Atomic_Veterans

NAMES OF MEN IN COMPANY "A" PRESENT IN ATOMIC TESTS IN 1951
188TH AIRBORNE INFANTRY REGIMENT

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11th Airborne Division, nicknamed: "The Angels"


SOLDIERS OF COMPANY "A" WATCHING ATOMIC BLAST ~ 11-1-1951 ~

Names of soldiers in photo above: DeBusk, (far left wearing dark glasses), Schmidt, Wilson, Zerfas (binoculars), Roth (kneeling), Moore, Schlueter. This photo and an accompanying story about the atomic bomb testing in the Fall of 1951 was published in the November 12th, 1951 Life Magazine. Soldiers had to be seated on the desert floor or the blast from the atomic detonation would have knocked them down.

Listed below are the names of soldiers of Company "A" First Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. These soldiers were sent to the Nevada Test Site to participate in nuclear tests on October 12, 1951. These tests were code named "Buster Jangle". There were 7 atomic detonations in this series of tests, some larger than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Some of the detonations broke window panes in Las Vegas 75 miles away. All the names below also guarded the atomic bomb storage facility at Fort Campbell, Kentucky known by soldiers and locals as "The Bird Cage". If you have information or know where these men are now, we would appreciate it if you would contact this Web Site and share your information with us.
I have uploaded a photo of the 1951, 11th Airborne 188th A.I.R. Year Book Cover, Click Here if you want to take a look.

Analysis of Radiation Exposure on test participants in the "Buster Jangle" atomic series of tests in 1951.  This document contains 194 pages and has history of the test detonations conducted on Yucca Flat in 1951. There is a complete list of the military units and their home stations who were present at the nuclear events at that time.

John DeBusk at: yucca51@yahoo.com

ROSTER OF NAMES
This list of names was taken from the "Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results" -- Headquarters III Corps, Camp Desert Rock, Nevada -- October, 1951. Participant Soldier's Rank, Serial Number, or Amount of Radiation Received during the Atomic Bomb Tests will not be posted on this page as a matter of privacy.

  1. Hamilton, Milton H -- Dec.
  2. Sherard, Robert S -- Dec.
  3. Cavano, Arthur T
  4. Flynn, William L
  5. Allen, Henry G
  6. Ayers, Charles J
  7. Babcock, Benjamin Jr
  8. Berrigar, Fredrick
  9. Bailey, Charles C -- Dec.
  10. Bodell, George S
  11. Borg, Emill L Jr -- Dec.
  12. Bove, John W
  13. Bradley, Richard W
  14. Brinkman, Robert E
  15. Bunyan, Everett
  16. Berutti, Louis F
  17. Chabot, Bernard L
  18. Charno, George F -- Dec.
  19. Cloud, Charles H
  20. Clish, John B
  21. Crow, George R
  22. Coulter, Danial H
  23. Coker, Cleo G
  24. Combs, Raymond K
  25. Cook, Chris C
  26. Cusson, Theodore J
  27. Davis, Roger L
  28. DeBusk, John J --Web Site Editor
  29. Dealey, Robert E -- Dec.
  30. DioGuardi, Joseph F
  31. Drummond, Jack F -- Dec.
  32. Doering, Alvin R -- Dec.
  33. Doty, Donald
  34. Doyle, William R
  35. Duran, Candido R -- Dec.
  36. Duran, Robert
  37. Dumas, Oliver D -- Dec.
  38. Eastman, Walter J -- Dec.
  39. Fagot, Melvin M
  40. Farfan, Jose A
  41. Fernandez, Lucio M
  42. Flaherty, Frances L
  43. Frahm, Delmar S -- Dec.
  44. Fugate, Raymond L -- Dec.
  45. Gallagher, John K
  46. Gard, Warren W
  47. Garcia, Herbert
  48. Grigg, Robert S -- Dec.
  49. Griffin, William J -- Dec.
  50. Gruidl, James F
  51. Guitierrez, Felix V -- Dec.
  52. Grandstaff, Eldon E -- Dec.
  53. Harrison, Edward
  54. Hartwick, Richard R -- Dec.
  55. Hill, Jerome E
  56. Howard, Lester
  57. Humphries, Richard F -- Dec.
  58. Horton, Donald
  59. Ingram, Thomas E
  60. Ironshell, Calvin R -- Dec.
  61. Iserman, Ronald B
  62. Jacobson, Jeul L -- Dec.
  63. Jessop, Howard C -- Dec.
  64. Johnson, Frank
  65. Johnson, Edward A
  66. Kasell, Frank -- Dec.
  67. Kalianov, Michael
  68. Kepner, Alva W
  69. Koch, Ignatius -- Dec.
  70. Koehnen Mark D
  71. Latta, Niles G

  1. Leistikow, Elroy -- Dec.
  2. Lendo, Ledisleus E
  3. Lockett, John J -- Dec.
  4. Link, Samuel F
  5. Lord, Robert
  6. Lunceford, Edwin Y -- Dec.
  7. Martin, Roby
  8. Marty, Robert L
  9. Martain, Floyd
  10. Maginn William F
  11. Marshall, Alvin L -- Dec.
  12. Melander, Kenneth -- Dec.
  13. Milroy, Carl W -- Dec.
  14. Moore, Eugene D (alive ???)
  15. Mcbride, Donald
  16. Milligan, Marvin
  17. O'Brien, Kennith
  18. Owens, James E.
  19. Patchen, Jack V -- Dec.
  20. Parham, James E
  21. Pires, Julius B Jr -- Dec.
  22. Parrott, Edwin A
  23. Preston, Theodore
  24. Rendell, William L
  25. Riggins, Roland H
  26. Rice, Sidney R -- Dec.
  27. Rue, Victor W -- Dec.
  28. Ruse, Richard D
  29. Rutherford, James M
  30. Rutkowski Joseph F
  31. Roth, Thomas J -- Dec.
  32. Sanchez, Miguel -- Dec.
  33. Sanchez, Eloy M -- Dec.
  34. Sarver, Russell W
  35. Schnirder, Ronald C
  36. Saung, Robinson
  37. Slack, George K -- Dec.
  38. Sosebee, William W
  39. Stanley, Charles W
  40. Schlueter, Patrick V -- Dec.
  41. Schmidt, Henry T -- Dec.
  42. Sensabaugh, Thomas
  43. Simmons, Thomas
  44. Smallwood, Kenneth
  45. Scott, Stanley E
  46. Swanke, Martin J
  47. Schuttenberg, Albert
  48. Soderlund, Arthur W
  49. Starnick, George B
  50. Stringham, Walter B -- Dec.
  51. Sullivan, John T
  52. Scarberry, David H
  53. Simms, James R
  54. Sprague, Herman -- Dec.
  55. Tavares, Thomas -- Dec.
  56. Timmer, Gerald
  57. Todd, Billy A -- Dec.
  58. Venegas, Benjamin
  59. Vondenkamp, Gerald -- Dec.
  60. Wagner, Oscar
  61. Warburton, Dale R -- Dec.
  62. Wiest, Lawrence
  63. Williams, Carl
  64. Wilson, Harry J -- Dec.
  65. Woolery, Donald L -- Dec.
  66. Wright, Donald
  67. Wilkins, Melvon H
  68. Young, Ewell L -- Dec.
  69. Younts, Norman E -- Dec.
  70. Zerfas, Charles M -- Dec.



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