Sworn to secrecy… Bill McGee’s last letter home before the big Bikini blast

On 29 June 1946,  I was anxiously awaiting the first postwar atomic bomb test code-named Test Able scheduled for 1 July. I was one of the 42,000 military, scientists, and civilian personnel stationed at Bikini in the Marshall Islands for Operation CROSSROADS. The Navy issued my shipmates and me special Operation Crossroads stationery with the suggestion…

From Bikini and Operation Crossroads – Bill McGee recalls his letter home on 29 June 1946

On 29 June 1946,  I was one of 42,000 military, scientists, and civilian personnel stationed in or around the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. We were anxiously awaiting Test Able on 1 July 1946,  the first postwar atomic bomb test. Men doing duty on the support ships were issued special stationery with the not-so-subtle suggestion…

The Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4

June 16 is Father’s Day, but for Bill McGee and other survivors of Task Unit 32.4.4, the date is remembered for another reason… March 27, 1943. Having been indoctrinated at U.S. Navy Boot Camp and Gunnery School, I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge aboard the Liberty ship SS Nathaniel Currier… bound for the South…

Countdown to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day continues as Bill McGee recaptures a highlight from his visit to Normandy in 1994 for the 50th Anniversary (Post 4, Part 2)

Cherbourg and Sainte-Mère-Eglise, June 5, 1994 – After visiting Ste-Mère-Eglise, Sandra and I reboarded the bus for the drive to a nearby field where 560 troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, along with 38 WWII vets from the 82nd and 101st – ages 68 to 83 – parachuted in a re-enactment of Operation…