75 YEARS AGO: In July 1946, William L. McGee, U.S. Navy, was one of the 42,000 military, scientists, and civilian personnel assembled at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands for the first postwar tests of the atomic bomb — code name: Operation Crossroads. He witnessed the tests from aboard the deck of the USS Fall River (CA-131), Flagship for the Target Fleet. He chronicles his participation in Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account.
Other Books by William L. McGee
William L. McGee’s writing style is journalistic, straightforward, and
“as precise and economical as a Mickey Spillane novel.”
– Marine Corps League Magazine
Award-winning author William L. McGee honed his writing skills during his 32-year career in broadcast sales and marketing. A recognized World War II Pacific war historian, Bill McGee has written four World War II Pacific war histories and a memoir set in 1946 at the first postwar tests of the atomic bomb at Bikini.
The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville won the Military Writers Society of America Silver Medal Award for History. Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List.
Sandra V. McGee, Bill’s co-author and wife, is a veteran publicist for the performing arts. As a result of her co-authorship with Bill on his memoir, The Divorce Seekers – A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, she is regarded as an expert on Nevada divorce ranch history. Bill and Sandra have been married for 38 years and a writing duo for 20 years.
Bill and Sandra each have a favorite saying about writing
“To anyone who has ever considered writing, there’s only one way — ass in seat.” – William L. McGee
“The strongest urge in life is neither love nor hate; it is the urge to edit another’s copy.” – Sandra V. McGee