On the 14th
of May, 1955, at approximately 1300 hours and 500 miles off the coast of San
Diego, a 30 kiloton nuclear device, suspended by a cable attached to an unmanned
barge was detonated. Within 10 seconds, gaseous products reached
the surface forming spikes and plumes that would eventually reach heights of
1900 feet. The blast would be recorded in San Francisco, Alaska and
Japan. There were 30 U.S. Navy ships (including the USS Wright) and
over 6,600 Navy and Marine Corp personnel involved in this excercise.
Were you one of those personnel aboard the Wright, either as Ships
Company, TAD or TDY? Maybe you were part of the four Marine
helicopter groups from North Island that worked endlessly getting all kinds of
samples to be analyzed? If so, we sure wish you would go back to
our home page and push the button to acquire the application to become a
bonafide member of the USS Wright Association and come on board and help us get
something done for those of us who have been victems of cancer. I
can't truthfully tell you how many of our shipmates have died as a result of
cancer, but I can say that twenty that I know of in the past few years have died
of cancer and we believe from participation in Operation Wigwam.
did not serve at this time but you know a Wright sailor who did and has died of
some type of cancer, please pass their name to me. Please let us know their
name, rank/rate and their home state.
U.S.S. WRIGHT Association
2518 Smoldering Wood Dr.
Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.
The U.S.S. Wright Association disclaims liability for any errors or
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