Lieutenant Daniel says “We’re Still OK”

Radiation Information Compiled during the beginning of the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission in 1977.

We are but a few of the Survivors of the 1977-1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands. 

Our Original Mission was to relocate and entomb radioactive fallout and debris from the surface of the islands of Enewetak Atoll so the dri-Enewetak Islanders could return to their beautiful homeland of 40 Islands in the Marshall Islands.

We accomplished our Humanitarian Mission in 1980. Some of us have health challenges related to cleaning up radiation produced by 43 atomic bombs tested in the Pacific Proving Grounds during the Cold War’s Atomic Test Program. Some of us have died.

Harry Daniel was a lieutenant in the Army when he was assigned to participate in the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Cleanup Mission. He was told many times during the mission that “We’re still ok.”

Our mission had a classified security status. The reality is most information was shared on a need to now basis by the higher echelon. One would think all Officers would be privy to information, but that would be a misconception.

In 1996, President Clinton lifted the “veil of secrecy” about the details of atomic testing at Enewetak Atoll and the levels of radiation we were exposed to during our mission.

Since then, the Government has improved its internet storage and public access of government documents and other materials.

Just recently, Harry Daniel found our group of guys and started looking into the documents related to our atomic cleanup mission. What he found was almost unbelieveable and made his blood boil.

A couple of days ago, Harry shared what he learned from those government documents on the Buchanan Investigations Blog Talk Radio Show (1/4/2017).

You can learn, in a short time, about what LT Harry Daniel learned by listening here:

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LT Harry Britton Daniel II was the Assistant S-3 (Operations) on Enewetak Island until he moved to Lojwa Island and served as the Operations Officer and XO of B Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, US Army from 1/15/1978 through 6/15/1978.

You can help us change our “occupational” exposure classification to “at-risk” exposure by letting your Federal Representatives know you want them to support H.R. 632 – Mark Takai’s Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act.

Continue to learn more about us from various resources shared by supporters and cleanup participants in future AtomicCleanupVets.com articles. Our articles contain photographs, videos, documents and stories shared by the actual participants who cleaned radioactive contaminated soils and materials from the surface of the islands at Enewetak Atoll.

Article written by Girard Frank Bolton, III. 1977-1979 (14 month) participant with C Company and HHC S-3 (Operations) 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) (Fwd) Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Our Current Mission is to help health challenged Atomic Cleanup Veterans become included in the Veterans Administration’s definition of an Atomic Veteran so we can qualify to apply for funds set aside for veterans “who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”

Pictures from a Runit Glow By Nighter – Alan Leeman

 

Welcome to Runit

We are but a few of the Survivors of the 1977-1980 Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands.

Our main focus is to help each other with information and moral support during challenging times of our declining health.

Our secondary focus is to urge Congress to change the current laws and recognize soldiers of the cleanup mission as “veterans who participated in radiation-risk activities during active service.”

I was surprised to find a small package in my post office box earlier this month.

Alan Leeman, a Runit Glow By Nighter, mailed 350 photographs and a couple of documents he asked me to post on our website.

 

Here is what he wrote in his note:

Girard Bolton,

My name is Alan Leeman and I am a Runit Glow By Nighter.

I was in Eniwetok 84th ENG Company A. I worked on the island of Runit every day for six months. We set up the rock crusher, blasted the reef for rock, set up the decontamination station, built the cement storage, and so on.

I am sending 350 pictures of Lojwa and Runit. I went through the Typoon and had X-mas there.

In my pictures, you will find we were not protected from the radiation. They said half of Runit was safe and the other half was not?

Please use my pictures in any way you like. I am also sending some articles from newspapers.

In June, I fell from a standing fall and broke my hip. I am 56 and this should not of happened. After a lot of testing, I found out that my bones are of an 80 year old man.

Went to VA and they put me on a Radiation Registry and said nothing wrong with me at his time. I say bull!

Please feel free to contact me at any time and thank you for a great website!

Alan Leeman

Thank You Alan Leeman for your contribution to our website and for your military service.

I hope you enjoy these photographs. I know I did. By the way, if you were one of the guys who got an all expense paid by our U.S. Government trip to Enewetak Atoll and think some of the views don’t look the way you remember, you just proved you have a good memory, because some of the photos are flipped.

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