Andersonville National Historic Site is part of the National Parks Service (NPS). The National Prisoner of War Museum was opened in 1998 as the park's visitor center and to tell the story of Prisoners Of War (POW) throughout American History.
Hiroshima POW Memorial Plaque
Plaque devoted to nine Americans killed at Hiroshima by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Memorialized are nine American airmen. Crew members of B-24J "Lonesome Lady" 44-40680 including John A. Long, Jr., James M. Ryan, Hugh H. Atkinson, Buford J. Ellison, Ralph J. Neal and Durden W. Looper. Charles O. Baumgartner gunner aboard B-24J "Taloa" 44-40716. Raymond Porter and Norman R. Brissette the crew of SBC2 Helldiver 21079. The plaque does not list two other Americans now known to have died in Hiroshima also Ensign John J. Hantschel pilot F6F Hellcat 77934 and Julius Molnar, gunner B-24J "Taloa"44-40716. The plaque reads:
|"In honor and memory of the U.S. Army Air Force and U.S. Navy airmen who lost their lives while prisoners of war at Hiroshima, Japan the day of the bomb - August 6, 1945.
- S/Sgt Charles O. Baumgartner - USAAF
- 2nd/Lt. Durden Looper - USAAF
- 2nd/Lt. James M. Ryan - USAAF
- Sgt Hugh H. Atkinson - USAAF
- Cpl John A. Long, Jr. - USAAF
- S/Sgt. Buford J. Ellison - USAAF
- S/Sgt Ralph J. Neal - USAAF
- Lt/JG. Raymond G. Porter - USN
- A/3C. Norman Roland Brissette - USN
The bravery suffering, and devotion to duty... earned them a permanent place in the hearts of all Americans. Their heroism is a beacon to follow forever. - President Ronald Regan June 27 1985"