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Henry Stimson - Secretary of War

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Henry Stimson was the Secretary of War for both Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. 

The only written authority which President Truman gave for use of the atomic bomb, which is publicly available, is a handwritten note to Stimson (on the reverse side of a cable that he had sent to the President on July 30, 1945).

Both Truman and Stimson attended the Potsdam Conference where leaders of other countries agreed to issue an ultimatum to Japan.  That ultimatum, which included total surrender, was rejected by the Japanese government.

Maintained at the U.S. National Archives, this photograph has the following description:

Secretary of War Stimson and Col. W. H. Kyle in Berlin

Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Col. W. H. Kyle arrive at Gatow Airport in Berlin for the Potsdam Conference.   Photo by United States Army Signal Corps.  July 16, 1945

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.   ARC Identifier 540225.

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