Aboard the USS Fall River (CA-131), Bikini Atoll, Queen Day Rehearsal, 24 Jun 1946 – Seven days before the Test Able atomic bomb test on 1 July, there was a full dress rehearsal, code named Queen Day.
For the rehearsal, Commander M.E. Dennett issued these instructions:
- Face away from Bikini
- Sit on Deck
- Close eyes tightly
- Cover eyes with bended arm against the face
- When the order “Carry on” is announced, all hands may safely observe the beautiful display of colors in the incandescent column of cloud and the gigantic clouds, which follow the explosion.
Excerpted from Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee.