USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...John M. Sebastian, S1cRdm
Feb. 02, 2001
I completed Radar School and joined the SLC in
San Pedro, CA. (2/46). Lead PO was
R. C. Blomquist, Rdm1c. I hung out with shipmate named
Joseph M. DeVille, MM1c.
The most memorable SLC moment was 'Baker Test', "Operations Crossroads".
In my lifetime I have had other great memories/moments, but
nothing comes close to seeing that massive column of water;
especially, when it began to cascade back to the
surface of the sea. The ring of water (turned out
to be steam) began moving out from the test site
area towards us (USS Rockbridge APA228). I thought
somebody really screwed-up, we were going to get
lunched by a huge tidal wave! I remember being
afraid, especially when a Tin Can (or DE) that was
a mile or two closer-in, turned and ran at probably
I also have memories of the 'strange
pattern' of destruction from 'Test Able'. Parts
of the ship had massive damage, while other nearby
sections seemed untouched. After the tests I
volunteered for duty in the Ammunition Disposal
Unit (ADU Kwajalien). There, I further witnessed
the strange power of the A-Bomb.
I'm sure fellow SLC crew mates will remember the
night (6/1) that the stern mooring line parted and
we swung aimlessly on our bow mooring chain; we
almost exchanged paint jobs with the Independence
and the Nagato.
Finally, the beer party on the beach. The weather
was slightly warmer than the beer (not Henikens).
Most climbed the ladder back aboard; but, a few
used the 'hemp elevator' (i.e., the cargo net).
On August 19, 1946, most of the SLC crew were
heading for the States, a few were on their way to
duty in the Far East. A few days later, I watched
the Salt Lake City, now under tow to Kwajalien. I
too, was on my way to Kwajalien and my new duty
station: "Ammunition Disposal Unit, ADU Team #2".
Regards, John Sebastian, S1cRdm
Operation Crossroads Veterans