Navy Sailor: Crew members lost control of their bowels after Fukushima radiation exposure, as skin rashes developed; “It was a real big problem” — Congress signs bill making military conduct health survey (VIDEO)

Published: January 19th, 2014 at 9:48 am ET


Military Times, Jan. 15, 2014: The Senate quickly passed the massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill Thursday evening 72-16 and sent it to the president for signature, which the White House has signaled it will approve in short order. […] The legislation orders a number of reports and changes, including: […] A request for a report from the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs on medical conditions and the prevention, treatment and care given to sailors who believe they were exposed to radiation while serving on the carrier USS Ronald Reagan following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NHK, Jan. 16, 2014: US to check sailors’ radiation risk […] The US Defense Department is to conduct a health survey of US sailors who took part in the relief efforts for the March 2011 quake and tsunami in Japan [and] report back to Congress by mid-April on the condition of the US naval servicemen who reported health problems after taking part in the relief operation.

New Zealand Herald, Jan. 18, 2014: [USS Ronald Reagan’s flight deck crew member Lindsay Cooper] describes sailors vomiting and losing bowel control as skin rashes appeared. “It was a real big problem. We thought gastroenteritis was going around the ship.” […] Cooper is dealing with ongoing thyroid issues, dramatic weight swings and abnormal menstrual cycles. Other shipmates also have problems she says. In Washington state, Thomas McCants, 21 [was a] gunner’s mate on the USS Germantown, McCants joined the vessel, previously part of Tomodachi, in July 2011. Fit when he joined McCants was discharged as unwell five months later. His discharge documents refer to an “adjustment disorder”, manifested as stomach pain, weight loss and fatigue. Last October he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid lymphoma. He needs a bone marrow transplant. […] Cooper says the Veterans’ Administration diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder from the disaster, and prescribed an antidepressant.

Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow & Japan expert: “Is it dangerous to our military? To our civilians? […] there’s a huge debate about radiation exposure, how quickly it was understood. So it’s not just the Ronald Reagan – was it in the right place at the wrong time? – but do we really understand today the extent to which people have been exposed?”

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Published: January 19th, 2014 at 9:48 am ET


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77 comments to Navy Sailor: Crew members lost control of their bowels after Fukushima radiation exposure, as skin rashes developed; “It was a real big problem” — Congress signs bill making military conduct health survey (VIDEO)

  • retali8 retali8

    It will be all covered over most likely as it probably comes from up the chain of command, the officers who knew and were actively taking iodine n such supplements to protect themselves, but did they issue them to the lower down? No! To avoid panic@-@

    • bo bo

      Does anybody know if any officers fall ill ? Just crew members ? That would be telling.

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        I have a very good contact who goes to Kennedy school of gov at Harvard he's a captain of the army and he engages in conversation with me on things .
        I will get his take next week
        I'm not saying classified info I'm saying what are they saying about it .

      • watchman

        A friend of the family who was a shipboard officer
        developed full-blown leukemia ten months following.

    • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

      The pro-nuke trolls keep telling us these symptoms are psychologically induced, as if the military couldn't handle the "fear of being exposed to radiation"!

      • GQR2

        The ignorance they feign about Nuclear Radiation is galling. The false comparison of who suffered more injury, the inland Japanese vs. the sailors is a Red Herring :
        "Lyman thinks Japanese survivors faced greater risks than sailors. The effects of radiation leaking from Fukushima – 300 tonnes of radioactive water reportedly pour into the sea each day – are in dispute, even as reports emerge about problems with thyroid glands in children.

        Asked if the impacts of radiation released from Fukushima would be felt by people so quickly, Lyman demurs. "There is a well established body of data on the health effects of radiation exposure. Most solid tumours will not develop for at least 10 years." As for thyroid cancer, he says it began to appear in children exposed to the Chernobyl meltdown after five years" NZ article.

