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 Bikini (the swimsuit, that is)

ABOARD THE USS Fall River (CA-131), Bikini Atoll, 13 July 1946 — My shipmates and I were sweating it out at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, getting ready for Test Baker, the second postwar atomic bomb test. Baker was scheduled for 25 July and the test bomb would explode from underwater.  The first test, code-named Able, was on 1 July and the bomb was dropped from…