William Lovey Mozingo
3/7/17 to 5/8/76
United States Navy
Wigwam in 55 and Redwing in 56
There is not a day goes by that I don't think of my loving father and his unselfish sacrafices for this country. He suffered from congestive heart failure, asthma and emphysema and left us on 5/8/76 at the young age of 59 because of a massive stroke. All he ever told us was that he had witnessed an Atomic explosion absent the details. I take this last day of the millennium to honor my father who gave everything to his family, country and government. He served from 3/12/36 to 9/24/56 and participated in the China Service, WWII and Korea more than his share. He loved his country as much or more than his family and would never betray either. I vow to fight to my last breath to set the record straight and have the government come clean with the whole story.Bill Mozingo, USN RETIRED
Honored by: Son, Bill Mozingo, USN Retired
Dec 31, 1999
Richard William West
? still trying to locate
Dad took his secret to his grave. Guess he felt they would really punish him. They did! They killed him! 56 yrs. old. Never got to see a grandchild.Please contact me if you have any helpful info. Such as....how to find out his unit #.
Honored by: Daughter - Rita West Myers
Jan 7, 2000
Milton B. Horton
9-20-25 to 11-14-99
He was the beloved husband of Margaret and father of Janice, Barbara, Sylvia and Greg. He was extremely private regarding his military career. He piloted a landing craft during the D-Day invasion that was hit by enemy fire. Only eight men survived, our father was one of them. After this experience he was sent to participate in Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll. He never discussed the bomb tests. We believe he knew the effects this had on his health. Throughout his life he suffered with skin cancer, lung disease and numerous other health problems. We wish to honor our father with this memorial, for all he sacrificed for both his country and family. You are our hero, WE LOVE YOU DADDY.
Honored by: Janice, Barbara, Sylvia and Greg
Mar 5, 2000
Franklin Odell Sparkman
U.S. Naval Service
He was an honorable and well-loved man and he also loved well.
Honored by: Pamela, his daughter
Mar 9, 2000
Danne Joel Erb
10/04/1936 - 03/20/1997
arteriosclerosis, liver and kidney failure
My father's service aboard the USS Curtiss and his participation in Operation Redwing were never talked about in our house. He only spoke of his tour of Japan in 1954-1955. 1956 didn't exist. He left this world at the young age of 60. He had retired from his employment with Shell Oil Company at the age of 55 to pursue his dream of owning a ranch in Texas. He loved the land and loved his cattle. He beamed everytime he spoke about it. That was all taken away from him in 1997 as I watched him die over a 6 week period. Six weeks that he couldn't talk because of a respirator. His death preceded his 89 year old mother. She doesn't understand, all she knows is that it's the parent that is supposed to die first. If only she knew that the government was responsible for the loss of her son, her only child. His grandchildren didn't get to know him very well and it's a shame. Every day of my life, I have to live with what the government did in 1956. The congenital defects of my eyes are a constant reminder. I see him everyday,in me,his grandchildren and his picture. Gone but not forgotten, his memory lives on. I love you dad.
