USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Harold S. Newbill, S2c
Harold S. Newbill passed away on May 9th, 2011. Information from son, Don Newbill
Jan. 21st, 2002
My Name is Harold S. Newbill and I served aboard the Salt Lake City
from Feb 1946 until the Operation Crosroads. She was my first ship to
serve on after I got out of boot camp. I was assigned to the Disbursing
Office and stayed with her until after the first bomb.
I remember my first trip to sea very well. The ships engines stopped and
we rolled for a day or two in the middle of the Pacific. Needless to say
I got my first taste of "seasickness". Some of the old salts aboard talked
about greasy bacon etc. which didn't help a bit.
After we reached Bikini we were given liberty on the island. Somewhere
along the line we were assigned to the USS Rockbridge APA-228. I cannot
remember being there for the last test.
I am sure you have heard all the stories about the bomb but as long as I
live I will never forget the sight of that monster of a boom that went up.
I was among the crew that went back to the ship for cleanup and deck
scrubbing. That is where I got my taste of "C" rations.
As for the after effects, I have had skin problems since then and my
children have skin problems, heart problems, spina-bifita and one child
died at 9 months old because of a malformed blood vein in her head.
Whether they are related to the bomb or not I do not know.
After we returned to Long Beach or San Pedro I was assigned to the USS
Columbus CA74. Somewhere along the line I obtained the rating of SKD2
which was changed to DK2 later.
Thank you for saving the history of my first ship. I learned a
lot from the veterans that were aboard during the war. Mail buoy
watch--left handed monkey wrenches, etc.
I have pictures of myself and a few buddies that were taken in Pearl
Harbor after our liberty. I got my first and only tattoo on that liberty.
Harold S. Newbill
Operation Crossroads Veterans