|The Short Snorter Project - Non-Currency Short Snorters
The Short Snorter Project
Lorne Bohn has done some research on the Operations Crossroads short snorters. He writes...
The Operation Crossroads Short Snorters were part of Joint Operations Task Force One in which 37,000 sailors and
5,000 airmen participated in "watching" the world's 4th and 5th. nuclear explosions at Bikini Island on July 1, 1946
and July 25, 1946. The world's first and second explosions were at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the third was in
New Mexico. The forth explosion at the Bikini Atoll consisted of two 21 kiloton bombs. The first, Alfa, was a low
level air drop which missed it's intended target by 1,500 to 2,000 feet. The second explosion, Baker, was detonated
90 feet underwater with disasterous results for the 90 ships and crew members who participated in the exercise.
As a result a third intended test, Charlie, was cancelled. An excellent account of this "experiment" can be found in
Johnathan M. Weisgall's book "Operation Crossroads" Well worth reading. What surprised me was the fact that
your short snorter was issued from the USS Sumner. There were 90 ships which participated in the test. Each ship
must have issued their own short snorter. The one I have was issued from the Control Ship for the test, the USS Mt.
Mckinley and is signed by many crew members. I also have a card which verifies that the owner of my short snorter
took part in Joint Task Force One. Some of the signatures can be easily read. I am sure that somewhere there is a
record of the crew members to took part in this exercise on the McKinley. Do you have any idea where I can find out
this information? I would like to identify all the names on the one I have.
(Please send Lorne Bohn an email if you can help him identify these signatures!)
Non-currency short snorters were printed to commemorate different types of events, recognize activities, or advertise.
1.Reaching a milestone in the number of missions participated in by a group were the first type to come into existence. One
example shown here was issued by the 458th Bombardment Group to commemorate two milestones for their organization,
the New Year and their 200th mission.
2. Commemorating participation in nuclear testing right after WWII is the second type and the most widely distributed. This
example below was one of many issued for Operation Crossroads.
|Participation card belonging to PFC Charles H. Jones who was stationed on the U.S.S. Mt. McKinley which was the
control ship for Operation Crossroads on 17 November 1946.
|If any readers come across additional "non-currency" short snorters, please submit them for inclusion
to The Short Snorter Project. Any additional facts or information would be greatly appreciated!
3. Advertising with a short snorter theme had limited popularity in the 1940's. Finds are very interesting and somewhat rare.
Uniface (printed on one side only) Non-Currency Short Snorter from Midway Islands - 1945. (Image courtesy of James Sabo)