Honored by: His daughter: Cheryl Outmon
Mar 29, 2000
Victor E. "Skip" Morgan
Cancer (5 different kinds), lung disease, stroke
United States Navy , Feb. 1936 -Sept. 1956, Retired 20 years
Trinity, Xroads, Sandstn, Grnhse, Rangr, Tumblr-Snapr, Bustr-Jangl, Upsht-Knothl, Castl, Ivy, Rdwng
Dad was also with the naval occupation forces in Hiroshima and Nagasaki just weeks after the blasts. As I sit here today I cannot believe our government did not know my father would be adversely affected by the radioactive particles that he had ingested and inhaled. He probably took part in more nuclear "experiments" than any other human being in history, but for 40 years our government told him he would be just fine. They said his children would be just fine too. Well, I am here to tell you he was not "just fine," and at the end of his life, in 1992, none of the doctors could agree on a cause of death. On the death certificate it listed lung disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. After five years, in 1997, his government adjudicated him 100% service-related disabled, caused by his exposure to ionizing radiation at Crossroads in 1946. It was too little and too late. He never knew. He was already gone. He did not get the vindication he deserved, and here was a man who sacrificed himself and his family for his country. He suffered with great dignity because he loved his country. We, his family, love our country too, but we would ask our country not to turn a blind eye to our many health problems. His children and grandchildren suffer silently with autoimune diseases, life threatening lung diseases and gastrointestinal problems, all the while wondering when will we die of the inevitable effects of the radiation. And neither me nor my children can get health insurance. Unlike many of the men who would not tell their family what they had seen, my father told us about the tests. He said they had told him he would be shot as a traitor, or lose his military pension and medical coverage. He was a veteran of two wars, and more importantly a pioneering Atomic Veteran. He gave his life for his country just as surely as if he had caught an incoming round during his war duty. At times, he felt it would have been preferable to the continued suffering of him and his family. My mother Emily, his wife of 50 years and his children pray for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons for the sake of mankind. We appreciate the suffering of the Atomic Veterans and their families, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Honored by: Emily Z. Morgan, Vicki Morgan Walker, John P. Morgan, Madeline C. Morgan and Ernest E. Morgan
Apr 26, 2000
Daniel Joseph Syboda
9 Jun 1926 10 Apr 1995
U. S Navy
Operation Crossroads Able and Baker Test July 1946 Bikini Atoll
So stunned to discover that my father participated in this test. He was only 20 years old at the time and his only comment to us children about his mortality was "I probably won't live to be 60". To my knowledge he never discussed this and truly sacrificed his very life for a country he so dearly loved. My father passed away at the age of 66 from Cancer. He devoted his entire career to the U.S. Navy. He is and will always be such a hero in my heart.
Honored by: Rebecca Syboda Baker
Aug 14, 2000
Estel Browning Myers, Pharmacist Mate 1st Class
1-3-20 - 9-12-73
Carcinoma of brain and left lung, also cardiac arrest
USN POW in WW2 liberated in Nagasaki
Nagasaki Plutonium Bomb
This man I called dad and that was taken from me at age 12 has been the best influence of my life. He is my inspiration in life to seek justice! My father helped raise (along with my mother) as long as his health prevailed 7 of the most caring people this world has. He showed us how to love the enemy, love and respect others and hold our country as sacred land. He taught us how to give to others and have compassion with everyone we meet. He taught us how to cry in joy and laugh in trials remembering that the hard times will always pass. But most of all he taught us how to love and trust GOD with all of our hearts and to live by the Golden Rule. That was his motto! This was my father in the POW camps and in LIFE. He is my HERO !!!!!!!!! and my father
Honored by: Alecia Kissel (daughter)
Aug 22, 2000
Norman L. Summers, Jr.
Chronic Myelegenous Leukemia
Daddy -- you will always be a hero in your family's heart. We miss you more every day.
Honored by: Delinda Sterling
Aug 29, 2000
Colonel Nicholas Kane
June 24, 1909
Kidney failure/form of leukemia
US Air Force
Contamination from Bikini ships/l948 Treasure Island,CA. & Desert Rock Feb-March 1955 TEAPOT
Kaddish for my dad. We are Jewish; My father suffered died as a result of his immune system failing & his inability to make white blood cells. The VA and other agencies claim they lacked proof of his being at DR. His orders plainly state so. The DNA denied that the Treasure Island Bikini ships were contaminated. Yet he wrote of them. The ships were later sunk off the American coast. Most of the military agencies have mis lead my search about the effects of radiation on the participants. Only in the past ten yers have through the help of librarians discovered documents prooving the gov't. knew and feard the legal consequences. There are neuological effects also. Hope all of us continue seaching and sharing documents of our American mistreatment of our fathers and or
Honored by: Sandra Kane Marlow
Oct 24, 2000
CHARLES R. HASTER
NAVY USS WHARTON
Honored by: JOHN S HASTER
Oct 25, 2000
Chester A Wiley
Cancer with unknown primary until autopsy
Bikini Islands Atoll USS John Blish
My father was aboard the USS John Blish during the testing of the Atomic Bombs Able and Baker. He died on February 7,2001 thirty days after being diagnosed with cancer with an unknown primary source. The cancer was in the liver and lung but not coming from those sources. We believe that he died of radiation exposure while on board the USS John Blish. There is no cancer in his family history. He also went blind in one eye and was told by the VA that they didn't know what caused the blindness. He had open heart surgery 3 years ago and also while in the service was treated for TB. We will miss him. He was a great man.
