Among the most memorable vets I have encountered were two from World War II, Herb Sussan and Dan McGovern. They shot the official military footage in the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and then struggled to have it released so the world could be warned of the true dimensions of what the bomb could do. But they could not break through an incredibly harmful "coverup."
Since meeting Sussan, I have covered this and related stories, journeyed to the atomic cities, written dozens of major articles, was adviser to an award-winning 2005 doc film (Original Child Bomb) and co-authored with Robert Jay Lifton the book Hiroshima in America (click on book cover at left for more about it). You can read a long take on all of this at Huff Post today. Below: some of the suppressed footage, now released.