Web Master's Note: For a complete history of Los
Alamos during the war years, "click" on the link below. From the
page "Why was Los Alamos Needed?", you will be able to navigate through 20
additional pages of Los Alamos history in chronological order.
Internal memorandum to Los Alamos personnel
signed by the Director, J. Robert Oppenheimer. This memo stresses
the need for continued secrecy after the public announcement of the
bombing of Hiroshima. Dated August 6, 1945.
This document is an internal memorandum to "All Military and Civilian
Personnel - Manhattan District" congratulating them on their success.
This memo is dated
August 9, 1945 and is signed by Maj. General Leslie R. Groves, Manhattan
Front page of the Santa Fe New Mexican dated August 6, 1945. Headline reads "Los Alamos Secret
Disclosed by Truman". Unfortunately the small print is
unreadable in this format, but the headlines and sub-headings give
adequate testimony to that era. Two of the sub-headings on this
page are: "Now They Can Be Told Aloud, Those Stories of 'the Hill'
" and "Tomato Juice Off Rationing".
More Terrible"; This article appeared in Life Magazine in August of 1945
and is based on an interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer; the last part of
this interview is missing and we apologize, however, this portion is very
to 100 scientists and administrators played a MAJOR role at Los Alamos,
including 20 Nobel laureates. See their photos and biographies
World War II, Monroe Messinger was recruited into the SED and assigned to the Manhattan
Project in Los Alamos, NM. As a sergeant, Monroe was in charge of
the 35 or so men who comprised the very first Special Engineering Detachment at
Los Alamos. This story illustrates how the Corp. of Engineers - Manhattan
District recruited young, college educated men & women and the series of
events that finally took them to that remote area in New Mexico - Los Alamos.
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