In the waning hours of World War II, Stanley Troutman made a rebellious decision to trade one historic scene for another.
It involved ditching Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was about to sign the Japanese surrender to end the hostilities on Sept. 2, 1945. Troutman, a civilian photographer in the American war picture pool, had a choice spot for the ceremony on the USS Missouri.
Then one of his colleagues told him there was a chance to travel to Nagasaki. They would be the first American civilians to document the aftermath of the atomic bomb that had destroyed the Japanese city nearly a month before.