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According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, by 1996, 22,000 of the 42,000 participants of Operation Crossroads had died. Many of them died from causes that can only be attributed to radiation poisoning, while many of the survivors are suffering today from a variety of radiogenic diseases.
In 1996, the late Dr. Oscar Rosen, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the dangers of radiation inherent in nuclear weapons, and whom I had the privilege of knowing, presented an excellent paper on the dangers of radiation inherent in nuclear weapons research. Dr. Rosen was also a Crossroads participant and witnessed Test Able from the floating drydock ARD-29, about 15 nautical miles from the explosion. Decades later, he served as the National Commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV) and was the editor/publisher of Atomic Veterans Radiation News, a leading source of information in the world on the consequences of nuclear weapon testing.
(Excerpted from Operation Crossroads, Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee.)