Roster of Fallen Atomic Cleanup Veterans

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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.

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

Some of the soldiers and civilians and government personnel who participated in the 1977 – 1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission kept in touch with each other after they left Enewetak Atoll.

We know there were soldiers who died during the mission, but we are hearing about many more who died after the Atomic Cleanup Mission.

Please help us create a Roster of Fallen Atomic Cleanup Veterans from the 1977-1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission by adding known Fallen Veterans here:

Roster of Fallen Atomic Cleanup Veterans of the 1977 – 1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission – Updated 7/20/2017 listing 27 known Fallen Atomic Cleanup Veterans:

  • Bauchspies, Robert W. – Defense Nuclear Agency Commander – Died 12/22/2006 – Bob retired from the service in 1984 with the rank of Colonel after having served as Chief, Systems Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office with the Army General Staff, the Pentagon. His last overseas assignment, ‘78-’79, was as Commander, Joint Task Force, Defense Nuclear Agency, Enewetak Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. The atoll had been used as an experimental site for the expenditure of 43 atomic weapons and the first H-Bomb in the 1950’s.
  • Boice, Edward Jr. – Army – First Sergeant, Enewetak Island 5/19/77-5/8/1980,  died June 2010 of bladder cancer. – Provided 8/8/16 by Eric Boice (son)
  • Butler, Hugh Troy, Sr. “Motor Mouth” – Navy – 1979, Lojwa Provided 2/18/2015 by Carl Fleenor: “Checked his FB Site & saw he passed away June 6, 2014. SOB, I served with Hugh in ACU-1 & Lojwa / Enewetak. What A Loss.”
  • Clouatre, Robert Ray – US Air Force – Staff Sergeant (E-5) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) FRST 3/1/1977 – 9/1/1977 lived on Lojwa Island and worked on the Northern islands Radiological Support/ordnance identification. Died of Cancer of the mouth/tongue 19 July 2017 in Seattle, WA. “I really didn’t know Ray that well. When I arrived at Clark AB in June 1977 he was already at Enewetak on the initial crew. When he got back he helped convince me I should volunteer for a tour and that’s part of the reason I ended up at Enewetak in April of 1978. By the time I got back from my tour, I believe he had already moved on to a new assignment back in CONUS. Ray and I were stationed together at Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1977.” – Michael M “Spanky” Sanford.
  • Corrigan, William Patrick, III – Died 10/23/2006 of colon cancer. – Provided 5/30/16 by Daniel Corrigan (son).
  • Flores, Jon R. – USAF – On 29 December 1978, two men stationed at Lojwa Camp, Captain Jon R. Flores, USAF, (the camp doctor) and Private First Class Timothy P. Jarvis, USA, were lost while sailboating in the lagoon for recreation and became the fourth and fifth fatalities of the project. They had been sailing near the three-island complex of Aomon-Bijire-Lojwa. When they failed to return, a massive search and rescue effort was initiated, covering the lagoon, all the islands of the atoll, and the downwind ocean areas to the southwest. The search employed all available local boats and helicopters, as well as U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force search and rescue aircraft from Pacific bases. The search continued without result until 3 January 1979, when it had to be discontinued because of worsening weather conditions from Typhoon Alice.
  • Forrest, Bill – Army – 84th Engineer Battalion – Died 4/12/2008, St Robert MO – Provided 1/19/2015 by SGM David Breitbach.
  • Fosdick, Walter – Army – 84th – SP5 – 3/1/1977-6/1/1977 Enewetak Island He was a heavy equipment operator. Heavy equipment operator. Heart failure, date unknown, but at least 15 years ago (somewhere near 2000) An old and dear friend. – Provided 1/25/2015 by Paul Riley.
  • Hahn, Lawrence Martin – Navy – Electrician on USS Thomaston, 6/1/76-11/2/76 & 11/15/78-5/1/79. Died on August 31, 1984 after losing his battle with testicular cancer. – Provided 9/17/16 by Linda Hahn (wife)
  • Halleran, Kenneth E. – ArmyCol. Kenneth E. Halleran, (Ret), formerly of Newington, lost his long battle with cancer on Thursday (July 31, 1997) in Locust Grove, VA. He was the son of the late Helen and Kenneth Halleran. He had a long 32 year Army career serving in Korea, German, France, Lebanon, Vietnam, Thailand and the Marshall Islands. He served on the Army general staff at the Pentagon. He commanded the final radiological clean-up of the U.S. Nuclear Test Range in the Marshall Islands.
  • Jarvis. Timothy Paul – US Army Corps of Engineers – 1977-78, Enewetak Atoll, Reported “deceased” to our family in December, 1978. We were told “he was lost at sea, and his remains were unrecoverable.” However, have always believed he was involved in a radiation accident. 8.) 5′ 10″, blonde hair, blue eyes, his rank was private, promoted to corp at death. He was stationed in HI, just prior to being sent to the Marshall Islands. 9.) I am his younger brother, I was in the 7th grade when he died, now I’m 47. We never received his body. Our family was told by the US Government to stop communication with other families, whose son’s were supposedly lost at sea with my brother. That’s why we never believed his death was the result of a sailing accident. Charles Ikner 11/8/2014
