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William H P Blandy
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Admiral Blandy Mushroom Cloud Cake
Admiral Blandy Mushroom Cloud Cake
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, at his desk, during World War II
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken in May 1946 while Vice Admiral Blandy was Commander of Joint Task Force One and directed the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. The background is the Periodic Chart of Atoms designed by the late Henry D. Hubbard of the U.S. Bureau of Standards. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Sitting at his desk while as Commander, Joint Army-Navy Task Force One. In this position, Vice Admiral Blandy oversaw Operation Crossroads, which was an exercise in atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, circa May 1946. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Undated photograph taken on an unidentified ship while at sea. Photograph signed by Vice Admiral Blandy reads, "Jerry Wright, deep appreciation and sincere regard, Spike Blandy." Collection of Admiral Jerauld Wright, USN U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN
Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken in civilian attire. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN
Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken in civilian attire. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Commander William H. P. Blandy, USN
Commander William H. P. Blandy, USN
Commander Blandy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1913. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa April 1941. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa April 1941. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa April 1941. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa 1943. Photograph by Maurice Constant. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Rear Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa August 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Photograph taken circa November 1945. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Hopes
Hopes
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Charles Edison
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Charles Edison
The Secretary of the Navy is on an inspection tour of USS Utah (BB-31), 23 April 1940. To the Secretary's right is the Commanding Officer, Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN. Note, Edison served as the Secretary of the Navy from 2 January to 24 June 1940. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Charles Edison
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Charles Edison
The Secretary of the Navy is on an inspection tour of USS Utah (BB-31), 23 April 1940. Shaking hands with the Secretary is the Commanding Officer, Captain William H. P. Blandy, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
USS Blandy
USS Blandy
USS Blandy
USS Blandy
The ship was decommissioned on 5 November 1982 and struck from the Navy List on 27 July 1990
Operation Crossroads, 12 August 1946
Operation Crossroads, 12 August 1946
Observing Party on board motor gunboat, PGM 29. Present: (left to right) Mr. Keith Wheeler, Chicago Times; Mr. Andre Lebarthe, France; (hidden from view); Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN; Major General W. E. Kepner, USAAF; and Captain Fitzhugh Lee, USN Official U.S. Navy Photograph Naval History and Heritage Command collection
Chiefs of the Bureau of Ordnance, 22 May 1947
Chiefs of the Bureau of Ordnance, 22 May 1947
Front row: (left to right) Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN; Admiral Joseph Strauss, USN (Retired); Admiral Claude C. Bloch, USN (Retired); and Vice Admiral George F. Hussey, Jr., USN; Back row: (left to right) Admiral Harold R. Stark, USN (Retired); Rear Admiral William R. Furlong, USN (Retired); Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN; and Rear Admiral Malcom F. Schoeffel, USN U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral Blandy and his family watch the Army and Navy Football Game at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 November 1947. Army won 20 to 0. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's Farewell Party
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's Farewell Party
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN, chats with Under Secretary of the Navy W. John Kenney at Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan's Farewell Party for Fleet Admiral Nimitz, who was retiring as Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., 3 December 1947. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Caribbean Fleet Maneuvers, circa 1948
Caribbean Fleet Maneuvers, circa 1948
The tactical training exercises involved ships, aircraft, and submarines of the Atlantic Fleet and spearheaded attacks on Vieques Island. Present: (left to right) Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN, (Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet); Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan; Secretary of the Air Force Stuart Symington; and Secretary of the Army Kenneth C. Royall The photograph is dated 19 February 1948. Official U.S. Navy Photograph Naval History and Heritage Command collection
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral Blandy, while Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, is at the helm of USS LST-1154. QM2 M. J. Barret, Jr., USN, stands by his station. Photograph is dated 20 June 1949. Official U.S. Navy Photograph Naval History and Heritage Command collection
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Admiral William H. P. Blandy, USN
Attending a meal with guests at the Bachelor Officers Club at Dahlgren, Virginia. Collection of George L. Dant. Official U.S. Navy Photograph Naval History and Heritage Command collection
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Full Name:
William Henry Purnell Blandy 1
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Spike 1
Birth:
New York City, NY 1
Birth:
28 Jun 1890 1
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Death:
12 Jan 1954 1
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Roberta Hope Amies 1
27 May 1913 1
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"The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting the ships on all the oceans 1
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Admiral in the United States Navy 1
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Employer: United States Navy 1
Position: Admiral 1
Start Date: 1913 1

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"The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting all the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom.  It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole.  It will not destroy gravity.  I am not an atomic playboy, as one of my critics labeled me, exploding these bombs to satisfy my personal whim." ~William H. P. Blandy. 

"His personal courage, determination, and excellent leadership throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." ~Second Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (first Gold Star) to William H. P. Blandy, July- September 1944. 

William H. P. Blandy had a long career in the United States Navy.  He graduated from the top of his class at the United States Naval Academy in 1913 and served in both World Wars.  He is, perhaps, best known for commanding the task force testing the atomic bombing of warships.  Blandy was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (and Gold Stars) four times between 1941 and 1946. 

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