THE ATOM: Ashes to Ashes

The H-bomb claimed its first victim last week.

Aikichi Kuboyama was only an obscure Japanese tuna fisherman on the January morning he put to sea with crewmates of the trawler Fortunate Dragon. The father of three girls, he liked to spend his time ashore tinkering with neighbors' ailing radios and puttering in his garden. Sometimes he dreamed of quitting the sea and becoming a florist.

Unawaredly, the Fortunate Dragon cruised too close to the site of the U.S. H-bomb test in the Pacific (TIME, March 29). The test released more energy than the scientists had anticipated; Aikichi and his crewmates were...

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