This Hurts Me

To be clear, I have never been to or stationed at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  And I do know anyone who has ever been stationed there.  But it more then saddens me to learn that senior Marine Corps officers knowingly lie to their troops.

The Commanding General had to know there were serious issues when this came across his desk.

The Department of the Navy recommended 50 years ago the regulation of many of the worst chemicals that found their way into Lejeune’s water supply, according to 1963’s Manual of Naval Preventive Medicine, which was just recently made public.

A leader, whether we are considering a flag officer, such as an Admiral or a General, or an enlisted man such as I was, Senior Chief Petty Officer, has as the ultimate responsibility, the safe guarding of the troops assigned to her or him.  That is paramount.

From 1963 until 1984, a period of 21 years, the poisons kept flowing into the subsurface water and

More than 1,000 babies were stillborn or died in infancy aboard the base from 1947 to 1987, according to an exhaustive survey of death certificates filed at the Onslow County Register of Deeds.

And the cover-up continued by Generals and by civilian employees of the USMC.

It took North Carolina state officials to finally get interested before anything was done.

By 1980, military and civilian scientists were sounding alarms that Lejeune’s water was poisonous, but wells were not closed for another four years and only after state officials became involved, according to transcripts of Congressional hearings on the matter.

It escapes me that “depot storage tanks at Hadnot Point aboard base had leaked around 1,500 gallons of fuel into the ground every month for years” and not one senior officer questioned where the fuel has disappeared to.

The tittle says it all.  I was in the Navy during the 1960s and 70s and to know that happened to my comrades in arms, really hurts.

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