More U.S. military reveal radiation-related illnesses after Fukushima: Arm shrunk to half its size — Immune system attacking body — Leukemia, testicular cancer, thyroid problems, rectal bleeding, brain tumor

Published: July 17th, 2013 at 12:11 pm ET


Title: In growing lawsuit, servicemembers fault TEPCO for radiation-related illnesses
Source: Stars and Stripes
Author: Matthew M. Burke
Date: July 15, 2013

Five months after participating in humanitarian operations for the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that led to nuclear disaster in Japan, Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Hair’s body began to betray him.

He had sharp hip pains, constant scabbing in his nose, back pain, memory loss, severe anxiety and a constant high-pitch ringing in his ears as his immune system began to attack his body. The diagnosis, he said, was a genetic immune system disease, which on X-rays looked to have made his hip joint jagged and his spine arthritic. […]

Other servicemembers have been diagnosed with leukemia, testicular cancer and thyroid problems or experienced rectal and gynecological bleeding, the lawsuit says. Hair said one of his friends, a fellow USS Ronald Reagan shipmate, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Hair said there is no history of the genetic disease in his family and that doctors have told him radiation exposure could have triggered it. […]

Senior Chief Mike Sebourn […] said he suffered nose bleeds, headaches and nausea in the immediate aftermath — symptoms consistent with radiation poisoning. Months later, he felt weak in his right arm; excruciating pain followed. He said the command fitness leader in charge of physical training at Atsugi watched as his arm atrophied to about half its size. […]

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Published: July 17th, 2013 at 12:11 pm ET


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30 comments to More U.S. military reveal radiation-related illnesses after Fukushima: Arm shrunk to half its size — Immune system attacking body — Leukemia, testicular cancer, thyroid problems, rectal bleeding, brain tumor

  • We Not They Finally

    "Defense Department abandons medical registry, leaving them on their own"? What a horror show. As bad as the Japanese. That's what "supporting the troops" has degenerated to? The "Wounded Warriors" should take them on. They are an established group that can at least get them some public attention. I'm an American but none of this is being done in MY name.

    • Trawling4Trolls

      "That's .. "supporting the troops"? Ahhh, yes, in its naked glory.

      Next they'll be telling us railroaders in Quebec should be patriotic in surrendering their jobs to remote control locomotive and should be proud to accept military-level wages.

      Do you think these sailors were told to 'Get Over Yourselves' while near Fuku, and reminded to 'Get With the Program' afterwards?

      Quite likely.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm an American..and fight daily from having this happen to others and OUR OWN.

  • They/we are in many ways, part of 'a system', that's part of 'the system', that perpetuates these DNA Destroying Death Machines.

    The system's status quo is to mislead, deny, cover up and claim it's like an X-ray. Never deviating from a playbook that's worked for 60 years.

    One might think 'the system' would come to it's senses, but 'the system' has no conscience.

  • hatrick penry

    Here's my report from the NRC FOIA documents concerning radiation and navy ships…there's plenty of evidence the Navy knew exactly what was going on but sacrificed our sailors to save nuclear power.

  • And then there are the tens?, maybe hundreds of thousands exposed to depleted uranium in the Gulf…

    Beyond Treason: The True Story of Depleted Uranium; via @AGreenRoad

    Depleted Uranium – Physicians For Social Responsibility; via @AGreenRoad

  • nedlifromvermont

    The Army and the Navy will never own up to the truth, for General Electric told them not to! And this "General" did not even attend West Point or Anapolis; he's not commissioned, and "he" isn't even a person, although the US jurisprudence tradition is to treat "him" as such.

    This fictitious "General" orders his minions about, at IAEA and DOE and NRC and has become as noxious a political doctrine as National Socialism ever was in Hitler's Germany; this "poison power" business is so deeply ingrained into our political fabric.

    Nuclear power has done far more damage than the ovens of the final solution. It is a false God and our greedy and selfish devotion to the convenient lies that sold it to us ("cheap", "safe", "modern progress" etc.) will exact a horrendous price from our ranks (it has already) …

    So I say, loudly and with passion: "Down with nuclear power and the false-tongued salesmen of this odious and horrible, industrial tradition. Nuclear fission power was NEVER, EVER NECESSARY … Those who profess otherwise should be rounded up and dealt with, severely.

    peace …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yummy…bring me more Nuclear Electricity and its Radiation Contamination…bring me more of everything!

    Bring me more sickness and death and bring it right away for all my friends too!

    My friends are currently distracted but they want to party and yes they will party even inside hospitals and doctors offices.. so bring me more radiation contamination..bring it now!

    Right Now!

  • Government elites have always exploited their servicemen and shown disregard for their health and safety.

    Who can forget those pictures of servicemen forced to watch the early nuclear bomb tests in the USA from unsafe distance? Involuntary guinea pigs. Just as years later service men and women would be inoculated with experimental vaccines that ruined their health (Gulf Syndrome)?


    It took a whistleblower to expose how the army was forcing their men in Iraq to ride in rickety vehicles and losing their limbs or their lives to IEDs – even though the army could have provided them with safer vehicles. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries could have been prevented.

    Read more:

    And here:


    There is not enough space to list all the many ways in which the government and the armed forces top brass have failed those who serve their country. What kind of message are they sending when they deny or delay proper medical care for them, or when Homeland Security characterizes them as potential terrorists?

    February 2013 – Active duty service men and veterans committing suicide at a rate of 22 a day.

    • amberlight amberlight

      Tracy: "… What kind of message are they sending when they deny or delay proper medical care for them, or when Homeland Security characterizes them as potential terrorists?"