        The ridiculous diagnosis's of some mental "disorder" with somatic manifestations is Mal-practice at the very least. How about before and after photos. Photos of the visable illness. Somatic disorders,hysterical disorders are very very rare through out psychiatric history. They happen but not much. Nowadays the shrinks seem to want to give it a renaissance

        A survey, well hopefully a private company will also take this opportunity do a huge survey of their own. A survey that is both qualitative and quantitative. On line.

        • Skip Intro Skip Intro

          That 5-years time period for thyroid problems is standard propaganda. It would be more accurate to mention that they were first tested 5 years after the exposure to Chernobyl radionuclides, and were discovered then. Had someone looked in the first year or 3, it is quite likely that problems like those in Japan would have turned up. Of course the USSR evacuated many from the area, so it may have been deadly to the population.

          • mairs mairs

            And as a first person account of the evacuations has said, the Soviets deliberately scattered the evacuees across Russia even when they wanted to live near their fellow evacuees. That way their illnesses and deaths would be statistically insignificant.

            • bo bo

              Yes mairs, and as Chris Busby speculates – this could be the reason why Japan has been incinerating radioactive waste all over the island, even as far south as Okinawa. By spreading the devil's dandruff uniformly all over the nation, cancer rates will also rise uniformly (no different near fukushima or far from it) so victims will never be able to prove it was fukushoma, and Tepco escapes culpability.

              • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

                Wow cheap play. Won't work if it's more serious near fuku. than they anticipate. They are playing a very dangerous game if this is their plan. They should be reminded they have more than Japanese living there.

              • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

                Also should mention, burning radioactive waste is an international crime. They should be hauled before the ICC.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    87.5% of all those exposed on that ship will come down with cancer and/or related Nuclear Contamination diseases in their respective lifetimes. 🙁

    These numbers will not include the long term damage to their born offspring…. 🙁

  • jec jec

    Soldiers will be pressured to not report problems. They were forced to sign " I am okay' documents –so evidently THOSE sailors will be considered already 'surveyed'. Sorry to be so pessimistic when I read about WWII veterans not getting care until they die..or Iraq vets. Thousands waiting on the backlog for care, the fox watching the hen house!

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    I wonder how they can cover up the "plume".
    Well there was Gulf War Syndrome.
    April really!
    I would like hear what one of our brave congressthings or senators would do if they or one of their loved ones had these conditions and had to wait months to know how to proceed.

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    This is what I said about redundancy .
    There is nothing new about this story
    But what makes this relevant is our community here
    We can bring forth new updates
    We can build stronger bonds with each other
    Top of the morning to you all
    I read that the boat is being taken apart and parts being stored at Hanford due to rad levels
    I hope I can find the link . Anyone?

    • sworldpeas

      I read that they are giving the public tours. lol

      • GQR2

        You jest !
        i bet they would if they could. no doubt.

        "The Reagan was later moored at Bremerton, near Seattle, for 14 months before sailing to San Diego, its home port. Garner contends the ship was decontaminated, with debris disposed of at Hanford, a US nuclear dump." NZ article.

        The Reagan is a Nimitz : "The massive US$4.5 billion ($5.4 billion) Nimitz-class nuclear-powered "super aircraft carrier", with a ship's company of 5500 men and women, was in the vanguard of a force of 24 US Navy ships, 189 aircraft and 24,000 service personnel deployed to help Japan in Operation Tomodachi."

    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      clamshellernh: are you referring to the USS RR? I wondered what are they going to do with a radioactive ship? A past report was it's future was up in the air. Last report was it's heading back to Japan. Problem solved. Stupid me should have thought of that.

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        I'll find it I have heard that they are sending it back too , the article said San Diego . Yikes it was on rense maybe .

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        Are you refereeing to the us rr.
        Yes that's the one
        Sorry thank you for the correction
        So important to have the right facts

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        I think it's a propaganda move also. The psychobabble will be, "see it's safe. Why would we send a radioactive ship back to get more radiation? That's crazy talk. The brainwashed will say, of course, that would be such a terrible thing to do that it must be safe. The Double Down is the new way of forcing people to believe that what they're seeing can't be true.