Honored by: Ellen Wiley and Family
Feb 11, 2001
Robert Shannon McCalip
US Army RA 573rd Ordinance Company
My Father drove a large tow truck or Wrecker into the blast areas after a detonation to retrieve tanks, trucks, and jeeps that had been in the impact area for examination by scientists at Camp Desert Rock, NV. He also told me stories about how sometimes he'd be asleep in his quonset hut in his bunk and a night shot would cause the entire bunk to shift out from under him and drop him to the floor of the hut. He used to talk about the other Soldiers and Marines ordered to squat in trenches while nukes were detonated near them and that if they laid down in the trenches the sand from the desert would bury them alive, but if they squated down as they were told, then they could push their way out of the sand. He also told me that he was transfered out of the area because his dosemeter badge was "full". I love my Father and miss him very much. I wish that he'd not been exposed to so much radiation but I reckon it needed to be done for my future and the future of my Son. I just wish he didn't have to suffer so much pain in the end.God bless the men and women who serve America for our sakes.
Honored by: Slade Shannon McCalip his Son
Feb 12, 2001
John Thomas Crawford
Army Co C, 412th Engr Const Bn
It is so hard for me to believe that these men gave so much and were killed by our government. My dad died at the age of 55 of Lung Cancer. My fathers duties during Upshot Knothole was to lay in a foxhole and immediately after the blast charged forward to "mop up" an imaginary enemy theoretically weakened by the A-bomb blast. Now you tell me that the govt. didn't kill my father. I was only 19 when he was taken from me and for all that he gave for our country, I should have gotten more years with my dad. Daddy, I love you and miss you terribly. I will fight this in your honor!
Honored by: Jill (daughter)
Contact info removed by request.
Feb 23, 2001
Col. Nicholas Kane
Dec. 9 1977
Official? Poly Cythema Vera/leukemia
Operation TEAPOT/ Naval Radiological Defense Labs;SF 1948
Hope we can have a gathering of children/of Atomic Vets.Share materials. I have done research for 20 years. Please add the Jewish star to your form. Thank you
Honored by: Sunny (Sandra)Kane Marlow
May 29, 2001
James Arthur Ramsay
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma / U.S. Government
Researching/ 2 tests during active service between 1948-1953
My father died a young man, at the age of 45 in June of 1975.He was an exemplary Father,Husband,Businessman, and a best Friend to all those who knew him.He left behind a young widow and three very young boys.One of those "boys" is still crying 26 years later as he writes this...My Father, and your loved ones, will never be brought back, but I can never truly be proud to call myself an American until this abomination against our servicemen and their families is recognized.
Honored by: Mark Kennett Ramsay
Aug 10, 2001
James Arthur Ramsay
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma / U.S. Government
Researching/ 2 tests during active service between 1948-1952
My father died a young man, at the age of 45, in June of 1975.He was an exemplary Father,Husband,Businessman,and a best Friend to all those who knew him.He left behind a young widow and three very young boys.One of those "boys" is still crying 26 years later as he writes this...My Father, and your loved ones, will never be brought back, but I can never truly be proud to call myself an "American" until this abomination against our servicemen and their families is recognized.
