Girard Frank Bolton, III.


Girard Frank Bolton, III.

Nickname:  —

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:

Enewetak Atoll Photos:

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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.”

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  1. Girard Frank Bolton-did you ever come to Lojwa and Sally to take photographs and and make movies of the operations? You look familiar.

    • I took a lot of personal photos, but no movies. You may remember me delivering mail to Lojwa. I worked in S3 Operations as a Draftsman during both my tours. Inbetween my tours, I worked in the 84th’s mailroom at K Quad at Schofield and drove a red 64-1/2 Mustang.

  2. I sent a copy of my VA paperwork (putting in a claim for agent orange, and also paperwork on Enewetak along with copies of articles on the Atomic Veteran website, and pictures) to Kansas Senator Moran and Jenkins. I received a phone call from Senator Moran’s assistant on Friday 20 Mar 2015. She said he was impressed with this paperwork and didn’t know the extent of the problems in Enewetak. He has read the package from front to back and has contacted Senators, Jenkins and a Senator from NY and Montana. They are going to bring this up at the next legislative board on Veterans Affairs and also the Military Board of which he is a participating member. I will be receiving e-mails and paperwork keeping me updated on what is being done. What I receive I’ll share with the rest of you. I’ve got a former VA Rep assisting me with all of this, she worked as a VA Rep for over 20 years and has been helping with this for the last year on getting this written up and who to send it to. I’ve got to give her a lot of the credit for getting this done in a professional manner, and for all of the assistance she has been giving us on this. She has really been into helping us get something done and to at least be recognized as this being a serious problem.

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