George W. "Bill" Saunders
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC..."Enlisted Navy"...G. W. "Bill" Saunders, SM1c
Bill Saunders passed away of a heart attack March 29th, 2001 while visiting his son in California. Information reported by daughter Lisa
March 30th, 2001
Apr. 25th, 2000
I was aboard until the atom bomb test both above and below water. Before
that I was assigned to Cinpac Admiral
Nimitz's communication. Admiral Nimatz was the nicest man I ever met. He
always had a kind word for the enlisted men on his staff. I had a letter
of appreciation from him.
May 30th, 2000
I also remember them sending us aboard a German cruiser and a Jap cruiser
after the first blast. I don't remember who went aboard with us. We were not allowed to stay very long because of the radition. After the last blast they gave us (how many I don't know) an injection of some sort that blocked my memory until I was aboard the St. Paul back in San Diego.
The name of the operation was Operation Cross roads. They gave us a card with this name on it.
The Navy should have a complete record of the operation plus all the names of the personal that were in the operation. It was a secret task, and I feel sure that a lot of the men had ill effects from it. I lost all my teeth within
five months after, also all the hair on my chest and under arms. I believe it
was from the radiation. Shepard also has skin deteration and a few other
problems that I believe are a direct cause of radiation.
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