Countdown at Crossroads – A Timeline for the 70th Anniversary, Post1/20


Bill McGee, Gunner’s Mate 2/c, USN, on the 8″ gun turret of the USS Fall River (CA-131), Flagship for the Target Fleet at Operation Crossroads (Photo Author’s Collection)

In the summer of 1946, 42,000 military, scientific, and civilian personnel were assembled at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands for the first postwar tests to determine the effects of the atomic bomb on an array of 95 target vessels and various animals. “Countdown at Crossroads” will be a series of blog posts written in the first person recounting the days from 23 June – 1 August 1946 at the Bikini Atoll.  The posts and accompanying photos are excerpted from my book, Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 , published in June 2016 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Crossroads.

-Bill McGee



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