Beaumont painting of Baker bomb, Bikini 1946

Operation Crossroads atomic blasts captured in paintings from bridge of USS Fall River

In 1946, Arthur Beaumont was appointed the U.S. Navy’s Official Task Force Artist for Operation Crossroads… Beaumont was assigned to the USS Fall River (CA-131), Flagship for the Target Fleet, at Operation Crossroads, the first postwar atomic bomb tests in the Bikini Atoll. A relatively new heavy cruiser (the Fall River was commissioned in July…

Mail Call – John Stambaugh, USS “Fall River” shipmate at Operation CROSSROADS, 1946

January 2, 2017 Dear Mr. McGee: I had been following with keen interest your five-part series in the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association magazine about the USS Fall River (CA-131) and its participation in Operation CROSSROADS in 1946. We both came aboard the new heavy cruiser in January 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia—I was a Quartermaster,…