Honored by: Mark Kennett Ramsay
Aug 10, 2001
Major LeRoy Martin
7/23/24 and 8/4/98
Shot APPLE II of Operation Teapot
My father was LeRoy Martin, who passed away on August 4, 1998. The cause of his death was pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to his liver and elsewhere. My father had a 20+ year career in the military serving both in the Navy and the Army. He retired in 1963 with the rank of Major. He was in the Army Security Agency for much of his career and at the time of his retirement. He served his country both in WWII and the Korean war. On Feb. 28, 1955, while a First Lieutenant assigned to the 306th Communications Reconnaissance Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C., he received orders to go to Camp Desert Rock, Nevada to participate in a nuclear bomb test. In a document dated 11/24/99, sent to my Mother from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 45045 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Va. 20166-7517, it is stated that “...Mr. Martin is a confirmed participant in Shot APPLE II of Operation TEAPOT, a U.S. atmospheric nuclear test series conducted at the Nevada Test Site [NTS] during 1955.” In a letter dated 11/3/99 to Mr. G.W. Leonard of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Detroit, Mr. D.M. Schaeffer of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency confirms that “...the most likely scenario for his [Mr. Martins’] participation would have been as an observer at Shot APPLE II on May 5, 1955.”Operation TEAPOT was the fifth series of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission within the continental United States and consisted of 14 nuclear detonations and one non-nuclear detonation. The detonations occurred between Feb. 18 - May 15, 1955. Shot APPLE II was the 13th of the 14 detonations and involved a 500 foot tower detonation of a 29 kiloton bomb at 0510 hours on May 5, 1955 in Area 1 of Yucca Flat. The 29 kiloton explosive was the second largest of the 14 detonations during Operation TEAPOT. Only Shot TURK [43 kilotons] was larger and 9 of the detonations involved devices 8 kilotons or less. By comparison, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 12.5 kilotons and the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was 20 kilotons...both of considerably less magnitude than the one my father was ordered to observe. There were 2144 Army personnel assigned to operation TEAPOT. An “Informational Booklet” published in 1955 and given to my Father indicates that “...observers will witness the shot from trenches and make a post-detonation inspection of the equipment display to see effects of the detonation.” Observers were in trenches 6-7 feet deep located 2380 - 3180 meters from ground zero. The equipment displays were...at...ground zero. Refusal to participate in the so-called tests could result in court martials, dishonorable discharges, charges of mutiny, treason or prison. Apparently, more than 400,000 Americans were exposed to radiation during the United States testing programs both within and beyond our borders, or while serving as monitors in Japan following the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blast
Honored by: son...Doug Martin
Jan 4, 2002
Marshall Hall Wight
08 August 1922
Renal Carcinoma, Polycythemia Vera
Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company
Measured fallout according to National weather service data using a RADSAFE trailer. Positioned trailer in fallout path, collected and radioed data to main station.
Honored by: Evelyn Wight Brooks
Apr 8, 2002
robert g bies
baker /able/operation crossroads
he suffered so bad for3 years he died looking like aman living in a concintration camp .no man shoud have looked like that -ever.
Honored by: his wife of 34 years./maryann
Apr 10, 2002
Kenneth J Rohrer
United States Navy
Bikini Beach , Crossroad
In dedication I will continue to look into the effects of Atomic energy on our friend and on his son who is totally disabled and struggling with life. Beavers
Honored by: Gena and Randy Beaver
Apr 14, 2002
Adam T. Kowalewski
Colon Cancer, Heart, Cardiovascular Disease
Army 34th Regt. 24 Div.
Occupation Troops in Hiroshima
A devoted husband, cherised father, grandfather. Bewildered all of his life as to why he was suffering from so many illnesses regarding his circulation, deep vein thrombosis, phlebitis, heart disease and bypass and colon cancer. Deeply missed and will always be loved by his family and friends. Cheated out of good health all of his life and did not live long enough to watch his grandchildren get older who worshipped the ground he walked on. Family still cannot find consolation in his passing, feel bitter that we were cheated of many more years of his love and perplexed and bitter as to why he was never told he was suffering from the effects of ionizing radiation. A wonderful life cut short.
