Skip to comments.Today in US military history: 'IVY MIKE' literally wipes an island off the face of the earth
Posted on 11/01/2018 7:10:24 AM PDT by fugazi
Today's post is in honor of Navy Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor (22, of Gillette, N.J.), who was killed in action during a firefight in Zabul, Afghanistan on this day in 2012. Kantor was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, and his citation can be found at the bottom of this page.
1904: The brand-new U.S. Army War College opens its doors to three majors and six captains, among them Capt. (future General of the Armies) John J. Black Jack Pershing.
1942: On Guadalcanal, a machine gun section led by Marine Cpl. Anthony Casamento is hit so badly during the fourth (and final) battle at the Matanikau River that all but Casamento were grievously wounded or killed. Despite his own wounds (he was hit 14 times during the engagement), Casamento single-handedly held his position and repelled numerous enemy attacks. Casamento will be awarded the Medal of Honor in 1980 after surviving eyewitnesses to his actions are found.
1943: The 3rd Marine Division, led by Gen. Allen H. Turnage, hits the beaches on Japanese-held Bougainville. U.S. Marines and soldiers kill some 8,000 of the island's garrison, and around 16,000 die from starvation and disease.
1944: Japan launches the first of some 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloon bombs towards the U.S. and Canada. By war's end, only six Americans would be killed and a small amount of damage is inflicted by the bombs.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Rose, a B-29 Superfortress modified for photo reconnaissance, makes the first U.S. flight over
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Ivy Mike was a proof of concept for a thermonuclear weapon. It was more a scientific experiment than a weapon’s test. The story is Teller the father of the Hydrogen Bomb was in Livermore, CA and knew the test was a success based on keeping an eye on a seismograph.
“1944: Japan launches the first of some 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloon bombs towards the U.S. and Canada. By war’s end, only six Americans would be killed and a small amount of damage is inflicted by the bombs.”
I didn’t even know six people died. I thought it was only one person. Well, learn something new every day.
It was a tiny little island.
IIRC that was one big setup to make that thing work.
“...I didnt even know six people died...” [vladimir998, post 4]
Happened in early May 1945. The US casualties were neither military personnel, nor civilian defense workers.
All were noncombatants: a Sunday school class on a picnic outing near Bly, Oregon. The minister’s wife died, and five students.
The first inkling to US authorities that something was going on occurred days after that first balloon-bomb launch. The federal government requested that the civilian press keep silent, to prevent the Imperial Japanese from collecting feedback on how successful their efforts had been.
A few weeks after the incident in Oregon, the feds altered security policy, releasing some information about the bombs, and promulgated warnings to the public.
In addition to the US West Coast and most Western states, balloon bombs have been found in Alaska, Canada, Mexico and as far east as Michigan. Wilderness-goers should note that the warnings are still valid: in October 2014, a bomb was discovered in British Columbia, still live.
The Japanese balloon-bomb campaign is recognized as the first known use of an intercontinental weapon.
Wreck of the first US ship to defeat the Royal Navy in home waters before she sank in 1779 is found off coast of Yorkshire using satellite imaging
Tim Akers, 60, found the wreck alongside British satellite firm Merlin Burrows
The ship sank following a ferocious battle with the HMS Serapis in the year 1779
Both ships were engaged in a four-hour battle at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire
The USS Bonhomme Richard sustained significant damage and sunk nearby
Divers have already recovered wooden timbers and mast sections from the sea
By James Wood For Mailonline
Published: 06:41 EDT, 1 November 2018 | Updated: 08:58 EDT, 1 November 2018
Now it's a deep lagoon (bottom right, circled).
I know the designer of the Ivy Mike device.
My Dad was there. Saw Ivy King too. Task Group 132.4
And, its success caused the DoD to order a rocket engine rated over one million pounds thrust. Von Braun knew that would be the big engine needed to go to the Moon. When the smaller H-bomb design worked, and the DoD lost interest in the engine, development continued under NACA (which became NASA), and by the time the last problem was solved (cavitation), Eisenhower was still President.
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