BESERMedals"The Stakes Were Too High..." Lt. Jacob Beser explains in his own words, his view on war and the winning of WWII.

"As in any war, our goal was, as it should be, to win. The stakes were too high to equivocate. We had to do what was necessary! Humane warfare is an oxymoron. War, by definition, is barbaric. I particularly feel a special sense of indignation at those self-proclaimed humanitarians that make an acceptable or intolerable distinction between the use of nuclear explosives or the use of conventional explosives and/or fire bombing or bullets as the means of killing the enemy. To try and distinguish between an acceptable method of killing and an unacceptable method is ludicrous. In my mind, to suggest that one specific act of war is barbaric and thereby are acceptable and consequently legal! If you have to die in warfare, what is the difference of being killed by a bomb or a bullet?"

"We do not claim that we as mortal men alone won the war. We do not claim that the thousands of men and women on the home front that designed and built the atomic bombs in record time won the war. A secret weapon far greater and far more powerful than the atomic bomb won the war... American ingenuity, industry and unanimity of purpose were the deciding factors."

~ Jacob Beser, October 1945