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Mon Apr 28, 2014, 07:29 PM

Some excellent reporting on what has happened to the U.S. Sailors who responded to Fukushima

Is America Abandoning its Bravest Heroes Yet Again?
By Karen Charman on Apr 21, 2014
- See more at: http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/04/21/america-abandoning-bravest-heroes-yet/#sthash.muAkuQsQ.dpuf

This is in depth reporting covering how the military failed to prevent and is failing to acknowledge extremely serious health issues of sailors who were stationed on the Ronald Reagan, a U.S. Aircraft Carrier sailing off the coast of Japan. Here is part of one of the many stories this piece covers in depth, along with reporting on the larger historic context of U.S. government responses to radiation exposure:

"From Fitness Instructor to Near Invalid

When the earthquake hit, Mike Sebourn was the senior chief mechanic in the helicopter squadron at the Navy’s Atsugi air base in Japan. At the time, he was also a fitness instructor, strong and healthy. But a few weeks after the disaster, he began having nosebleeds and migraines. They went away, but four months later, he discovered he could lift only 60 percent of what he could lift previously.

Sebourn had been in charge of decontaminating helicopters that were coming back after flying relief missions through radioactive plumes. The Navy didn’t prepare him for the job, he told WhoWhatWhy. What normally would have been a two-year course in radiation remediation was distilled down to two days. The course contained no discussion on the health risks involved; however, they were assured that their exposures would be monitored and noted in their military files...

...After the relief missions ended, Sebourn said, he didn’t use much protective gear at all because radiation readings they got off the skin of the aircraft weren’t high enough to warrant it. However, he now believes he continued to be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, mainly from hot components inside the aircraft. Sebourn, 39, now suffers from extreme loss of muscle mass and deterioration in the strength of his muscles on the right side of his body..."

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Reply Some excellent reporting on what has happened to the U.S. Sailors who responded to Fukushima (Original post)
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2014 OP
Mnemosyne Apr 2014 #1
DeSwiss Apr 2014 #2
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2014 #4
Duppers Apr 2014 #6
DeSwiss Apr 2014 #8
emsimon33 Apr 2014 #3
Ex Lurker Apr 2014 #5
malaise Apr 2014 #7

Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Mon Apr 28, 2014, 07:45 PM

1. k&r nt

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 03:09 AM

4. Thanks. A friend of mine wrote this

She's done some excellent coverage on nuclear issues but you won't find it in major media . It takes boards like this to circulate reporting like this even when it does get published somewhere.

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 07:01 PM

6. ^^^^

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Wow to the OP & your links. Very informative.

Thx.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Mon Apr 28, 2014, 10:26 PM

3. Why the military so often ignores its responsibility

amazes me.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 04:28 AM

5. I found the guy's public FB profile

He lives in San Diego, a Navy town, he's around the right age, and has a lot of Japanese friends, so I'm pretty sure it's the same guy. Included are pictures of him doing Yoga and practicing martial arts. He looks pretty healthy to me.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 07:11 PM

7. Frightening

K & R

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