  • Jones, James William “Jim” or “Jimmy” – Army – Combat Engineer – 6/14/1979 – 11/14/1980 – Enewetak Island – Health complications: Liver disease, low platelet count, pulmonary disease, mental health problems, hearing loss. – Died 11/08/07 in Glendale, Arizona due to health complications from the above mentioned. – Provided 12/14/2014 by Rebecca Jones. “He was an amazing father and person taken way too soon.”
  • Paul Bowman ‘Buddy’ LeVan, III – Army Sierra Sentinel 5/1/2015 Obituary states “Paul Bowman LeVan III, 58, of Copperopolis in Calaveras County, entered into eternal rest due to unexpected myocardial infarction on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5:58 PM along Pool Station Road. Paul was born on January 18, 1957 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was the oldest son of Audrey Jean Wolf of Pennsylvania and the late Paul Bowman LeVan Jr.”
  • Masculine, Richard “Brooklyn Ball Buster” – Army – E-4 – 84th Engineer Battalion – Lived on Lojwa Island – Died 11/25/2013 at home in Summitville, New York due to cancer related to exposure to radiation. – Provided 12/14/2014 by Gary Pulis. “He was one of, if not the, first “Short Timer” to take me under his wing. We worked on some of the same islands, breathed some of the same dust and drank from the same “Jungle Juice” barrel.”
  • McCarn, Kevin O’Brien “Eagle Eye” “AWOL” – ArmySurveyed the crater for construction of the dome on Runit. Died 12/14/14. – Provided 5/16/17 by Kevin Riley
  • Michaud, Richard Leo – NavyWorked on Lojwa & Enewetak. Died 8/25/2000 from lymphoma. Provided 5/6/15 by Mary Michaud (wife)
  • Millspaw, Bruce – Army – E-2 – 84th Engineer Battalion – Lived on Lojwa Island – Was told he died at an early age of cancer, possible bone related. – Provided 12/15/12014 by Paul Laird. “Was stationed with him at 84th Eng Battalion Schofield Hi. before the project began. Bruce Millstone was a 20 year old Mormon from Utah , never smoked I’d drank that I knew of. I believe his death was a result of his exposure from working on the clean- up project.”
  • Moody, Donald E. – Army – SGT – 84th Engineer Battalion – Lived on Lojwa Island – Sgt Donald E. Moody died 14 August 1978 while jump starting a vehicle on Aomon Island at Enewetak Atoll. His body was crushed between a bulldozer and a dump truck. Sgt Moody was well liked by all who knew him.
  • Paiste, Jaime Carbajal – Army – 5/1/77-10/1/77, Carpenter who built 500 man base camp on Lojwa. Died 9/24/13. Provided 4/19/16 by Rodolfo Maldonado (Squad Leader at Enewetak) 
  • Parrish, Joseph Jackson – Navy – 5/7/1977-10/7/1977 – Died 1/18/2017 – Mr. Joseph Jackson Parrish, age 67, of Vernon, Florida passed away January 18, 2017 at his home. He was born May 3, 1949 in Bonifay, Florida. Joe served his Nation as a member of the U.S.Navy, who enlisted October 1968, serving during the Vietnam era. He assisted with the nuclear cleanup of the Marshall Islands and later retired with the rank of Chief Engineman, (E7) He further served with the Merchant Marines as a contracted Engineer. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS, my Brother.
  • Preciado, Richard F, Sr. “Sgt P” – Army – 11/29/78-6/29/79, SFC, in charge of Lojwa Motor Pool. Died 10/23/05 from heart problems. Provided 7/11/16 by Richard F. Preciado Jr. (Son)
  • Priest, Victor J. – Navy“On Enewetak Island, the first fatality of the cleanup project occurred on 19 August 1977. Hull Technician Vlctor J. Priest, USN, was welding on the bow ramp of a landing craft when preservative in the void area inside the ramp exploded, ripping a 6-foot hole in the ramp and killing him. The accident was investigated by Commander, Amphibious Group Eastern Pacific. Memorial services at the base chapel the following Sunday were attended by over 200 military and civilian personnel, including Iroij Johannes Peter and many of the dri-Enewetak.”
  • Reid, Ivan – Navy – ACU-1 – Ivan Reid was a BM1 in the Navy with ACU-1. He ran the waterfront at Enewetak the first half of his tour in 1979 and was at Lojwa until the end of the cleanup in 1980. Reid passed away February 2015 in Texas. May God find peace for his soul.
  • Volk, Robert H. Jr. “Mickey” – ArmyMedic – Stationed at Enewetak Atoll. Died on March 27th, 2011. Was told by Bev Androl that he died of cancer.
  • Vollbrecht, Stephen Dean “Doc” – USAF –  11/1/78-4/1/79, served on all islands as an independent duty medical technician. Died 3/1/02 from lung cancer. Provided 5/21/17 by Doreen Vollbrecht (wife)
  • Watkins – Army – E-5 – 84th Engineer Battalion – Lived and worked on Enewetak and Lojwa – Was told by another that he died of a form of cancer, possible bone involvement. – Provided 12/14/2014 by Paul Laird. “He was my squad leader.”
  • Westerling, Rod “Cowboy” – Army – E-4 – 84th Engineer Battalion – Lived on Lojwa Island – Was told by a family member that he died of heart problems. – Provided 12/15/2014 by Paul Laird. “Was stationed with him at 84th Eng Battalion Schofield Hi.and spent time with him on Enewetak before we went to Lojwa.”

