Countdown at Crossroads – 26 July 1946 … Radio Broadcast 24 hours after Baker

Bikini Lagoon, 26 July 1946. The enormous cloud of water from the Baker blast dispersed in a spray which covered all the target ships in the Lagoon and the support ships positioned ten or more miles away, including the USS Fall River, where I was watching the blast from a gun tub. Hanson W. Baldwin, military affairs editor for The New York Times, observed Test Baker aboard the press ship USS Appalachian. In his 26 July column he wrote, “The spectacularly beautiful dome of water, steam, spray and gas reached up and outward with awful suddenness….”

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

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