STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- 67 years ago, August 6th, 1945, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk was flying toward history in a Boeing Silverplate B-29 with Col. Paul Tibbetts loaded with "Little Boy-The Atomic Bomb."
As the navigator of Enola Gay his biggest concern was getting away from the Hirsoshima - - alive.
Major Van Kirk is the last living member of the crew.
He lives in St Mountain near his daughter on this anniversary.
"I flew 68 missions in B-17's. I flew the atomic mission. I should be dead," said the Pennsylvania native who graduated from Bucknell University after the war with a degree in chemical engineering.
Major Van Kirk was born in February of 1921. He is 92 years old and 67 years removed from the Enola Gay. His military career is legendary. He is most storied navigator of the first half of the 20th century. It was a career yielding the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 air medals.
As for the anniversary of an event that changed world history, I asked if any years were different.
"Not really, they come and go. I try not to c elebrate in it because it's nothing to celebrate," said Major Van Kirk.
Strewn across his desk, dozens of pictures of the Enola Gay crew and memorabilia from one of the United States most decorated and legendary flight crews.
Last week in Wisconsin he flewaboard the last B-29 still flying.
Taking part in such events stir his soul, heart and thememories of a different time.
Recently while signing copies of his new book, " My True Course, Northumberland to Hiroshima," in Washington D.C., The Smithsonian offered him a unique opportunity.
"They asked if I wanted to get up in the Enola Gay. No, No. Too many memories of old timers. Paul Tibbiitts, Tom Ferenbee, Wyatt Duzenbury, I don't want to get up in that airplane."
Major Van Kirk is clear of conscience, and clear in his advice for America in 2012.
"Stay out of war. Don't get involved in any war even a war in Afghanistan or a war in Iraq or anything of that type. World War II was justified. We were attacked by the Japanese."
He has a new book about his remarkable life. He will be signing at the Marietta Museum of history Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.