Operation Dominic was a
36-detonation atmospheric nuclear test series. The first phase occurred
from 25 April through 11 July 1962, the second phase from 2 October
through 3 November 1962.
During the first phase, 24 nuclear weapons were dropped from aircraft
for air bursts in the vicinity of Christmas Island. One warhead was sent
aloft by rocket from Johnston Island for high altitude detonation, but
three attempted launches of nuclear tipped rockets from that island were
Shot Swordfish was an underwater detonation of a stock nuclear
anti-submarine rocket (ASROC) weapon approximately 370 nautical miles
west-southwest of San Diego. Shot Frigate Bird was the detonation of a
Polaris missile warhead over the Christmas Island Danger Area.
During the second phase, four nuclear warheads were rocketed from
Johnston Island for high altitude detonation, and one rocket launch was
a failure. Five weapons were dropped from aircraft for air bursts in the
vicinity of Johnston Island. This thermonuclear frenzy of superpower
saber-rattling was the end of US and Soviet atmospheric detonations.
United States Atomic Veterans
Deptula was attached to PMR-H as a Naval Aviator
helicopter pilot flying missile recovery missions.
Coale worked with the DASA Scientific Organization at
Operation Dominic. (photos)
Morris served as an an FN on the USS Reclaimer ARS-42.
Hemphill was assigned to V-1 Division USS Princeton
Oberg was an ETN2 on the USS Newell DER 322.
Mathis a radarman on the USS Loyalty MSO 457 has
passed away at age 60, from cancer.
Weston served aboard the USS Marshall DD675. RECA Info.
Noonan worked for EG&E in the C-130 photo-data
Mcpherson was a AE flight electrician, VP 872.
Streeter was a L/Cpl, USMC, photographer on the USS
Duncan was with the 524 MP Company at Johnston
Pecoraro served aboard the USS Princeton.
Johnson in charge of the ARC-27 at Barber's Point.
Mael was on the USS Princeton.
Tulve was an HM3 at Christmas Island
Alesi was aboard theUSS Rowan DD782.
McMullin was aboard theUSS Princeton LPH-5.
Jones was a L/Cpl, V-2 division USS Princeton LPH-5.
Meglemre served on the USS Iwo Jima at Johnson
Kingrey served with the 1211th Test Squadron.
Eldridge served aboard the USS Reclaimer at Christmas
Gilbert served aboard the USS Iwo Jima LPH-2.
Frank, Jr. served aboard the USS Tanner observing the
Russian nuclear tests at Novya Zemlya in the Barents Sea.
Mc Donald served in V-2 Division and as plane crew captain on
the USS Princeton LPH-5
Wells was in the V-2 Division aboard the USS Princeton
Brown served as STG2 aboard the USS Rowan DD 782
Linn was a navigator attached to VAP-62
Toon served with VP-872 and VP-9 Photos
Durbin was with HMM-364 aboard the USS Princeton
Kolb was in 'E' Division aboard the USS Princeton
Buffum was aboard USS Medregal SS480 for Shot Frigate
Dove was a member of V-1 Division USS Princeton
Hill was an E-3 aboard the USS Princeton
Williams was aboard the LSU 1485 at Christmas Island.
Smith was a crew member on the USS Princeton LPH-5.
Wilkinson onboard the USS Samuel N. Moore DD747
McKillips was a communication electronic technician on the
USS Jenkins DDE-447 at Johnston Island.
Wisnia a civilian EE worked for Comstock & Wescott.
Borka was in the USAF with the AFCS detachment. Photo
Miller served with the VP-17.
Taylor served aboard the USS Cabildo.
Madison served aboard the U.S.S. Taylor DD 468
Longaker Jr served aboard the USS Princeton, LPH-5.
Craig on the USS Preston, DD 795,at the Swordfish
Update: RECA (Radiation Exposure Compensation
Act), New Advisor.
(Bill) Nelson was in H-Division on the USS Princeton
LPH-5 during Operation Dominic. New Advisor.
Murphy was an AT1 with VP 872.
Stallings was a Marine aboard the USS Curtiss, and a
civilian at Operation Dominic.
Hansen was aboard the USS Princeton, LPH-5.
Patterson was a YNC attached to CJTG 8.3.
