A Mason Dropped the Bomb

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
Bro. Robert H. Johnson

The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness. ~Harry S. Truman

When we remember Truman, there are so many amazing things that come to mind. He is celebrated as both a great Mason and a great president. He always seemed like such a down to earth individual. Several articles have been published about him, right here on the Midnight Freemasons. 

Michael H. Shirley and Todd E. Creason have both written of his amazing talents, great leadership and of course, his Masonry. Todd and Steve Harrison cover him and some interesting stories in their respective books, Famous American Freemasons and Tales from the Craft (available on amazon). 

One thing we always joke about and what has been food for countless conspiracy theorists is that Truman is the only President to drop the Atomic Bomb in a conflict. Truman's words above, seem to echo the sentiment of a certain matter-of-factness that only he exhibited, in his own way. 

He never treated the act as some sort of thing to be held over anyone or nation. To him, it was a tool, an instrument and dare I say a working tool in a different kind of act. 

Click the link below to read some of Truman's thoughts on the A-Bomb from his diary and letters.



Bro. Robert Johnson, 32°

is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He is the Master of Waukegan Lodge No. 78 and Education officer for the 1st N.E. District of Illinois as well as a member on the Grand Lodge Education Committee. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies, AMD, The Illinois Lodge of Research and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago as well as a charter member of the Society of King Solomon, a charity organization run by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts weekly Podcasts (internet radio programs) Whence Came You? & Masonic Radio Theatre which focus on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is also a co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a Masonic talk show. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is currently working on a book of Masonic essays.


  1. LT. Ted "Dutch" Van Kirk, navigator aboard the Enola Gay, was also a Mason. He was the last surviving member of the crew.