NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 08, 1977
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(Studio) Former Army sergeant in Salt Lake City, UT, dying of leukemia; both he and doctors say he got it from being too close to atomic blast. He wants government to give family same benefits as if he'd been killed in combat. Govt. objects.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Salt Lake City, UT) (ERDA film of blast shown.) AEC called blast "Smoky"; was 2 times strength of Hiroshima blast. 200 soldiers ordered to witness explosion, 1 of whom was Paul Cooper. [COOPER - describes experience at explosion.] Soldiers ordered to walk around area still hot with radiation. Cooper's doctor says radiation caused cancer. [Dr. Thomas COSGRIFF - says there's no question government is responsible; cites reasons.] Veterans Administration refuses death benefits to Cooper's family. [COOPER - wants educational benefits for children since he won't be able to give them same.] Situation not likely to be resolved before Cooper's death.
REPORTER: Sandy Gilmour
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