Operation Crossroads Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee

Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary – Prelude: August 1945

Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Posts   This post is the first in a series titled Operation Crossroads 75th Anniversary Posts. I’ve selected some of my favorite passages from Bill McGee’s naval memoir, Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946. Come aboard the USS Fall River for Bill’s first-person chronicle of his participation at one of…

Operation Crossroads 1946, the USS Fall River (CA-131)

The Short Life of the USS Fall River (CA-131)

Timeline for the USS Fall River (CA-131) 9 July 1942 – Ordered 12 April 1943 – Keel laid down. Builder is New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey. 13 Aug 1944 – Launched. Sponsored by Mrs. Alexander C. Murray, wife of the mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts. 1945 1 July – Commissioned with Captain David S. Crawford,…