Countdown at Crossroads – Bikini beer shack, 27 June 1946, Post 3/20

1-5. Beer shack

The Bikini beer shack before the Test Able explosion. (Photo courtesy Charles P. Minton)

Bikini Atoll, 27 June 1946 – 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 pass the time and ease the tension, liberty was granted to go ashore for a warm 5-cent beer and a swim in the Bikini Lagoon. After all these years, I still have an unused chit for two warm beers.

-Bill McGee

(Excerpted from Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee)


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