Johnny Ray Deardorff


Johnny Ray Deardorff

Nickname:  —

Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission:  Army

Rank:  E-4

Job Title: 62G20 Quarrying Specialist

Unit: A Company, 84th Engineer Battalion

Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour:  4/20/1978 – 9/22/1978

Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll:  Lojwa

Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll:  Runit

Description of Work Performed:  Quarry and asphalt paving. Drill and Blasting Section as well. Resident Electrician. Specialist responsible for Operation of all Crushers, Generators and Batch Plant operations and all related equipment. Worked with Holmes and Narver Specialist trouble shooting and putting into operation the Batch Plant, construction of the generating shed, wiring up all related equipment and supervising the debris separation from all foreign materials, bombs, shells, mortars, mines, bullets, wood, metal, all radioactive debris, machine guns, occasional grenades, all left over from WWII. Carry what was HOT to the crater and throw it in, detonate all old ordinance at the end of the day when not in operation at the plant. Policing area of HOT junk and making 270 loads of hot concrete a day to mix with radioactive soil at peak production times.

Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure:  Yes

Comments about Health Challenges: Unexplained seizures. Unexplained Aortic Spasms. Three unexplained TIA Strokes. Degenerative spine disease. Migraines that began after I served. Radiation sickness four times. (5/19/2014)

Veterans Administration Health Assistance: Yes. Not for exposure.

Experiences with the Veterans Administration:  It took me 19 years of battles to get a settlement I was 40% disabled after service because of the unexplained maladies. Got 70% for PTSD and only rate 80% overall and 20% for unemployable.

Current Residence: Gold Beach, Oregon

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Enewetak Atoll Photos:

  •  Johnny-Ray-Dearorff-lojwa-03RunitJohnny-Ray-Dearorff-lojwa-05 Johnny Ray Dearorff and a LARC

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