Girard Frank Bolton, III.
Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission: Army
Rank: E-4 Spec-4
Job Title: 81B20 Combat Draftsman
Unit: S-3 Operations, HHC, 84th Engineer Battalion
1st Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour: 6/15/1977 – 11/8/1977
2nd Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour: 8/15/1978 ~ 5/18/1979
Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll: Enewetak
Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll: Enewetak
Description of Work Performed: Prepared construction documents for Lojwa Base Camp Buildings and Infrastructure. Prepared construction documents for the Atomic Debris Containment Structure known as Cactus Dome on Runit Island. Prepared charts, graphs and critical path method schedules for construction and cleanup operations. Updated the Joint Task Group’s Operations Board after collecting man-hours, equipment-hours and contaminated materials transportation reports from Lojwa and Runit Executive Officers. Scheduled helicopter flights between Enewetak, Lojwa and other islands. Provided mail clerk duties for the 84th Engineer Battalion on Enewetak Island and Lojwa Island.
Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure: Yes
Comments about Health Challenges: I served 14 months of Enewetak Atoll TDY Service from 1977-1979 before my ETS in 1980. In 1979, Enewetak Atoll’s Dr Means wanted me to have an operation to remove calcium buildup I developed at Enewetak Atoll but I refused the neck operation. My dentist in 1981 claimed my teeth suffered from a lack of calcium, even though I drank milk on a daily basis. Diagnosed with three Ulcers and Rheumatoid Arthritis within four years of leaving Enewetak Atoll. In the 1990’s my leg and foot cramps were diagnosed as Fibromyalgia and was told I have Degenerative Disc Disease. I developed High Blood Pressure, Neuropathy, an Enlarged Prostate and Diverticular Disease in the early 2000’s. I had Hemorrhoids removed in 2013. I recently selected a new doctor to determine exactly what my current health issues are and am looking forward to resolving those health challenges. She already has me scheduled for lab tests and appointments with a Neurologist and an Gastroenterologist. Many of the dates and timeframes are educated guesses. I will update this information soon after receiving a copy of my medical records. (2/15/2015)
Veterans Administration Health Assistance: No assistance currently requested.
Experiences with the Veterans Administration: None
Current Residence: Mobile, Alabama
Contributions towards accomplishing Our Current Mission:
- AtomicCleanupVets.com – Website Owner Administrator
- Atomic Cleanup Veterans – Facebook Fan Page Administrator
- ColdWarSurvivors.org – Website Owner Administrator
- Enewetak Atoll Clean-up Project Vets. – Facebook Group Administrator
- Military & Dependent Environmental Hazard Group – Facebook Group Member
- National Association of Atomic Veterans – Facebook Group Administrator
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