A note of memorial to my father
and to all Navy personnel who were exposed to nuclear testing.
Some folks know that I was definitely a “Daddy’s Girl” (above photo on Daddy’s lap).
Dad had cancer in both lungs and chest cavity. So Cancer was in the background since shortly after my 11th birthday … until he died Jan 1985, when I was 27 yrs old.
Today discovered that Dad’s death was likely due to exposure to nuclear testing when he was onboard the USS Walker.
Dad was in the Navy from 25May 1950 until 1Mar1954.
“ Operation Greenhouse” was probably where Dad was exposed.
Those included 4 dates; 7Apr1951, 20Apr1951, 8May1951, and 24May1951.
Dad was on deck during nuclear testing, and he spoke about feeling the chemicals on his skin.
But there was no knowledge or funding to help when Dad got cancer in 1968,
… and now the statute of limitations has run out to address anything from that long ago.
Details at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enewetak_Atoll .
27Feb1951. “Following a shakedown cruise, the escort destroyer departed San Diego and participated in the atomic Exercise Greenhouse at Eniwetok until June 1951.”
— Wiki at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Walker_(DD-517) .
“The next month, the ship joined the newly formed Escort Destroyer Squadron 1 based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She remained in Hawaii until November 1951 when she sailed for the western Pacific and joined the United Nations Blockading Force assisting UN ground troops in the Korean War. She escorted the fast carrier task forces which were supporting ground units with strategic air strikes. Thus ended Walker’s Korean War service. ((P)) Walker returned to Pearl Harbor during March 1952 and conducted type training and routine exercises for the next several months. On 2 June, the escort destroyer sailed for her second western Pacific deployment. From that time until 29 December 1963, Walker completed nine such deployments. These very active years were spent, for the most part, conducting antisubmarine warfare exercises and various operations with her task group and elements of the Republic of Korea Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.” — Wiki at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Walker_(DD-517) .
Found an interesting article at https://adst.org/2013/10/bikini-bombshell-the-first-h-bomb-test-on-the-eniwetok-atoll/ .
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