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Date Posted: 14:05:05 04/09/12 Mon
Author: jim barron
Subject: Re: 84th Engineers-Enewetak -Lojwa Animal
In reply to: Ron Gramazio 's message, "Re: 84th Engineers-Enewetak -Lojwa Animal" on 08:59:33 03/14/12 Wed

>
>I was a surveyor in the 84th out of Hawaii. I was the
>recon crew that explored and built the infrastructure
>that housed all the future workers. Good days. I lived
>on a 40 acre island with the highest elevation being
>14 feet. There was nothing but brush and birds when I
>got there. We lived in tents and had a simple mess set
>up near the bridge. Salt water bathing for the entire
>time. Eventually roads were built, water purification
>plant, power generation, and a baseball field...I did
>all this in early 1977. When I went to Runit for the
>first time I was given a pair of rubber boots and a
>pinch nose mask for protection. I believe there had
>only been less than a dozen visitors to Runit at that
>time. I held a small glass jar of plutonium 6 inches
>from my face....how many people have done that? I
>remember Marlin Perkins coming to see the islands.
>Nurse sharks and flying fish....I walked the reefs
>picking my way through thousands of "killer clams".
>While dragging for sharks on the way across the
>lagoon, we hooked up an eight foot barracuda. I think
>the advance crew was only 40 people, and it grew as we
>completed more of the infrastructure. Salt water
>cement....that was all we had for months. I still have
>my enewetok tshirt. I am guessing that it may be the
>only one in existence. It's in a box marked "sacred"
>along with my American Samoa shirt. I was also advance
>party there for the Mt. Alava road project. I was
>lucky....19 years old and experiencing indigenous
>cultures for the first time. I hated the military, but
>loved my experiences. Hence; all the article 15's I
>got. It didn't matter to my work crew....I was the
>best they had. My favorite line: evey time I saw Capt.
>Ono, I would salute and call him Capt. Oh...no. He
>hated me.
saved your ass one time thre away one of your ar 15s

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