      The message was sent by war criminal & global elitist Henry Kissinger: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

    • Trawling4Trolls


      they literally view them as cannon fodder.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I think that given enough time..and in consideration of the hundreds..perhaps thousands of servicemen and women in Japan begin to realize what has happened to them.. when they realize their exposure…the way things have always gone..the status quo..will not be applicable.

    The word has gotten out..denial..that river in Egypt.

    How many times do they need reminding..Fukushima is the 'game-changer'?

    For us and for them.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation traveled very far, it's only a matter of time now for many people.

  • Passive McMutagens Passive McMutagens

    This is/was a murder. It was clear that the earthquake alone had put everyone in a radius of danger. TPTB knew the meltdowns were ongoing and condemned these people to radionuclede poisoning. Prayers to the families of the victims of this atrocity.

    This stuff is starting to hot again… Dilution doesn't really factor in anymore. We've all gotten a bit of every damn isotope in our bodies by now by now id bet. Fly anywhere recently?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    This will only start to end, when the Uber-elite become affected, which hopefully should be any day now.

    Maybe the radiation will cause them to spontaneously grow a conscience, that should be somewhat horrific for them.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Rectal bleeding sounds like an interesting side effect…after after radiation contamination exposure.

    Bowel cancer anyone…as I now hear "adult diapers" are the new rage in Japan.

    I guess we all know what stock to buy now!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Tipping Point happened in 2011?

    What happened in 2011?

    Just…the largest industrial accident ever recorded on the face of the Earth!

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Service members continue to be gravely ill from this disaster, even in Korea from fish and imported Japanese contaminated food which Pres. Obamanation refuses to ban.

    My good friends son, at a US Air Force base in Korea, and several other enlisted personnel there may die from this disaster. He was never ill in his life, yet after eating fish, rice, and some special occasion beef at the mess hall, he has lost 40 lbs. and overheard the South Korean doctor they sent him to say he may die.

    Until we stand up and use Pre-Chernobyl radiation contamination standards, we risk killing our citizens. We need to test our food, all of it, and not sweep deadly contamination under-the-rug. Yet most tests are bogus, check out the story on this issue on the health page at:

  • Sickputer

    The Navy spokesman says they protected their own:

    “The U.S. Navy took proactive measures throughout and following the disaster relief efforts to control, reduce and mitigate the levels of Fukushima-related contamination on U.S. Navy ships and aircraft,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote in a statement to Stars and Stripes.

    SP: Visual evidence during the radioactive-contaminated USS Ronald Reagan 10-day cleanup proves otherwise:!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_804/image.jpg

    SP: Where are the respirators? Lt. Falvo…I am calling you out a DAMNED shameless liar!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    War and defense are now just big business and the assets are all expendable.. including personnel.

    They are destroying millions in assets right now from the recent wars…why?

    They do not pay for any of it!

    You do…if you or your children are a tax payers.

    There are no winners in any war…there is only profit to be made by those that finance it.

    All war assets are now expendable.. because they will just print more funny money when/any time they need it and create new ones.

    Yes the truth is very sad…what a racket!

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    A person I know of had their kid on the Navy Ship that responded to the Japanese disaster. When this story first started to come out I had someone I know ask the parent about the situation. Apparently, some of the family members were waiting in Hawaii for the ship to come in. When it did the families boarded and were given a ride home to California. What I found interesting was that the parent said that on a nuclear powered ship the captain was not wearing a dosimeter. It just goes to show you the arrogance/false confidence that people who work with nuclear power feel they will never have an accident. Also the parent said that “I don’t think the Navy would let the families board the ship if they could be exposed to radiation.” Even without the Japanese fallout, they are boarding a nuclear ship and that enough puts them at risk of exposure. So yes of course the Navy would put people at risk just by letting them board the ship. Unbelievable, what has happened to the ability to think critically? Why are people in such denial about the risks of nuclear energy?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      It isn't about thinking critically or being in denial. It's about the ability to dictate to billions of people how they are going to pay – and how much they are going to pay – for the energy they will get a small sliver of.

      At the peak of the nuclear pyramid are the most dangerous psychopaths alive today.

  • Kassandra

    At the Lessons of Fukushima symposium held by Helen Caldicott in March 2013, two former navy enlisted people (young man and woman) described their experiences with, and suffering from, Fukushima radiation

    My grandmother would call it DISGRACEFUL

    Described briefly here

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Invisible, Odorless and Tasteless and it usually takes many years into the future to kill you…

    But it will kill you if it can.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I feel sorry for all these servicemen/women and after this most recent radiation contamination exposure many probably should not have natural birthed children.. but instead they should adopt healthy children.

    • myau

      Happy holiday to all, the chain of command all the way up to Oba knew exactly how deadly the initial plume was and letting them roaming around the area for 2 1/2 months breathing and drinking radiation,just to save Japan and Abe's face was beyond sinful, I know you all going to say that us/gov is partly responsible for the whole mess ie GE &the plu shipment etc. but when it comes to life and death situation with your own countryman/woman, the commander in chief has to made the right moral choice putting aside your own guilt, knowing damn well the jap/gov needs us more than we need them, for all I can foretell Abe might eventually need to evacuate 100 million japanese to the USA (plenty of vacant land here).It may not be a bad thing if they should come packing with all their assets, then the US may benefit economically!IMHO. Thanks.

  • williama

    Once the home is set, get the terrible out of there. Don't hang around like a nosy vulture.