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Created by John Eipper on 03/19/14 6:29 AM

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Witnessing an Atomic Test, 1952: James G. Duggan (David Duggan, USA, 03/19/14 6:29 am)

My father James G. Duggan, who passed away in 2008, left a memoir of witnessing an above-ground atomic test in 1952, when he was at the end of his service in the US Marine Corps.  I asked John Eipper if it would be of interest to WAISers.

JE comments:  Absolutely; you can access the 14-page PDF file by clicking here .  This link may not work with some e-mail accounts.  If you have difficulty, please visit David Duggan's 19 March post at waisworld.org.

James G. Duggan describes the perversely named "Operation Greenhouse" in the Nevada desert, an attempt to replicate the use of an atomic weapon on the battlefield.  It was the "duck and cover" mentality writ large.  The Marines were even instructed to march up to Ground Zero shortly after the blast--although they were mercifully halted about a half mile away, due to radiation levels.

Fortunately, David's dad survived this ghastly experience, and enjoyed good health for another 56 years.

My thanks to David for sharing this important historical document.

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