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 Arthur 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…

National Association of Atomic Veterans Convention, Las Vegas, Sept 14

Bill and I went to Las Vegas for the annual convention of the National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV) … a non-profit Veterans Service Organization founded in 1979 for the purpose of assisting America’s atomic veterans secure proof of their exposure to ionizing radiation while on active duty. The National Atomic Testing Museum, an affiliate of…