ATOMIC BOMB WITHOUT WARHEAD DROPS IN MARS BLUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA – 62nd ANNIVERSARY
On March 11th, 1958, the United States Air Force left Savannah on route to Europe for a training mission carrying an atomic bomb with no nuclear core. During the mission, Captain Earl Koehler, noticed there was a fault light signaling that the bomb harness locking pin did not engage. Air Force Captain Bruce Kulka was summoned to the bomb bay area. To hoist himself up, Kulka reached around the bomb, pulling the emergency release pin and releasing the atomic bomb onto the small community of Mars Bluff, South Carolina.
Luckily nobody was killed in the blast; however, several individuals were injured as well as local businesses were impacted by the blast. Among those injured were the Gregg family, whose property was ground zero for the blast. Robert McHugh wrote in The Associated Press regarding the events that unfolded.
“It was a quiet afternoon. Walter Gregg was using it to fix a bench in an improvised workshop in the garage about 50 feet to the rear of his frame house in the Mars Bluff community, some miles east of Florence. Overhead the lazy drone of an airplane engine could be heard. It grew louder, Gregg observed as he worked. “Must be fly pretty low.” He mused. Nearby his three children played with a cousin. Inside his wife was sewing. A quiet afternoon. Then suddenly a deafening explosion rent the air, a vast crater planted in the garden, mud flew, the house collapsed and the beams and the garage roof feel around him.”
In 2018, Operation Adventure, paid tribute to the incident at Mars Bluff by filming a vlog visiting the location of the former Walter Gregg home and crater, which remains from the impact of the atomic bomb.
Today, we release our second Operation Adventure Podcast titled The Incident at Mars Bluff, where we visit the site and discuss what happened to the Gregg family.
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