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 would serve 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.
In Dr. Rosen’s paper, his later lessons learned cover how U.S. military leaders ignored the advice of many experts from the scientific community and – worse yet – how there was evidence of an ongoing cover-up by the Department of Defense that started with the Bikini tests in July 1946. -Bill McGee