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          I suppose if they do, they would want to time it with the Olympics… they will probably load up all our athletes, you know… our best specimens and strongest DNA and give them a ride to Japan to compete.

        • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

          They won't scrap ANY of these ships because they will need them in the future for additional radiation related missions.

    • Veracity Veracity

      The Navy announced… on Tuesday. According to a news release, the Reagan will replace the USS George Washington to become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces in Yokosuka, Japan.

      Commander Naval Forces Japan spokesman Jon Nylander told Stars and Stripes:

      Most of the crew of the George Washington will transfer over to USS Reagan, “so there will be no mass movement of families overseas.”

  • jec jec

    Data for the US military registry is found at:

    Gov of Japan provided data. Not sure how much,but likely significant as they are prominently credited.

  • flatsville

    Unfortunately it does not indicate they are opening the registy.

    All I see is a requrst for a report…

    >>>A request for a report from the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs on medical conditions and the prevention, treatment and care given to sailors who believe they were exposed to radiation while serving on the carrier USS Ronald Reagan following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.<<<

    • GQR2

      Somebody , some group of wiley coyotes needs to start a registry. Just start on line. No time to waste. It can be quantitative and qualitative. It will be what it is, but a registry needs to happen and not one by the government. Maybe on the Naked Truth Forun. Maybe Russ and the members could discuss and launch ? Maybe another web site ? Maybe a new web site. Let people tell their stories report their symptoms and time frames.

      Most people are sick and don't have much to lose.

      • flatsville

        GQR2, The official registry serve many purposes-one of which is the possibility of future monetary and medical benefits claims based on disability. It is less about people telling their stories.
        For PR purposes a "unofficial registry" could be hosted by a vet organization to place pressure on US pols and military brass to re-open the official registry for Fuku contamination. It would be an effective anti-recruiting tool.

        • flatsville

          Notice which nuke/rad categories are open registries at this point in time.

          • GQR2

            Mornin' Flatsville,

            No registry for Fukushima Almost 3 yrs later. Sheesh, The V.A. should have gotten all the NDAA money, not the private contractors at cost plus, and the weapons manufacturers. Only a Facsist Society has values like this and such verbal hypocrisy.

            I can see why people would be reluctant to even get on their registry. All the meta data collected and the untrustworthy shrinks,the duplicity of those in charge.

            Not military here, however my heart goes out to all the well meaning people. Situation beyond FUBAR.

  • sworldpeas

    Sitting in the light
    I cant control my bladder
    It's leukemia

    They know the readings
    Officers took iodine
    I have a skin rash

    I call it Death Star
    You can call it the Reagan
    It gave me cancer

  • charlie3

    clamshellernh, since the ship was nuclear-powered, then at least the reactor parts of the ship would have to be stored at a place like Hanford.

  • SadieDog

    "Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said in comments to reporters Wednesday that the ship, which is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, went to sea as a precaution.

    "What I did with GW, working with Pacific Command, is I wanted to get it out of Yokosuka, because even slight trace amounts on a nuclear-powered warship years down the road — I didn't want to have to deal with that, even though they're not harmful," Roughead said. "When you think of an aircraft carrier that has literally thousands of miles of ventilation ducting in it, if you get it in there, you've got a significant cleaning issue, and so my view was, let's just get her out, get her away from where they could potentially pick up any sort of contamination, so that that ship stays clean."

  • So they will be diagnosed with ptsd and chronic fatigue, be put on the no gun list, and sent on their way.

    Any agency affiliated with the US government is in the business of covering this up, that's why the cancelled the registry in the first place.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Correct! 🙁

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Distracting attraction

    Japan – US ship – US NPPs

    What is common deep inside?

    Is it useful to fight derivated symptoms?
    The cure to an illness is removing the cause.

    Technology is a dead thing.
    Are we living beeings?

    If you fight fire with fire,
    only ashes will remain.


