Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission: Navy
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:
- Comment on Article Post at AtomicCleanupVets.com
- Commented on Article Post at AtomicCleanupVets.com
- Enewetak Atoll Clean-up Project Vets. – Facebook Group Member
- National Association of Atomic Veterans – Facebook Group Member
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