The following is a personal story submitted to Civilian Exposure and published as part of our new series: “Contamination Chronicles: Personal Stories of Exposure”. If you would like to submit your story, you may fill out our form here or send directly via email to share-@-civilianexposure.org.
I found out about this base myself in the last few years. I was researching online to see if I could find pictures of it. The base is Camp Garcia, Vieques, Puerto Rico. While I was researching, I found out about all the terrible things that had been dropped in bombings and things they tested during war games.
The area I was in when on the island was close to the bombing range where the jets practiced bombing. I remember telling another Marine one day, “I sure hope they don’t misjudge and drop one of those on top of us!” It shocked me when I found out some of the things they used down there. The Puerto Rican people hated us when I was down there and now I know why. A lot of them are coming down with cancers and other things. You can look up Project Shad and Project 112 and find out about them.
I was as disgusted about what went on down there by the government as I am by what happened at Camp Lejeune. I was trained in procedures to decontaminate troops during nuclear and biological warfare when I was down there.
Thank you for listening to my story. I hope all people affected can get what they deserve. Thank you again for what you do at Civilian Exposure. Semper Fi