The Beser Foundation for Archival Research and Preservation's mission is three-fold:
* To ensure accurate information is preserved and conveyed so that present and future generations will know the truth about the atomic bombs and the events leading up to and after their deployment, and understand the implications to protect future generations
* To provide effective resources to assist Veterans in receipt of disability, awards, and pensions
* To deliver internship programs to teach research methodology and ways to accurately record history, providing expert historians as mentors
Lt. Jacob Beser:
Lt. Beser interrupted his engineering studies at Johns Hopkins University to join the Army a day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was eventually assigned to a special Army Air Force unit training at the secret atomic test center at Los Alamos, N.M., for the missions that would bring an end to World War II.
As the radar operator, he was also responsible for insuring that radio broadcasts did not accidentally trigger the fusing devices, as the bomber Enola Gay flew over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and dropped the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare. He filled the same role when a sister plane, Bock's Car, attacked Nagasaki with an atomic bomb three days later.
Mr. Beser, who retired in 1985 as an engineer for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, always defended the Government's decision to drop the bombs, citing the heavy American casualties that had been expected if ground troops were to invade Japan.
He frequently spoke about his role and wrote a book, "Hiroshima and Nagasaki Revisited" (Marshall, 1988), which dealt with the two missions and his visit to the cities on the 40th anniversary of the attacks.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
JEROME BESER initially set out to honor his father, Jacob "The Raven" Beser, by completing the book his father was writing before his death. Jacob Beser was the only man to fly on the strike aircraft for both missions of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over his lifetime, starting immediately after the Nagasaki mission, Jacob collected an extensive archive of documents and media coverage to ensure the accurate details and lessons learned from the use of atomic weapons would be preserved,
never forgotten, and hopefully never used again.
Jerome & Jack Spangler (Jacob Beser's closest friend) completed the book, The Rising Sun Sets: the Complete Story of the Bombing of Nagasaki, and in the process became involved in other projects including the search for and return of soldiers and sailors still missing in action from World War II and Korea. It was then that they decided to continue and expand efforts by bringing together a team of highly skilled individuals to create The Beser Foundation for Archival Research and Preservation. Much of his initial efforts were to encourage others to become more engaged in locating, cataloging and preserving the records of the past.
The Foundation continues to locate as many of these collections as possible and provides a safe, no-cost repository of digital copies to ensure their preservation and accessibility to all. It is hoped that with the efforts of the Foundation, and the efforts of the others with similar interests, we will be able to obtain and preserve materials that accurately validate historical events from the past up to the current times.
The Foundation also provides resources to aid in MIA research and recovery.