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    Manhattan Project: Program for the Army-Navy Production Award Ceremony Signed by Key Members of the Atomic Bomb Project, including: Major General Leslie R. Groves, Officer in Charge; Commodore W. S. Parsons, Associate Director, Los Alamos Project; Colonel K. D. Nichols, Manhattan District Engineer; Major Matthew H. Imrie; Dr. Robert G. Sproul, President of the University of California; Brigadier General W. A. Collier; Stanley Stewart; and, others. There are a total of fifteen signatures on the cover of the program. The ceremony was held at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory on October 16, 1945. The program measures 6.25" x 9.35" and has four pages with an embossed color production award flag on the cover. The program is accompanied by a 9.5" x 7.5" black and white photograph of General Groves presenting the production scroll and the distinguished guests on the dais, most of whom signed this program.

    Together with the 3.75" x 2.5" identification card issued to twelve-year-old Clara Jo Noel by the War Department U. S. Engineer Office for the Los Alamos Laboratory. Young Miss Noel, the daughter of a laboratory contractor, collected the signatures at the ceremony. Minor smudges to the program, else all fine.

    The man who accepted the scroll from General Groves was the director of the Los Alamos project, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. In his speech, Oppenheimer issued a warning, "If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima." He added that, "The peoples of the world must unite, or they will perish. This war, that has ravaged so much of the earth, has written these words. The atomic bomb has spelled them out for all men to understand. Other men have spoken them, in other times, of other wars, of other weapons. They have not prevailed. There are some, mislead by a false sense of human history, who [sic] hold that they will not prevail today. It is not for us to believe that. By our works we are committed, committed to a world united, before the common peril, in law, and in humanity." After the ceremony, as Clara Jo was gathering the signatures, Robert Oppenheimer rushed past her, with his usual preoccupied look. She missed her opportunity to obtain his signature for October 16, 1945, was the day Robert Oppenheimer resigned as director of the Los Alamos project.


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