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William McDonough says
I am one child of seven of a father that served in the Air Force in the early 50’s. As well as being in Korea, I recall him one time talking about a nuclear test that he observed. It had to be Nevada. He was diagnosed with cancer in his early 40’s and died at the age of 52. I was 20, my youngest brother 15.
gail yoder says
my father died when I was !& I was just coming out of having my spleen removed I found out way later I had radiation in it my dad was going into va hospital all I know is he never came out I have 2 brothers wer all a year apart we were all born 5 pounds I have 5 kids and they were all 5 pounds me and my brother a year older tthen me found out we both had cancer about the same day but I had breast cancer but he had lukemia and he died not even a year later which was a year ago I lost part of me we are all so close and my son thats 27 now had a brain tumor when he was 5 I think alot about all those men suffering with all there illnesses from defending our country it makes me sick how they all suffered so much and so many and now there kids and grandkids for what we should have never done that to japan how could we I hate us sometimes Im afraid we are leaving the world in trhe wrong hands I hate to say
David Erlinger says
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My father was a veteran of Operation Plumbob, the Smoky nuclear test And Galileo test. He lived a long life but both myself and my sister suffer an illness which no one else in our family has. I have often wondered if the atomic tests were related in some way to our problem.
Sandye Shortt Williamson says
I am the daughter of an Atomic Veteran. My father served in the US Navy USS Curtiss during 1955 & 1956 Bikini Atoll. He died in Oct of 1980 at the age of 43 from Liver Cancer. Devastating to our family. He was a good man and we miss him everyday.
Missie Coffman says
I am a daughter of a Marine Corp Veteran who was present at the Nevada Teating site in 1952. I’m not sure which one I’m new to this information. All my life my whole family and childhood was very weird and secretive. I’m 54 years old trying to find out who I am !! But I’m his medical records the VA explicitly states this in his records about the Nevada testing site If I could find out which one it would help I’m trying thanks
I am the daughter of a atomic veteran of Bikini Atoll he was aboard the photography ship sent in to survey the lagoon an islands immediately after detonation highly exposed. My child wore many traits of disability due to this. It has had enormous repercussions on our family in neurological damage. My father died after suffering his entire life with skin neurological and numerous illnesses he kept his dignity and love for country in tact. Without any support or acknowledgment of our government it has been a very difficult endeavor to find any resource information to both the rare syndrome my child suffered and recently succumbed too. Having been so radically exposed to these powerful bombs and having such secrecy surrounding the event has been very devastating the service of a lab rat or as I found out that they had referred to us as monsters is very sad and tragic. The hybridization of human beings is a painful legacy. Tessa Jo Williams aka Terri Hurst
Carol Inman says
My father was at Bikini Beach aw well. He was on board the Quartz. I have tried to get compensation for my mother but she died before the hearing. My father was approved for for some benefit but died before that happened. He had to get a lawyer which he did but died before an award could happen. I had thyroid cancer back in 2010. I was told it was due to radiation. I was not around any that I knew of.
Angel Prince says
Amy father was there too, he is still alive fought c cancer. My sister and I have both had cancer at 23 and 25, as well. We are still learning about all this information.
Wondering if my dental distress and extensive tooth loss by age 30, as well as significant spinal bone degeneration may be related to status as child of Operation Redwing Atomic Veteran in Bikini Atolls (1953). Interested in the IRMA document.
I am the daughter of an Atomic Veteran. He was stationed in Enewetak, operation greenhouse. He was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 45 and died at the age of 52 after a long and painful fight. My older brother was diagnosed with cancer in 1982 at age 29 and fortunately won his battle. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 at the age of 52 and am also a survivor. I have had numerous skin cancers and tumors and also some neurological issues. My first tumor was at age 5. My younger brother was born in 1956 but died shortly after birth due to several deformities. I just hope my father’s grandchildren will not suffer from his radiation exposure.
I don’t think a “certificate” recognizing that they were atomic veterans quite covers the suffering and pain for the families and possibly their decedents.
Daughter of Hardtack Veteran, also a Veteran. Glad to have found this info, and trying to correlate my thyroid issues if they are a result of his documented exposure.
Audra Milburn says
I’m also a daughter of a Veteran for operation hardtack. My father got thyroid cancer and had it removed soon after exposure and had to take synthroid until he passed a week ago.
I am the daughter of an atomic veteran of the Nevada test site of the 1950’s. My father died from cancer. A tumor the size of a football pressed against his spine and had metastasized to other organs by the time it caused him pain and was discovered. He died 6 weeks after discovery.
James Turner says
I am the son of an atomic veteran and have a genetic abnormality. I was born with one Kidney and only one vas deferens. The Kidney is twice the size of a normal Kidney.
Kim Matthews says
My dad was stationed in Enewetak in 1958-59. He was part of US Army Task Group 7.2 and worked in special services. Thank you all for your vital work.
Eric Farmer says
I am the son of an Atomic Veteran who was stationed on Eniwetok and Bikini atolls. His dates were June 18, 1950 – May 13, 1951 with the 516 MP SV. CO. I have etched glass items with many of the names and details of that mission. It’s poignant to hear the stories of the veterans and their families. I hope to stay involved and connected.
Cynthia Boyd says
My father was an Atomic Vet. He died when he was 42, I was just 6. Most of my life I couldn’t understand why he died so young. As an adult, I understand more what I have missed out on. I have a blood clotting disorder and so does my daughter. she almost lost her life and her daughters life due to the blood clotting disorder. I have sarcoidosis, which is a autoimmune disease. So please count me in.
Suzette Beck says
I am the daughter of an Air Force father who took air samples after nuclear detonations over the Pacific ocean between Alaska and Russia. He died quickly of lung cancer at age 52. I was conceived the year he took the samples and was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14.
I’m interested if his Air Force involvement with nuclear tests was the reason he and I ended up with cancer.
Lori Jaimes says
I am the child of an atomic veteran. My father battled lymphoma twice, skin cancer, prostate, and pancreatic which took his life at age 86 in October of 2020. He was the strongest person I knew, but knew he could not win. We miss him dearly. Rest in peace Opa
I am the son of an Atomic Test Veteran.
Children of Atomc Veterans says
Welcome Jack. Thank you for your service. Stay tuned… we have some announcements coming soon.
Albert C Snow says
I sat at a friendly bar in Louisville, KY sometime in the late 70s or early 80s during a very special national no nukes conference and next to me was a wonderful man named Orville Kelly who was an atomic test veteran. I think he may have a founder of an Atomic veterans group. We laughed and talked and shook our heads. I believe he died of radiation wounds a year or so later. He would truly appreciate the ongoing work.
I also watched my friends father who worked at the Hanford plutonium factory develop brain cancer, get paid off and die.
The human cost is terrible.
The spirit is alive.
Kathy Kirchner-Sinai says
You are absolutely correct about Orville Kelly! How nice you got to enjoy some time with him. We have lost friends and family as well, it is awful. So sorry for your loss. We will not let them forget!
Jeannette Collins says
I am the daughter of an Atomic Veteran.
Kathy Kirchner-Sinai says
Children of Atomc Veterans says
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