71 years ago … Radio broadcast 24 hours after Baker atomic bomb test at Bikini

BIKINI LAGOON, 26 July 1946 — Men were back in the Lagoon within a day or two of the Baker blast. None of the observers and none of the men who participated in the clean-up operations wore protective clothing.  At the bottom of the Lagoon, the coral was so broken up and pulverized into silt that divers sank into the silt up to their shoulders. No one, it seemed, was worried about ionizing radiation. (Excerpted from Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account  by William L. McGee.)

5. Baker - underwater photogs

Dramatic photo showing an underwater photographer shortly after Test Baker. All he wore were a face mask, shorts, and a quick-release type of lead-weighted belt. (Photo U.S. Navy)

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