National Atomic Veterans Day, July 16, 2018

Today is National Atomic Veterans Day…  From 1945 to 1963, the United States conducted 235 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific Ocean and the Southwestern U.S. In appreciation of the approximately 250,000 American service men and women who witnessed and participated in these tests, Congress designated July 16 as “National Atomic Veterans Day.” Read Bill…

71 years ago … Bill McGee remembers the Short Snorter

  ABOARD THE USS Fall River (CA-131), Bikini Atoll, 17 July 1946 — At Operation CROSSROADS, we had “Short Snorters”. They were designed to look like a one dollar banknote and signed by your shipmates. Years later, if you met up with a shipmate who had signed your Short Snorter, but you couldn’t produce it, you owed that shipmate a drink.…

Operation CROSSROADS shipmates reconnect 71 years later

  ON THIS DAY 1 July 1946, at 0859 Bikini time, Gunner’s Mates Paul Dowling and Bill McGee knelt on the deck of the heavy cruiser, USS Fall River (CA-131), faced away from the 95 target vessels strategically positioned in the Bikini Lagoon, closed their eyes tightly, covered their eyes with bended arm against their faces, and awaited the explosion of a 23…