We had the privilege of a personalized Tour of Tinian this week. The pastor of the SDA church on Tinian met us at the airport after our probably 7 minute flight, and showed us all the sights on the island.
Tinian was severely hit by Typhoon Yuto last fall, one of the strongest ever to hit a US property. Winds from 180 – 190 MPH! Saipan was hit very hard too, but more on that in a later blog.
There is nothing funny about people whose homes were destroyed, or people living in tents donated by FEMA (They were VERY helpful here, donating housing materials, tents, and even generators), but I did find humor in some power lines…
Tinian is well known as the site the Atomic Bombs were flown from, on the way to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We saw what’s left of the airfield and some Japanese buildings from when they used the airfields.
The Atomic Bombs, nicknamed “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” were loaded from pits in the ground up into the bombers. They have now placed protective glass covers over these pits.
Evidence of Japanese shrines:
Here is my video Tribute to Tinian: