Ext Rare 1952 Atomic Test OPERATION IVY Photo Identification Badge of W.D. Rondeau
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Ext Rare 1952 Atomic Test OPERATION IVY Photo Identification Badge of W.D. Rondeau

Code: uapg01952ato

$1,575.00


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ARTIFACT:

This is an Extremely Rare 1952 Atomic Test OPERATION IVY Photo Identification Badge of W.D. Rondeau. Rondeau appears to have been on Enlisted Man in the US Army at the time this ID was Made. 
This was the 9th Nuclear Test explosions done by the US, WWII counting as #2. 

This was the first multi-megaton test and the power of the 2 bombs in this operation were exponentially greater than any predecessors. 

These were the first Hydrogen Bombs, as opposed to Atomic Bombs.

The Operation Ivy test series was the first to involve a hydrogen bomb rather than an atomic bomb, further to the order of President Harry S. Truman made on January 31, 1950 that the US should continue research into all forms of nuclear weapons. The bombs were prepared by the US Atomic Energy Commission and Defense Department aboard naval vessels, and were capable of being detonated remotely from the control ship Estes.

Operation Ivy was the eighth series of American nuclear tests, coming after Tumbler-Snapper and before Upshot-Knothole. The two explosions were staged in late 1952 at Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Proving Ground in the Marshall Islands.

Operation Tumbler-Snapper was a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States in early 1952 at the Nevada Test Site. The Tumbler-Snapper series of tests followed Operation Buster-Jangle and preceded Operation Ivy.

VINTAGE: 1952.

SIZE: Approximately 4-3/4" in height x 2-5/8" in width. ID: 3-13/16" in height x 2-5/8" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Celluloid, Photographic paper, ink, Copper Clip.

ATTACHMENT: Clip.

MARKINGS:

ID: WHITEHEAD & CO. LOS ANGELS CALIF. U.S.A.
      Watermarked - AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) 

ITEM NOTES: This is from a US Army collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. KBJX22 LAEGEX08/01/22

CONDITION: 8 (Excellent): The ID show minor wear, overall excellent condition.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.