King of Prussia World War II Vet’s Photo Collection Heading to Library of Congress

Milton Dienes stands in front of an easels displaying decades-old photographs showing scenes like wreckage from the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Never realizing they would be so honored, King of Prussia veteran, Milton Dienes, is about to have his rare collection of photos from World War II copied and added to the Library of Congress, writes Marissa Stern for Jewish Exponent.

The 92-year-old veteran served in the 9th Photographic Technical Squadron which was part of the 20th Air Force Strategic Air Command during World War II. During the war, his squadron was assigned the task of photographing and processing photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while the bombs were dropped, and of the after effects.

The rare collection includes photos of not only the wreckage in the aftermath of the devastating explosions, but even includes images of the mushroom clouds from the bombs exploding.He has also been invited to share his experience at speaking engagements.

“No question the vivid impression that still sticks with you is the devastation and destruction of the city itself,” said Dienes.“I like the opportunity to be able to tell the story because I think people should be kept aware of it.“

Read more about the historic photographs at Jewish Exponent by clicking here.

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