Skip to comments.Photographer of atomic bomb destruction dies at 96
Posted on 12/18/2005 9:12:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) - Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel A. McGovern, a combat photographer who filmed the aftermath of the atomic bomb detonations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, has died. He was 96.
McGovern died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Laguna Woods.
Weeks after the bombs were dropped in August 1945, McGovern began taking photographs that have since appeared in history books, newspapers, television shows and movies. Earlier during the war, McGovern photographed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House.
In 1943, McGovern flew missions as a cameraman while stationed in Chelveston, England. He survived two crashes and shot footage used in William Wyler's 1944 wartime documentary, "The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress."
McGovern talked about his war experiences with the Los Angeles Times when Steven Spielberg's World War II film, "Saving Private Ryan," was released in 1998.
"Combat men don't like to talk about what they did," he said. "Airplanes crashing, headless bodies with helmets still on. Limbs here, limbs there. You say, 'There but for the grace of God,' but you don't talk about it. You relive it in your sleep. You go through recollections of pulling bodies out of airplanes - an experience you never forget."
He said he spoke about what he witnessed because of encouragement from his children and grandchildren.
McGovern and several colleagues founded the International Combat Cameramen Association to recognize photographers who risked their lives shooting combat footage.
After World War II, McGovern wrote, directed and produced classified films about nuclear weapons at Lookout Mountain, a secret Cold War-era government film lab and studio in the Hollywood Hills.
He is survived by his sister, four children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Like I said, we'll never know.
Not so!! There are two others God called out early, Rumor is since the bible says it's appointed unto each man a time to die, that they will be the prophets at the wailing wall during the tribulation whom the anti-christ will strike down and they will lay in the open for three days then rise again!!!
Looks like atomic weapons are good for business.
Clears out the dead wood.
Brings about peace.
Encourages people to live in peace as opposed to opening their yaps about ruling the world or wiping this or that country off the face of the earth.
I say, "Peace through superior firepower".
The sites were still contaminated with radiation. You may want to read a little more carefully. I never said to what degree. There is nothing to argue about here
But thanks for all those details.
Agreed. I've had more than cursory military training regarding tactical nuclear weapons. That said, I would rather have a 5kt. warhead as a coffee table support in my living room, than an attorney over for dinner. I know the warhead is safe.
Yes, Elijah was one, can't remember the other's name (I remembered Elijah's name but not how to spell it so I left him un-named...)
Lazarus got an awakening from the dead as well or so I heard.
OK, I will.
Q. Is there still radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Answer: "Atomic bombs differ from conventional bombs in emitting explosive energy on an entirely different order of magnitude and radiation. Of the emitted energy, 5% was initial radiation and 10% was residual radiation."
"The initial radiation emitted at the moment of detonation inflicted great damage to human bodies. Most of those exposed to direct radiation within a one-kilometer radius died. Residual radiation was emitted later. Roughly 80% of all residual radiation was emitted within 24 hours. Research has indicated that 24 hours after the bombing the quantity of residual radiation a person would receive at the hypocenter would be 1/1000th of the quantity received immediately following the explosion. A week later, it would be 1/1,000,000th. Thus, residual radiation declined rapidly."
The radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki today is on a par with the extremely low levels of background radiation (natural radioactivity) present anywhere on Earth. It has no effect on human bodies."
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I reckon that this site is about as well read on the subject as one can get!
This wasn't my question, but thanks for the info.
You must have forgotten about Cobalt Thorium G...
IIRC, you did not have a question, but a few erroneous opinions. And you're welcome.
IIRC, that it was the material used in the "Doomsday Device".
Specifically, what erroneous opinions are you referring too?
That's right, Mandrake.
Specifically, the following:
" Besides, it's no secret that atomic bombs put out lots of contamination in the form of radiation".
Not according to the City of Hiroshima Web Site.
I visited Trinity in April, 2003. Despite the cold weather, sleet, and rain, it was a great time. It's one thing to read about it, write my senior thesis on the Manhattan Project, but to actually get to walk there was something I had wanted to do for a long time.
There are two other nuclear test sites in New Mexico that one can visit but of course they were underground. One is the test South of Carlsbad and the other is about 60 or so miles East of Farmington.
"Besides, it's no secret that atomic bombs put out lots of contamination in the form of radiation".
Try "dial an argument". You may find it enjoyable.
|The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress - First Motion Picture Unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps
This film is a war documentary produced by one of the "Hollywood Colonels," William Wyler, who joined the Air Force Film unit and recorded the sights and sounds of the last mission of a B-17 bomber known as the Memphis Belle, named after the girlfriend of the pilot. A narrator told the story of the 10 crewmen as examples of simple average American boys doing a tough job. The men and plane were filmed during the bombing raid on the submarine plens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany, "just one mission of j...
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