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.