Tommy R. Thompson

Tommy R. Thompson

Nickname:  —

Employer during Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission:  Navy

Rank:  E-6

Job Title: Whaler Boats and Outboard Engine Repair

Unit: ACU-1 Coronado, CA

Enewetak Atoll TDY Tour:  4/25/1978 – 8/25/1980

Island Lived on at Enewetak Atoll:  Enewetak

Islands Worked on at Enewetak Atoll:  Enewetak

Description of Work Performed:  Set up and ran the whaler shop outfitting and repairing boats and outboard motors

Health Challenges which may be related to Radiation Exposure:  —

Comments about Health Challenges: COPD. Abdominal aneurysm repaired 10/3/2012. Another near the heart. They won’t do that one because of the COPD. Health care I use at present is Medicare and TriCare for life.

Veterans Administration Health Assistance: I don’t use the VA. I don’t use the active military bases with the hospitals/doctors.

Experiences with the Veterans Administration:  No experiences.

Current Residence: Greensburg, Indiana

Contributions towards accomplishing Our Current Mission:

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  1. I was on lojwa Apr. 78 for180 days I had spinal cord tumor on t7t8 vertebrate removed can’t walk benign tumor had some on shoulder other parts of my body does any one think Enewetak caused this all this happened in 2003. I heard they is a trust fund setup for people with bad health that was in Enewetak

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