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…