Lockwood was aboard the USS Munsee ATF 107
Johnston was aboard the U.S.S. Taylor DD-468
Bailey was a small boat crewman on LCM's at Christmas
Greelis was a radar operator for the Navy's Pacific Missile
Range, at Johnston Island.
Voss was a cook board the USS Princeton LPH5.
Cavalo USAF, was a Ground Radio Operator, at Johnston
Pangburn served aboard the USS Reclaimer, ARS-42.
Bakken flew patrols with theVP-9 Squadron.
Carter was aboard the USS Halsey Powell (DD 686).
Haas was an IC3 aboard theUSS Tolovana (AO-64).
Miller was an EM2 aboard USS O'Bannon (DDE-450).
Weston was aboard USS Marshall (DD675).
Hollander was an Instrument technician with the
Tharp was an ET-2 aboard the USS John S. McCain (DL-3).
Wilson was aboard the USS Henry County LST 824, during
Ornellas was a Machinist Mate Fireman on board the U.S.S.
Barrow was with the Air Force Communications Service at
Johnston Island. He sent 12 excellent pictures.
Garrett was in the Air Force and was a Wire
Rejician was serving aboard the USS UTE-ATF-76 at
Johnston and Christmas Island.
Bruce serving aboard the USS Hopewell (DD-681)
participated in the Swordfish detonation.
Young AE-3 VS-23, USS Yorktown, participated in the
Smith was a crew member aboard the USS Henry County (LST
824) and part of the clean-up crew for the the Thor launch pad
(Willie) Williams was stationed with the 125th Signal Bn,
25th Inf Div., on Christmas Island.
Trippett was in Patrol Squadron 46 stationed at NAS North
Island San Deigo Ca., attached to Fleet Air Wing 14.
Soper was assigned to the 1211th Test Squadron and
watched the detonations at Christmas Island.
Garner sent email about his duty onboard the U.S.S Taylor
DD-468 during Operation Dominic.
Tucci writes about his duty aboard the USS Princeton
during Operation Dominic.
Schroeder was in the Air Force with the communications
Rahmn was an Airman Second Class, with the 146th Consolidated
Maintenance Squadron at Operation Dominic
Sheasby was a telegrapher aboard the USS Princeton at
Kirkpatrick an Electronics Technician 2 aboard the USS
ARS 42 was at Operation Dominic
Cruz an Air Force aircrew member, Bomb/Nav tech. aboard
"Hemrock" on most of the air drops during Dominic 1, and on all
of the drops flown by the SAC crew.
Cummins was a member of the Marine Guard Detachment onboard the
USS Princeton and is the Naav State Commander for Kentucky.
Hodes was an AT2, part of the AEW Barrier Squadron
Pacific at Christmas Island.
Ret. was aboard the U.S.S Taylor DD-468 during the 9 July
62 test at Johnston Island.
Volson was an airborne weather equipment operator and flew
air sampling missions for many atomic tests.
Olson was aboard the USS John S. McCain DL-3 during
Riordan was aboard the USS Rowan DD405/782 during
Froyd was an aircrew electrician on a P2V-7 flying
supression patrols during Operation Dominic.
Wilson was an ordnanceman in VS25 on the USS Yorktown
during Shot Swordfish.
Rankin was at at Johnson and Christmas Island on the USS
Rowan, DD782 during Operation Dominic.
Vaughn a member of the Navy's advance party, was sent to
Christmas Island. Bill sent 3 photographs taken during Operation
Melton about his service on board the USS Henry
Freytag was with a scientific team on Samoa for the
Brown flew as a Navy radioman on the P2V.
Allen served as a Navy logs and records petty officer
flying in P2V aircraft and patrolling the sea around the atoll.
Taylor was a Marine aboard the USS Hornet during
Operation Dominic I.
Alsing flew supression patrols to keep ships out of the
danger area and was there for 19 of the blasts.
Davis served in the USMC in Operation Dominic 1, at
Barbers Point NAS, Hawaii.
Fielder was a crewman on a UH-34D helicopter, on duty at
Johnson Atoll, during Operation Dominic.
Schafer was aboard the USS Chippola at Dominic 1, in 1962
and has his own website which includes many photographs, test dates and
shot information. He is the Oregon State Commander of NAAV
Toledo was aboard the USS Jerome County during Operation
Holland was aboard the USS Newell DER 322 during