The Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association, Inc.

"Preserving, Exhibiting, Interpreting and Teaching the History of the Manhattan Project"


Home Site Map Contact Us Feedback Mission

Lt. William A. King

Nagasaki Bomb Core Courier to Tinian Island

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.

      Back to

 

Images 1 to 25

 

Images 26 to 39


Biography-1 Biography-2 Biography-3 MPP-WKIN-01 MPP-WKIN-02
Biography Biography Biography
Page 1 of 3 Page 2 of 3 Page 3 of 3 William King - Civilian Clothes - Army Counter Intelligence - 1942 William King - Civilian Clothes - Army Counter Intelligence - 1942

MPP-WKIN-03 MPP-WKIN-04 MPP-WKIN-05 MPP-WKIN-06 MPP-WKIN-07
Sgt. William King -Army Counter Intelligence - 1942 Citation - S/Sgt William King -  Counter-Intelligence - 6/11/43 - Page 1 of 2 Citation - S/Sgt William King -  Counter-Intelligence - 6/11/43 - Page 2 of 2 Legion of Merit - S/Sgt William King -  Counter-Intelligence - 7/7/43 Security Intelligence School - Chicago 1944 - T/Sgt. William King on Right

MPP-WKIN-08 MPP-WKIN-09 MPP-WKIN-10 MPP-WKIN-11 MPP-WKIN-12
T/Sgt. William King - SIC School - Chicago - 1944 T/Sgt. William King - SIC School - Chicago - 1944 List of Officers Transferred from Military Intelligence Training Center to Manhattan Engineer District - Oak Ridge - 2/6/45 Lt. William King Transferred from Oak Ridge to New York City MED Intelligence - 2/26/45 Lt. William King is Assigned to Chief of Staff's Office - Washington, DC - 5/21/45

MPP-WKIN-13 MPP-WKIN-14 MPP-WKIN-15 MPP-WKIN-16 MPP-WKIN-17
1st Overseas Shipment - Lt. King to Accompany Shipment from San Francisco by Boat to Tinian Island - 5/31/45

Lt. William King is Assigned to the 1st Technical Service Detachment MED - 5/23/45

Memo Identifies Lt. William King as an Official Army Courier - Signed by Maj. General Groves - 5/31/45 Embarkation Tickets - Note "Green Hornet" Written On It - 7/18/45 Lt. King Returns to U.S. After 1st Overseas Shipment Delivered - 7/19/45

MPP-WKIN-18 MPP-WKIN-19 MPP-WKIN-20 MPP-WKIN-21 MPP-WKIN-22
Lt. King Ordered to Accompany 2nd Overseas Shipment to Tinian Island - 7/23/45 Lt. King Ordered to Accompany 3rd Overseas Shipment to Tinian Island - 8/10/45 - Japan Surrenders Before He Departs Lt. King Ordered to Remain in San Francisco from 8/12/45 to 8/24/45 Lt. King and Daughter, Barbara - August 1945 Lt. King - Travel Orders - San Francisco to Wendover Field - Sept. 17, 1945

 

Official Test Count Commenced 09/05/04 -  Hit Counter

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU SEE A YELLOW "ENTER" BUTTON ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT "CLICK" ON IT.  THIS WILL TAKE YOU TO A GAMBLING SITE WHICH WAS ADDED TO OUR WEB SITE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION!

Don't Miss Our Atomic Bomb General Store!

This web site contains over 3,300 pages and 2,400 photos.  More are being added each month.  This web site is made possible though donations from our members and friends.  We would be honored if you could make a small contribution to help us keep this project going.  Please "click" on the Amazon.com button below..it's fast, it's painless and it's tax deductible!

Click Here to Pay Learn More Amazon Honor System

 

   This web site is growing by 150 pages per month - Click "What's New" to see what has recently been added and what is in line to be added in the coming months!

 

Veterans Memorial  |  Directory of Photos  |  Gallery of Photos  |  Scientific Hall of Fame

Contact Us  |  Feedback  |  Foreign Visitors  |  Board of Advisors

Los Alamos  |  Oak Ridge  |  Hanford  |  509th CG  |  Met Lab

Send mail to support@childrenofthemanhattanproject.org with questions or comments about this web site.

Unless explicitly specified otherwise, this page and all other pages at this site are Copyright 2000-2004 by The Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association. Use of text, images, layout, format, look, or feel of these pages, without the written permission of the copyright holder, except as specified in the Copyright Notice, is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.

Created using Microsoft FrontPage 2002
Last modified: August 03, 2005

Copyright Notice  |  Privacy Notice