Honored by: Barbara J. Kowalewski
Apr 27, 2002
William Lovey Mozingo
3/7/1917 - 5/8/1976
United States Navy
Operation Sandstone 1948 USS HELENA (CA-75) and Operation Wigwam 1955 USS FT MARION (LSD-22)
Not a day goes by that I don't think of my loving father and his unselfish sacrifices along with millions of others for this wonderful country. He suffered from asthma beginning in his 50's, congestive heart failure and emphysema and left us at the young age of 59 after 11 days in a coma. All he ever told us was that he had witnessed an Atomic explosion and that the blast slammed him up against the ship's bulkhead and shattered the thick porthole glass throughout the ship. I pledge each and every day to honor my father who gave his all to his family and country. He served from 3/12/36 to 9/24/56 and participated in the China Service, WWII and Korea which was more than he should of had to endure but on top of this he was unknowingly used by our government as an experimental resource knowing that his dwindling health would be masked by his smoking and drinking. He blindly loved his country as much as his family and would never betray either. To think even for a moment that OUR government betrayed him and over 200,000 others during these atomic tests stirs an anger that will just not go away so I am determined to turn the anger into action. I vow to fight to my last breath to legally make the government take full responsibility for this terrible tradgedy unleashed on our beloved heros who saved the world. Please write me at the email address below if you would like to discuss and pursue legal action against our government to get the Atomic Vets and their families the full recognition, treatment and compensation they are long overdue. Atomic Vets and Children of Atomic Vets Let's Unite. We need your participation and support!!! Sincere and determined, Bill Mozingo, United States Navy Retired
Honored by: William Lee Mozingo, Oldest Son
Apr 28, 2002
ELIAS SAM LIALIOS
US ARMY AIRBORNE
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE RECOGNITION FOR THESE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES UNKNOWINGLY TO SATISFY SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTATION WITHOUT FORETHOUGHT OF WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD BE FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY NEED RECOGNITION FOR WHAT THEY SACRIFICED.
Honored by: LOVING WIFE AND CHILDREN, JEAN C. SPACONE, DIANE SOFASTAII, AND LAURA JOHNSON
Jun 13, 2002
Marcus Velasquez Duarte
You performed your duties in the clean-up, securing and patrol of Nagasaki now it's time for the government to compensate your widow and children for your sacrifice.
Honored by: Son James Duarte
Jun 22, 2002
Daniel Kenneth McCambridge
Nevada Test Site-1952-Summer to fall-4 "Tests".
My Father paticipated in four tests in five months in Nevada and then was transferred to the front lines of Korea for seventeen months despite having a deferment. I was born in 1961 with a tumor on my face, my Father never got over the guilty feeling that he was responible. I've always knew He wasn't. He is greatly missed.
Honored by: Micheal Kenneth McCambridge
Jul 25, 2002
Thomas Milton Lee
US Army (Military Police, then Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Specialist
My father spoke little of his experiences in the Army. My mother and I knew that his job involved nuclear weapons and that he was not permitted to discuss work.He was a Military Policeman in the late 1940s and early 1950s at Killeen Base, Texas, and at Sandia Base, New Mexico. He was discharged in 1952.After a short period as a civilian, he reentered the Army in 1955 as a Military Policeman, but before long, he went to school at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and his duty MOS was changed to Nuclear Weapons Maintenance. He completed tours of duty at Sandia Base, New Mexico, serving with the 162d Ordnance Company there and in Germany after the unit transferred there. He was stationed again at Killeen Base, Texas, as a Plant Foreman doing weapons assembly. He then was with the 137th Ordnance Company in Okinawa.Next, back to Sandia Base, New Mexico. Then, to Cakmakli, Turkey, as a member of the 70th Ordnance Company, part of a TUSLOG detachment, I think.His final tour of duty was at Seneca Army Depot, New York. He retired in June 1971.I do not know which of the atomic tests in which he participated. I recall his mentioning seeing radiation burns on goats or sheep. I also remember his recounting bringing burned bodies down from a plane crash in the Manzano mountains in the 1950s, and that they had to go up there in their socks?? (No shoes due to potential for explosions, I guess.) He said that he could not eat meat for a year after helping to bring down those charred bodies from the mountain.I recall my mother saying that "Daddy has to get his blood drawn once a month to see if he has to stay out of work for a little while." Testing for radioactivity? My daddy died in 1993 after a 4 year battle with lymphoma. He also had melanoma, but it was the lymphoma and liver failure that caused his death.I have received the paperwork to send back to Bechtel so that I can get records of his radiation exposure.I know that my daddy loved this country, loved the US Army, and loved his job.
Honored by: Michele Lee Grant, daughter
Jul 29, 2002