Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a humble marine engineer and maybe the luckiest man on the face of the earth. To know why, check out Tsutomu Yamaguchi story below.
Yamaguchi, a marine engineer, was born in Japan, March 16th, 1916. But that is not what this story is about.
During World War II, he worked for the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. He designed oil tanker ships that could bring petroleum to his isolated island nation.
As part of his job, he was often required to travel. In the summer of 1945, he spent three months working in a neighboring city, hoping the war would end soon.
As he was preparing to leave to go home on his last day, he remembered he had forgotten an important document.
He rushed back to get the document. And that is why he has was less than 3KM from the center of Hiroshima when the Enola Gay dropped Little Boy.
Unlike so many others, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was unhurt, although not without injury. He was able to return home and then go on to work the very next day.
The next day began like any other. Mr. Yamaguchi went to work and reported to his superiors.
While there, he told about his trip and then described what it was like when the bomb exploded. His bosses didn’t believe him; there was no way a whole city could be gone.
They thought he was crazy, but little did they know the next bomb was on its way.
At 11 AM on August 7th, the bomber Bockscar dropped the bomb Fat Man on the spot just over three kilometers away from where Mr. Yamaguchis was standing.
Mr. Yamaguchi once again emerged unscathed.
There are at least 70 known individuals to have experienced both bombs. Mr. Yamaguchi has the dubious distinction of being the only man to survive both atomic bombs. He died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 93.
An inspiring story? I think not.
This is an example that catastrophe is lurking out there, somewhere, and could strike at any time.
Should we let this keep us from doing the things that need to be done? No.
Be prepared and go about your business. You can’t control exterior forces, but you can control yourself.
Be prepared for bad times and catastrophes but don’t let it get in the way of living your life now.