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An Uncounted U.S. Nuclear Testing Hawaiian Casualty

Friday, January 19th, 2018

An Uncounted U.S. Nuclear Testing Hawaiian Casualty

     Between 1946 and 1963, while the United States tested nuclear bombs in the Pacific, hundreds of civilian construction workers were lured to such places as Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific and Johnston atoll located 850 miles southwest of Honolulu with the promise of high wages in a safe working environment.  Among those, in the 1960s, was my brother-in-law.  In his thirties, married, father of young children, he went down with a group from Hawai’i.  His goal was to earn enough to build a nice house where his children would “never have to be ashamed to bring their friends home.”

     There was little recreation available, and some workers blew their big money on drinking and gambling, nut he and his companions resolutely saved their pay for their families back home.  Instead, they enjoyed the simple pleasures of fishing.  They were allowed to fish, but they had been told not to eat what they caught.  That made no sense to the Hawaiians.  They spent their leisure time fishing, cooking on the beach, and eating together.

     After his first year, my brother-in-law came home proudly, with enough money saved to build the outside shell of his house.  Friends and family helped raise the structure, and he moved in with his wife and children.  He was happy, even when we teased him about the strange blisters on his face.  They had been diagnosed by the doctor down there as “sunburn.”  Not to worry.  “What kind Hawaiian you?” we teased.  “How come you get sunburn?”

     He signed up for another year, then returned home again with enough money to complete the interior of his house.  He looked tired, and he had lost a lot of weight.  One sister-in-law and I looked at each other with concern.  “He doesn’t look good.  And remember that rash he had last time!  You think he get radiation sickness?”  We refrained from worrying the rest of the family with our suspicions, but quietly urged him not to go back.  He brushed us off.  “One more time.  Gotta get furniture for my kids.”

     After his third year he came home skin and bones.  Barely abler to walk.  Now it was obvious to the rest of the family what we had suspected.  Shocked by his appearance, frightened, then angry about the doctor’s “sunburn” diagnosis, they took him to a “good” doctor, who confirmed our fears.  Radiation sickness,  Leukemia.

     He died a few months later in the nice house with the nice furniture, his family around him, having given them his best.

     Two of us tried to persuade his widow to file a complaint.  To demand compensation.  Anything!  But she would not. Bitterly, she said, “for what?  That’s not gonna bring him back?”  Generations of subjugation had taught her that “making waves” only brought trouble back on one’s self.  To challenge the United States nuclear program was beyond her capability, and she implored us not to make waves.

    Later, we learned that one of my brother-in-law’s fellow workers on Eniwetok had also died of leukemia.  We never heard of any others, but we wondered….

     Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been sickened or killed over the years as a result of America’s nuclear testing.  How many cases remain uncounted because they were never documented as such? 

     How many more will occur?

                                                                                                                                        –MS, 2018

Nukes and Trump

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Trump regime on the verge of okaying two new warheads that could make nuclear war more likely   —Daily Kos 1/17/18

"Davy Crockett," a mini-nuke
This M28 “mini-nuke”—named the Davy Crockett—was first tested in 1962. It produced a yield of just 15 to 20 tons of TNT, 1000 times less powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, but also a big dose of lethal radiation.

(“Davy Crockett Depleted Uranium (DU) spotting rounds have been confirmed used at The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii Island and at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, as well as in more than a dozen other states.” Jim Albertini)  

More Missiles will NOT save us

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

By Dr. Seiji Yamada

Missile Scare Motivates Activists Who Fear Military’s Presence

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Missile Scare Motivates Activists Who Fear Military’s Presence

The Big Nuclear Missile Question

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Demilitarize Hawai’i & the World

The January 13, 2018 false message traumatized many in Hawai’i

     The big question about the False North Korean missile attack on Hawai’i is: will it fuel more pro war nonsense, including missile defense, ‘attack Korea before Korea attacks us’ mentality, people digging wishful fallout shelters, etc. OR WILL IT FUEL A GROWING MOVEMENT AGAINST WAR, FOR NUCLEAR ABOLITION, AND A DEMILITARIZED FREE HAWAI’I AND WORLD ? How we now respond to the question is what’s important. I’m for No Nukes, No War and a Demilitarized Free Hawai’i and world!. I believe the only shelter is peace. How about you?

      Hawai’i has more than 100 U.S. military sites, including major force installations for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, including the Pacific Command (PACOM) that covers more than half the earth. Instead of protecting Hawai’i, these military sites make Hawai’i a prime target for attack. Common sense says “Remove the targets!”

See the effects of a 20 megaton nuclear blast over Pearl Harbor. Described by Hawai’i chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility 1982 film Puhipau  (All burnt, blown away)

Sign the petition to cancel Hawaii’s monthly nuclear attack scare tests.

January 17, 2018 marked 125 Years of U.S. Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

U.S. OUT!  Free Hawai’i Now!

. 1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:

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