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Operation Crossroads

Discussion in 'Post War 1945-1955' started by Class of '42, May 6, 2020.

  1. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    Soon after the war America began atomic testing in the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. They herded off the local natives and brought in surplus and captured ships as ground zero targets. Basically as a media demonstration for the world to film and watch this new atomic power in action.

    Reason I bring this up, is because my wife's father was part of the first tests in 1946, which he witnessed the first two blast as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, code named Able and Baker. He was anchored miles away but the fallout was enormous but he was told the effects on humans was within safety levels....yeah sure. He said afterwards they had to decontaminate his ship by scrubbing it down with brooms, mops, brushes, hoses and with soap and lye. Plus they had to burn their uniforms before they could enter port in San Diego..that all sound within reasonable levels????

    Bud died at the age of 72 of congestive heart failure, my wife has the same thing among other issues, her brother has Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), her sister mental problems and just found out my wife's daughter also has congestive heart failure and never could have kids before this...this simply a family coincidence???..or due to radiation fallout some 74 years ago??..I think the latter.

    Operation Crossroads - Wikipedia
     
  2. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Google "Atomic Veterans".
     
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    Congestive heart failure can result from direct exposure of the heart with radiation - cancer treatment. With whole body exposure such as Crossroads or Japanese survivors, the studies are much less clear. Also, several studies have shown that CHF is not hereditary.
     
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    I might eventually be able to comment on possible events that possibly lead to my CHF.
     
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    I have a deep foreboding feeling that my wife won't wake up some morning..:(
     
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    If there is a hereditary heart disease the Health care system should check it. If the government caused radiation damage they are to blame and should pay the treatment and other Costs like court etc
     
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    It's the days you have with her that matter, not the days you have without her. I know, I'm on my fourth wife.
     
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    ..heart disease/etc is and can be genetic....I remember my father's brother died of heart failure--fairly young....and my father and other uncle were in the hospital at the same time for heart problems
     

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