Operation Crossroads Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee

Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary – Prelude: August 1945

Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Posts   This post is the first in a series titled Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Posts. I’ve selected some of my favorite passages from Bill McGee’s naval memoir, Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946. Come aboard the USS Fall River for Bill’s first-person chronicle of his participation at one of…

Operation Crossroads 1946, the USS Fall River (CA-131)

The Short Life of the USS Fall River (CA-131)

Timeline for the USS Fall River (CA-131) 9 July 1942 – Ordered 12 April 1943 – Keel laid down. Builder is New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey. 13 Aug 1944 – Launched. Sponsored by Mrs. Alexander C. Murray, wife of the mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts. 1945 1 July – Commissioned with Captain David S. Crawford,…

U.S. Navy "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” U.S. Navy-style

A friend shared this video with me of the U.S. Navy Band’s rendition of the Irving Berlin classic I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… It brought cheer into my day and I hope it brings cheer into your day… Postscript: See below for an Irving Berlin-Reno divorce connection…   In August 1949, composer Irving Berlin and…

U.S. Navy Boatswain Ray Weathers, a survivor of The Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4, 1943

Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4

The story of the Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4 The story began on 16 June 1943 . . . A convoy of seven U.S. ships, designated Task Unit 32.4.4, was en route to Guadalcanal. Suddenly, at 1350 (1:30 p.m.), the convoy was attacked from the air by a Japanese strike force of 120 aircraft.…