Wikipedia, Click Here. -CM


This story was posted on 2007-11-22 05:08:29
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Hiroshima, October 1945, as seen by Lacy Hare



2007-11-22 - Hiroshima, Japan - Photo From the collection of Sherri Kellam.
SCENE OF DESOLATION. The late Adair Countian Lacy Hare and Army friend Jack Swafford saw this scene of destruction when they visited the city in October of 1945. Just yesterday, Jack Swafford's daughter contacted Lacy Hare's son, Joe Hare, in Columbia, KY is renew the connection. Jack Swafford now lives in Albuquerque, NM. There's a remarkable similarity between the crown on the building in the background and the main crown on Columbia's Begley Chapel.

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