James J. Patterson


James J. Patterson

Nickname:  Jim

Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission:  Army

Rank:  E-5 SGT

Job Title: 62B20 Heavy Equipment Mechanic – NCOIC of Runit Shop

Unit: A Company, 84th Engineer Battalion

Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour:  Not Provided

Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll:  Lojwa

Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll:  Runit

Description of Work Performed:  Worked on heavy equipment on Runit. Was Shop NCOIC while there.

Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure:  Yes.

Comments about Health Challenges: Acute Random Urticaria with large blisters. Diabetes type 2.

Veterans Administration Health Assistance: Have applied. Have not heard back yet. (5/7/2014)

Experiences with the Veterans Administration:  —

Current Residence: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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