Soldier with “Spots of Death”

Sōhachi Kimura1945-09-03/1945-09-03

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima, Japan

This 21-year-old soldier was exposed in a wooden house within 1 kilometer of the hypocenter. He received medical care for gashes on his back and right abdomen. On August 18th he lost his hair and on the 29th his gums bled. Purple subcutaneous hemorrhage spots began appearing on his skin, and on the 31st he started a fever. On September 1st he could not drink because of throat pain and his gums began bleeding continuously. Purple spots proliferated all over his face and upper body. On the 2nd he lost consciousness, and he died at 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd.


  • Title: Soldier with “Spots of Death”
  • Creator: Photo by Gonichi Kimura Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum collection
  • Date: 1945-09-03/1945-09-03
  • Location: the Ujina Branch of Hiroshima First Army Hospital

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