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. – Army – Col. 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” – Army – Surveyed the crater for construction of the dome on Runit. Died 12/14/14. – Provided 5/16/17 by Kevin Riley
- Michaud, Richard Leo – Navy – Worked 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” – Army – Medic – 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.