What’s a Short Snorter? – Operation Crossroads 75 Years Ago

Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Short Snorter

Bill McGee’s Short Snorter, front (above) and back (below),1946

Aboard the USS Fall River (CA-131), Bikini Lagoon, Jul 1946 – Tradition was if you signed a shipmate’s Short Snorter and met up with them later on in civilian life, if they couldn’t produce the Short Snorter you had signed, they owed you a drink.

Aboard the Fall River, our Short Snorters looked like a dollar bill. They were designed specially for Operation Crossroads and included the words “Bikini”, “JTF-ONE”, “Atomic”, and “Crossroads”.  

The Short Snorter tradition began with Alaskan bush pilots, who would have no more than a “short snort” before taking off. 1-5. ShortSnorter - side1

Next up: William Day Rehearsal, 19 Jul 1946

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See the Series: Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Retrospective


Operation Crossroads Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee

Excerpted from Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee.


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