  • Jebus Jebus

    Radiation exposure knows no borders. Knows no nationality. It is not bound by man, once released into his environment. An equal opportunity killer…

    Japanese journalist suffers from severe diarrhea after visiting Fukushima plant

    Japanese Doctor: Children’s health problems increasing — Incurable stomatitis, chest pain, nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea

    • Jebus Jebus

      As an aside, there is this…

      Over 1,000 suffer poisoning in Japan after eating malathion-contaminated food

      “We test products several times a day for evidence of spoilage, based on the law, but we had no reason to believe pesticides would be present, so we didn’t test for that,” Ichiro Gohara, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg. “Until now, we haven’t received any reports of problems.” 😐

      Consumers complained about having food poisoning symptoms, like diarrhea, vomiting and stomach aches after eating packaged frozen croquettes, frozen chicken teriyaki with mayonnaise, or pizza.

      Read the article. It raises more questions, than it answers…

      • Sickputer

        "The company has confirmed that none of the tainted products have been shipped to other countries."

        SP: Anybody buying that assertion? Anybody? >;->

    • Jebus Jebus

      Hundreds of Japanese children fall ill in suspected food poisoning outbreak

      The children from Hamamatsu, a coastal city about 125 miles southwest of Tokyo, suffered vomiting and diarrhea, officials said Thursday, while 41 teachers and staff showed the same symptoms.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Whether it is directly from radionuclide ingestion, "sharing the pain", or whether it is from mutagenic changes in existing vectors, radionuclide exposure in the environment knows no boundaries. None.

      Keep on smiling, it's the only mitigation available…

  • mairs mairs

    It takes an act of Congress to make the military pay attention to these sailors. Shameful.

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    Re: Sheila Smith quotes:

    " Smith says the navy took a conservative stance, concerned about radiation. "

    I'm not sure what she is saying here: is she stating that the Navy chose a cautious response tempered by concerns about radiation voiced at the time? Or that they chose to deploy upon the more conservative estimates of radiation release?

  • MochiMadness

    I'm not sure I understand this "Congressional" thing–let me back up and see if I get this straight.

    The USS Reagan sailed around for "weeks" looking for a port that would take them, all refusing because of the radiation contamination of the vessel, right?

    Are we to believe now that the Captain or who the hell ever was driving the carrier around "for weeks" searching for someone to let them dock—didn't KNOW that they were driving around for weeks looking for somewhere to put in?

    Nobody noticed that they were sailing around in circles or even asked why?

    It's a nuclear powered carrier, am I correct? They've got the most technologically advanced equipment and weaponry–and nobody took the time to measure radiation levels on the ship? How would they know if they had an accident on board,then?

    This is beyond disgusting.

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    Uh yes, it is disgusting.

    All USN nuke power ships have an "unbelievable" nuke department.
    Enlisted have a high washout in school (2+yrs) the expectation is HIGH.
    They have 6 vs 4 year enlistment because of the intensive training.

    Ya, swapping the Washington with the Reagan, good idea.
    Harder to "verify" here in the US, the RR status,
    Not docked in SD — is good for SD

    Out of Sight–Out of Mind—the madness continues

    Former USN

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    I would realllllllllly like to know the:
    Time on Duty
    Length of Deployments

    Of the USS R. Reagan in the next 10 yrs.

    Any ideas???

    Those sailors are getting the shaft now, and in the future.

    And no talk at all about the visitors in Hi.— before the decon


  • tinkr55

    My son was sent to Japan during Operation Tomodachi in 6/11. He was at an Air Force base west of Tokyo, even tho he is USNR. The deployment was for 6 months, and upon return he said that ALL military personnel and their dependents who were present on 3/11 and during the year following, would have ALL their medical records archived for the next 25 years. Unfortunately, in 6/13, the military reversed its position, and declared that their would be no archiving of medical records. It is good to see that the senate has passed a bill to address the medical conditions of those aboard the RR. But, there were many military personnel who volunteered their off duty time near Fukushima, helping the locals repair their housing. ALL military should be medically followed if they were present during, and the 12 months following, the events at Fukushima. This should NOT turn into another Agent Orange fiasco…

    • flatsville


      Thank you son for his service on my behalf.

