OPERATION WIGWAM


Operation Wigwam:
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.

If you 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.

Thank you,

Ray Sheridan, President
U.S.S. WRIGHT Association
2518 Smoldering Wood Dr.
Arlington,Texas 76016

Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.
The U.S.S. Wright Association disclaims liability for any errors or omissions


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