If you knew a participant of the 1977 – 1980 Enewetak Atoll Cleanup Mission who has died please add that Fallen Veteran’s name to our roster now.

Page created by Girard Frank Bolton, III. 1977 – 1979 atomic cleanup participant with HHC S-3 (Operations) of the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Photograph compliments of “Tank” Joseph Francis Berghof Jr. a 1977 atomic cleanup participant with B Company of the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) (Fwd) Lojwa Island, Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

22 thoughts on “Roster of Fallen Atomic Cleanup Veterans

  1. I have tried several times to get on the list of survivors to no avail. I was SFCE7 Donald L Heldt, Lojwa power plant commander during a portion of 1978. I was on the island when SGT Moody was killed and attended his memorial service. I also remember that the island commander’s staff was reluctant to lower the colors to half-staff when a junior EM of B Co took matters into his own hands and lowered the flag himself. I was proud of him! I made one trip to Runit to consult with the commander regarding failure of conveyor motors. I went out on the morning LCM run and we were attacked at one point by flying fish. I returned courtesy of a Boston Whaler crew. My crew put up a sign advertising “The Finest Cathouse In The Marshall Islands” because our powerplant was V8 Cat engines. I am now a retired and disabled veteran living in Loganville GA.

  2. I beleive Paul Levan had died within the last year.. Advance Party, 15 May 77 ARMY 84th Engineers, B-Company. Carpenter.

  3. Regarding the question of Jarvis.
    His death WAS the result of a sailing accident.
    He and the Doc left to go sailing, it was just before a storm or typhoon, and the currents must have carried them out to sea, they dispatched search parties to no avail. Heard a rumor that the sailboat was discovered a month later a thousand miles away, only partial torsos, but assumed it was them.
    I had borrowed his speargun to go diving that day, he never returned to claim ot, and I gave it to John C. Lookabill when I arrived back in Hawaii.
    Mike Westfall

  4. I remember Cataldo, and Chest. Dont remember all their names on the larc crew, but you did teach me how to operate it, as I learned how to drive the LCU’s, and LCM’s. From the NAVY guys, had to do something on those hours long boat rides. I also remember there was a first sgt, and son on lojwa while I Was there.
    John Street, and John Lookabill, I remember well. I saw Lookabill in Washington while I was completing my ROTC senior camp at Ft Lewis in 1980 He was doing well, and working for the post office, since then we lost touch. I pulled a lot of pranks while on Lojwa, false ufo reports, flare attacks at night, and a week on the beach in Enewetak, thanks to my c/o, and a b.s.story. I enjoyed my week, but when it came to light, I made the captains shit list, didnt really want to go for art 15, it would have made him look like a fool, so I had to endure for my last 50 days, lol. There is more, but will not elaborate at this time. I do not see Bernie Chrisman on either list, he was a crane operator. They called me PACO. I was young, stupid, and very full of shit, but always up for fun.
    Mike Westfall

  5. I was there Feb. – July ‘ 79 as a surveyor, worked with SSG Bowyer and many others on Runit Dome and grid work of islands. Still above ground having had TWO lung volume reduction surgeries , 2006 and 2012. Of course doctors all said it was due to smoking , refusing to entertain the thought of internal contamination from the islands or my work at DOE plants later on. We are the forgotten ones, the expendable ones.

