The atomic memories of soldiers


KIMT News 3 – Roger Paulson was 19 years-old when he joined the Navy.

Now sixty four years later, he’s opening up about his experience during Operation Ivy, a series of tests involving hydrogen bombs.

“They made us turn our backs from the bomb, fold our arms and put your eyes in your armpit and when the blast finished and went off you can see the bones in your arm,” says Paulson.

“Some of that lingers forever, the radiation fallout can carry miles and miles and affects a lot of generations,” says Michael Flatness, Retired Veteran.

Roger says it was important for him to talk about the impact of nuclear weapons after hearing the topic come up during this year’s presidential campaign.

“Well the candidates say that they can use atomic bombs, but they’re nuts. They cannot use that atomic bomb.”

As for Michael, he says due to the fearful nature of the Cold War many significant events never made it into history textbooks.

“In those days being Cold War and pre-Cold War, tensions were high in a lot of countries and Soviet Union, Cuba and there were a lot of incidents or actions that took place that were not highly publicized.”

Mike will be sharing his story at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

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