Countdown at Crossroads – 27 June 1946

5. CoralReefTavern 10cents chitBikini Atoll, 27 June 1946, Test Able -4. Four days to go to the big day, code-named Test Able, when a 23 kiloton atomic bomb would be dropped from the air on a fleet of target ships in the Bikini Lagoon. To ease tensions, liberty was granted to go ashore for a warm 5-cent beer and a swim in the Lagoon. Pictured above: A chit for two warm beers at the Coral Reef Tavern; below: the Bikini beer shack before the Test Able explosion.(From Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee)

1-5. Beer shack

 

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