  6. I was in enewetakatoll from Dec 78 to Jan 79. I lost my left leg below the knee from the typhoon that hit January 5 1979. I was there with the Corp of engineers taking soil samples. We stayed on Lojwa. When the storm hit we were evacuated to enewetak the main island. I have always wanted to thank the Army hand that picked me up and carried me several hundred yards to the medics hooch. The only thing I know is his name was Joe and he was from California and in the Army. He was a big guy with a thick mustache. If anyone knows who this is please contact me on fb. William Maxime. Over there I was known as Willie Nelson from Alabama. Thanks

    • That would probably been big Joe Morgan, he was from Pacifica, near San Francisco.

  7. I was the survey party chief. My team corrected S-3s blunder, closed the key-wall and laid out the cap on Runit. Part of my team also laid out the grids on the contaminated islands for the USAF radiological survey teams. I tried to sign up for the survivor roster but it didn’t take. The picture on your site of a skinny guy standing with a T-16 Theodolite on a wooden pedestal in the center of the crater on Runit is probably me. I’ve been having vision and hearing problems and growing brain tumors; but for now, I’m still a survivor.

    • Sorry you are experiencing health challenges Jack. Hope your medical team can help resolve your brain tumor situation quickly. When were you at Enewetak? We may have been there at the same time. I remember getting some on-hands experience on how to use a transit from a couple of the surveyors on (I think) Medren. The survey team was laying out grid lines for radiation sampling. Things were slow in S-3 so I got to use a transit for the first time. Normally my job was preparing construction drawings for the rest of the battalion to build. I drew the structures built on Lojwa and for the containment structure on Runit. I heard about the non-circular key-wall blunder that had to be torn out and replaced. I don’t think the guys laying out the key-wall had surveying experience. Operations should have sent your team to Runit in the first place. Sorry your attempts to sign our Survivors Roster didn’t work. Try this link instead:

    • Jack – Was Kevin McCarn there when you were there? He was a surveyor also.

  8. I was a squad leader B Co.84th 1st platoon 1979 1981 never went over but worked with many upon returning to Schoefield. Remember watching them on 60 Minutes. I just got off phone with two N.H. Senate staff about this topic as both are on Veteran Commities. They seemed aware of this situation, but I will make sure they stay aware. Ross H.Houghton Charlestown N.H.

  9. Hello all, I am new to this site. I was on Lojwa from late 1977 – April or May of 1978. I really could use some help, have tried since 1987 to get my records from there but they can’t seem to find them. I was attached to the 84th from the 17th Engineer Bn out of FT Hood.

  10. I remember; CW2 Thomas Baldwin-309th Trans Det. LARC, SP4 Joseph Cataldo-309th LARC, WO1 Ray Hama-309th LARC, SGT Norris-309th, CW2 Ervin Deaton-84th Motor Officer at Lojwa, SSG Bradley Olson-309th Trans LARC, SSG Warren-309th Trans LARCWO1 Phillip Jackson 309th LARC, SGT Chest-309th LARC,SP5 Hewitt-309th LARC all were on Lojwa

    • SGT Chest was in 170th trans He was in charge of the welders when I was at ft story

      • Ken Bertrand, This is Tim Tuttle. You were stationed at Ft. Story with me at the 170th Trans Detach. I knew SGT Chest very well. I have been in contact with our company commander of the 170th recently. Mathew Eberz. Hope you are doing well? Let me know how you are? Take care. Sincerely, Tim Tuttle

    • I knew all of these guys from the 309 unit from Ft. Story, Va. Have been trying to find them for over 37 years! Anyone know how to get thru to them or are they all gone?

    • I was stationed with all the guys listed above except CW2 Ervin Deaton! They all left from Ft. Story in Virginia Beach, Va. Does anyone know the whereabouts of my fellow veterans?

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