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Defense Department / 1950's Nuclear Explosion Exposures #52911

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 09, 1978
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(Studio) Death from leukemia of former Army soldier Paul River Cooper, who witnessed atomic explosion in Nevada in 1957 and went with troops into area after it, noted. Is also reported 7 others at that blast have leukemia and that Defense Department is trying to locate others exposed to atomic radiation in 1950's.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) No. of people believed to have been exposed to such tests from 1946-57 noted; one is White House correspondent Sam Donaldson. [DONALDSON - describes experience. Says Army later sent him notice that he had recd. no appreciable amount of radiation and has no reason to doubt this.] Reason for doubt in case of Paul Cooper noted; Cooper's interview last year with reporter Ron Miller and fact that 8 of his troop contracted leukemia noted. Defense Department is telephone bank number for those exposed to radiation in atomic test cited and shown.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

Reynolds, Frank;
Wordham, Bill

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