James Diemer


James Diemer

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Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission:  Navy

Rank:  E-6

Job Title: BM-1 Craftsmaster

Unit: USN Support from ACB1 Detachment

Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour:  9/1/1978 – 2/1/1979

Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll:  Enewetak and Lojwa

Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll:  Lojwa, Runit, etc….

Description of Work Performed:  My Warping Tug call sign was “Bubblegum”. Ferried 4 causeway sections from island to island loading Army dump trucks loaded with contaminated soil to the island of Runit.

Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure:  Yes

Comments about Health Challenges: I have continuous pain in my legs, arms and hands. I have had numerous growths removed from my neck. I now have more growths on my body. I am diabetic and sometimes have problems breathing.

Veterans Administration Health Assistance: Pending assistance. (5/19/2014)

Experiences with the Veterans Administration:  So far it has been good.

Current Residence: San Diego, California

Contributions towards accomplishing Our Current Mission:

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