Cremation Site Nagasaki I had never before witnessed the obvious military influence on the young until I watched this boy bring his dead brother to a cremation site. Every kid I knew in America would not have been able to cope like this young boy did. He stood rigid, no emotion seen except for the terrible unshed tears. I wanted to go to him, to comfort him—but I was afraid. If I did his strength would have crumpled, leaving him defenseless in agony and grief. I did nothing. —Joe O’Donnell Quoted from Japan 1945: A U.S. Marine’s Photographs from Ground Zero by Joe O’Donnell (Vanderbilt University Press, February 2005). Joe O’Donnell was a photographer for the U.S. Marines. He took this picture in September 1945. He returned to Japan in the 1980s to look for this boy, but could not find him.