John Thomas Street – Photographic Memories

We are but a few of the Survivors of the 1977-1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands.

Our main focus is to help each other with information and moral support during challenging times of our declining health.

Our secondary focus is to urge Congress to change the current laws and recognize soldiers of the cleanup mission as “veterans who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”

John Thomas Street served his time at Enewetak Atoll as a dump truck driver with the 84th Engineer Battalion from October 1978 through March 1979. He said he lived at the Lojwa Base Camp and transported radioactive materials in his dump truck twice a day from contaminated islands to Cactus Crater on Runit Island.

He shared his photographic memories with us in the hope you can refresh his (and our) memories by naming the Atomic Cleanup Veterans pictured in his photographs.

Take a close look at the men in his photos and let us know who you recognize.

  

We urge our supporters to encourage their politicians to create legislation which will include Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Participants in the U.S. Government’s definition of a veteran “who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”

Article written by Girard Frank Bolton, III. 1977-1979 Atomic Debris Cleanup Participant with C Company and HHC S-3 (Operations) of the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Photographs were provided by John Thomas Street, Atomic Cleanup Veteran, 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) (Fwd), Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Lieutenant Daniel says “We’re Still OK”

Radiation Information Compiled during the beginning of the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission in 1977.

We are but a few of the Survivors of the 1977-1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands. 

Our Original Mission was to relocate and entomb radioactive fallout and debris from the surface of the islands of Enewetak Atoll so the dri-Enewetak Islanders could return to their beautiful homeland of 40 Islands in the Marshall Islands.

We accomplished our Humanitarian Mission in 1980. Some of us have health challenges related to cleaning up radiation produced by 43 atomic bombs tested in the Pacific Proving Grounds during the Cold War’s Atomic Test Program. Some of us have died.

Harry Daniel was a lieutenant in the Army when he was assigned to participate in the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission. He was told many times during the mission that “We’re still ok.”

Our mission had a classified security status. The reality is most information was shared on a need to now basis by the higher echelon. One would think all Officers would be privy to information, but that would be a misconception.

In 1996, President Clinton lifted the “veil of secrecy” about the details of atomic testing at Enewetak Atoll and the levels of radiation we were exposed to during our mission.

Since then, the Government has improved its internet storage and public access of government documents and other materials.

Just recently, Harry Daniel found our group of guys and started looking into the documents related to our atomic cleanup mission. What he found was almost unbelieveable and made his blood boil.

A couple of days ago, Harry shared what he learned from those government documents on the Buchanan Investigations Blog Talk Radio Show (1/4/2017).

You can learn, in a short time, about what LT Harry Daniel learned by listening here:

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LT Harry Britton Daniel II was the Assistant S-3 (Operations) on Enewetak Island until he moved to Lojwa Island and served as the Operations Officer and XO of B Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, US Army from 1/15/1978 through 6/15/1978.

You can help us change our “occupational” exposure classification to “at-risk” exposure by letting your Federal Representatives know you want them to support H.R. 632 – Mark Takai’s Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act.

Continue to learn more about us from various resources shared by supporters and cleanup participants in future AtomicCleanupVets.com articles. Our articles contain photographs, videos, documents and stories shared by the actual participants who cleaned radioactive contaminated soils and materials from the surface of the islands at Enewetak Atoll.

Article written by Girard Frank Bolton, III. 1977-1979 (14 month) participant with C Company and HHC S-3 (Operations) 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Our Current Mission is to help health challenged Atomic Cleanup Veterans become included in the Veterans Administration’s definition of an Atomic Veteran so we can qualify to apply for funds set aside for veterans “who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”