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Operation Crossroads: Bikini Atoll



Rear Admiral William Sterling Parsons, USN
Charles Bittinger #7
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-G

 


Rear Admiral Parsons, who had been the weapon's officer aboard the Enola Gay, was one of the few Navy men with expertise in the new atomic weapons. He served as Deputy Task Force Commander for the Technical Direction of Crossroads.

 

Rear Admiral F. G. Fahrion, USN
Charles Bittinger #9
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-I

 


Rear Admiral Fahrion commanded the target fleet. This portrait was painted at Bikini on board USS Fall River (CA-131).

 

Dr. R. A. Sawyer
Charles Bittinger #10
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-J

 


Dr Sawyer came from the Los Alamos Laboratory to oversee the radiation monitoring program and explain the concept of radiation and it's dangers to the personnel of Operation Crossroads.

 

Captain W. N. Gamet, USN
Charles Bittinger #11
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-K

 


This portrait was painted on board USS Mt McKinley (AGC-7) at Bikini Atoll.

 

Captain R. S. Quackenbush, USN
Charles Bittinger #13
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-N

 


This portrait was painted on board USS Mt McKinley (AGC-7) at Bikini Atoll.

 

LT. Commander College
Charles Bittinger #14
Oil on canvas board, 1946
Gift of the artist
95-129-O

 


This portrait was painted at Bikini before test ABLE.

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01 August 2001