The Atomic Duty
of United States Veterans
1946 to 1980
June 2017 ~~ Revamping the Atomic Veterans History Project (AVHP). Both the web site and the archives are receiving a going over with sorting and additions. The AVHP is the brainchild of Keith R. Whittle. When he was a child, riding with his family from California to Oklahoma returning from a vacation, he saw outside his car window the bright flash of an atomic detonation. He was 9 years old. It lit up the desert from early dawn to brighter than noon. It was something he would never forget. Later when trying to search for the details, since he knew the year he was there, he was able to figure out which test so he could discover which bomb was detonated. Refining the date was easy: it was July 4, 1957. Remembering how he fussed about missing the cousin's fireworks set in his mind the date that they left. His uncle and his mom wanted to get back to home. The drip began so that they would be driving through the desert during the night. In the days of no air conditioning this was a common occurence. After the bright light, Uncle tuned into a local radio station just in time to hear that the Nevada Test Site had again set off one of their experimental devices.
April 1996 ~~ Whittle's story was the first personal atomic history web site posted on the internet. His story is told on: Anno Atomi 11, Growing Up With The Atom. After Whittle posted his story, he became interested in the idea of posting a veteran's story in a web site. A few years before, we had attended a lecture at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsiblity where a veteran, Bill Bires, gave his story to the attendees. We had saved his name on my notes from that night. Whittle contacted Bires and soon we were building another atomic history web site. It became known as The Atomic Duty of Pvt. Bill Bires.
Atomic Veterans, Atomic Test Series and Dates
Check back later as we add more stories from our archives and work to revamp this site to give you full measure of what we have in our history archives. Watch for our links to light up as we choose a new veteran each time to fill out our Atomic Tests table. Thanks for visiting.
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