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Cooper / Army Tests / Radiation #48494

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 10, 1977
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(Studio) In nuclear experiments done in past, dangers sometimes weren't realized.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) 1950's acceleration of United States and USSR atomic development noted. (Defense Department film shown.) Soldiers were taken to Nevada desert to be tested with regard to stamina in face of nuclear blast; Paul Cooper was in tests and may now be paying for it. [COOPER - describes experience at explosion.] Cooper, 44, has leukemia and believes its cause is radiation from Nevada test. Cooper's physician says government was reckless with soldiers' lives. [Dr. Thomas COSGRIFF - notes reports of rapid death rate rise from leukemia in Japan at the time, in wake of bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Says bombing survivors in Japan could have related human reactions to such experience.] [COOPER - says government knew what it was doing.] Records of those in test destroyed in fire, but at least 1 other man known to have been there also has leukemia; CDC (Centers for Disease Control) searches for others. [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr. Glyn CALDWELL - cites reasons for medical importance of investigation.] Present studies underway with regard to radiation from various sources noted.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

(Studio) There's been no official comment on Cooper's case.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Miller, Ron;
Walters, Barbara

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