Lt. William A. King was a member of the
army's counter-intelligence corps and was selected by Maj. Gen. Leslie
Groves as a courier for the Manhattan Engineer District. In that
capacity, he was responsible for hand-carrying the plutonium core of the
Fat Man bomb from Los Alamos to Tinian Island. On August 10, 1945,
the day after the Nagasaki mission, he was again ordered from
Washington, DC to San Francisco to accompany a second core to Tinian.
Hours prior to his leaving San Francisco for Tinian, he was notified
that the Japanese had surrendered. There are many fine and very
rare documents in this collection. Special thanks to Barbara King,
his daughter, for providing us with the following information.
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