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Classification (PACIFIC - US TESTING AREA)

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Dress Rehearsal
Able Day
Baker Day
The Count of Ten
Appendix (A Layman's Guide to the Dangers of

NOT SO LONG AGO San Francisco welcomed home the
Independence, the first of the main target vessels to
return from the atom bomb tests at Bikini. Photographs
showed the familiar lines of the wrecked ship — her
island carried away, her flight deck ripped up, her hangar
deck caved in. In the pictures she looked less like a ship
than a paper bag blown up and burst. It was the Inde-
pendence all right, exactly as we had left her over a year
ago in Kwajalein Harbor.
Anyone who has known a modem carrier in action
would be shocked by her mutilation. Although the first
shot burst at some distance from her broadside, she was
left little more than a derelict. Yet what is more impres-
şive, and likely to be overlooked, is that she remains
an outcast ship. The disease of radioactivity lingers on
her decks and sides and along her dingy corridors.
Blasted first from the air, she survived; smothered later
under tons of water, she rode out the tidal wave of the
second shot and remained afloat. But the invisible poison
of radioactivity she could not throw off. Because of this,
not because of structural damage, she had to be towed
from Kwajalein home.

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