      >>>This should NOT turn into another Agent Orange fiasco…<<<

      I have some experience wih AO. Fuku rad exposure fight will be worse.

  • weeman

    I hope you picked up the fact from the article that it is only a request and not a presidential order or such and is only part of a range of things, it sounds to me it will be wiped under the carpet.

  • razzz razzz

    Port of San Diego besides porting nuke carriers has a nest for nuke subs. I bet the USS RR leaves a radioactive signature a mile wide trailing behind now. Not good to peg sensor readings when sailing past the nuke sub base.

    USS RR rad detectors went off aboard ship and the first thought was their reactor had a leak, then choppers flying through the fresh Daiichi plume came back hot…from there it is now an act of Congress to handle it. Added Congressional hearings immediately during 3/11 events, it will have to be a whitewash of the century to deny sailors medical treatment for peacetime fallout. It's a step past malfeasance venturing into willful for Naval brass at command central.

    The USS GW hurried left port with a skeleton crew to complete scheduled civilian repairs when their nuke sensors went off to avoid further contamination, they did not escape all Daiichi's fallout either.

    US RR is destined to be a ghost ship with no home port since decontamination is not possible back to pre-Daiichi levels for that ship and its flotilla. Not counting the families taken aboard ship for the ride home before the ship underwent decontamination.

    If there is anything worse than a fallout plume, it is a fresh fallout plume. The hours or days half life nuclides haven't had a chance to decay away yet making the plume extra 'dirty'.

    • GQR2

      they didn't !! Razzz Tell me that is not true. Say its not so.
      They allowed families ,children aboard that ship to sale to sail up the coast ?! What monsters.

      • razzz razzz

        [IB Publisher's note: After contamination in Japan why didn't the USS Reagan steam home in order to aide crew exposed to radiation? Instead they completed their tour schedule and delayed for months any help they might have gotten on shore. On September 7th 2011(from "…Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron 4 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a tiger cruise air show. Tiger cruises allow friends and family of deployed Sailors and Marines to spend time aboard a sea-going vessel to experience the ship's day-to-day operations. Ronald Reagan is returning from a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd)". This means family and friends of crewman were onboard USS Ronald Reagan after contamination in March of 2011. Another report indicated that some family sailed back to home port on the mainland aboard the ship…"

        • GQR2

          seeing them sweep that foam without even so much as a mask. Its way beyond criminal negligence. Its beyond way beyond the call of duty. And the kids and families. This shows us pretty clearly who we are dealing with. beyond the pale.

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        QR2: what you're witnessing with the families, if true, is called Doubling Down. It's all the rage inside the beltway. Not only does it show just who the badest mofo's on the planet are, but it makes the initial act seem more improbable since they compounded the act with more acts along a thread.

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        Sort of like, "k!ll one person you're a murderer and get the death penalty; k!ll many and your insane and go to a hospital for a couple of years. Example: your reaction; Impossible! Aku.

  • name999 name999

    An "Adjustment Disorder" is kind of a round file mental health disorder. Means someone has trouble
    adjusting to some change in their life and this is reflected in a huge variety and range of symptoms. Anything goes really. As this guy got sick within 5 months of being stationed on another ship the adustment dx is the excuse for his injury and illness… he couldn't handle the transition.

    Just a bogus diagnosis. This is where the extremely corrupted medical systems become the next plume of damages for our military people.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    We fight heat with cold.

    We fight sour with sugar.

    We fight radiation with…

    • watchman

      Have seen couple of studies post-Chernobyl
      treating children with remissions using
      pristine spirulina. Couple of other things
      mentioned @ newsletter. Problem
      is where to find pristine now that West Coast
      sources of this have contamination questions.