Semper Fi: Searching for answers at Camp Lejeune

This summer, thousands of former Marines all across the country learned something alarming. The base where they had been stationed, Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., was the site of one of the worst water contaminations in U.S. history. In late June, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a massive study, one of the largest of its kind, tracking down 300,000 residents who had lived at Camp Lejeune during some part of a 30-year period. They may have been exposed to dangerous substances in the base’s water supply. The agency hopes to determine whether it can find a pattern that connects serious health issues to exposure to the chemicals.

A new documentary called “Semper Fi” follows one man’s journey from devoted Marine to activist searching for answers about what happened at Camp Lejeune, who knew and when.

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  • Guest

    There are at least 130 US military bases on the EPA Superfund Toxic site clean up list.  The majority (but not all) support aviation.  Take a look at the EPA site map of the US & see how many toxic sites are located near you.

  • R DonetteArgetsinger

    As a marine dependent living in Camp Lejeune, NC, I am finding it very disturbing that no mainstream news outlet has picked up this story.  I have four siblings. We were exposed to this as young children and again as jr. high and highschool kids.  Where are we to go for more information? USMC has got to be more forthcoming.

  • Shelley Lewis

    There have been a number of television and newspaper
    stories about this contamination  but somehow they don’t seem to have
    generated as much attention as you might think. The St. Petersberg Times
    (tampabay.com) and the McClatchy newspapers (mcclatchydc.com) are just
    two examples that come to mind.

    As for learning more, the Marines’ website does have extensive
    information about the Camp Lejeune water situation and a place to
    register to receive notifications about it: https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/.
    Senator Burr of North Carolina has sponsored a bill to provide funding
    for health care for contamination victims, although it is a long way
    from passing and has numerous hurdles, and NC’s other senator, Kay Hagan
    is a co-sponsor. You can read about it on their web pages.
    You might also visit the website http://www.tftpth.com, which stands for the
    Few, The Proud, The Forgotten. They are an independent group of
    advocates who’ve compiled a great deal of information about the Camp
    Lejeune contamination situation. However please note that we at Need to
    Know have not independently verified the information on their website,
    so we can’t vouch for the accuracy of its content.

  • Gsanfour1111

    I have severe pain in left brest area that I thought was my heart condition but everytime I get checked out ecg, heart chest x-ray and mamaagram, I am told all ins normal. What test can I request to rule out breast cancer or early stages of this cancer. Should I be concerned. I was ar camp lejeune from 1986 to 1990. Any suggestions as to what test I can request from VA physician or private physician to rule out breast cancer.

  • glmorley

    I was first notified by HQMC, October 1, 2008 who enlisted the Internal Revenue Service to forward the notice to me. The notice stated that “The Marine Corps is actively seeking individuals who resided or worked aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC between 1957 and 1987 for our notification registry.” The letter indicates that Marine Corps records show my being stationed at CLNC during the period, and how to register my current address via http://www.Marines.mil/clsurvey, or calling 877-261-9782. It was signed by E.G. Payne, Major General, USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installation and Logistics (Facilities).

    After participating in the Camp Lejeune Water Registry, I received a second notice from HQMC, dated July 6, 2009 indicating my registry and was encouraged to reach out to others who may have been affected. Included in the letter was a USMC brochure titled, “Camp Lejeune: Historic Drinking Water.” It includes background context, FAQ’s, registry information, and additional website links of interest, e.g., National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Camp Lejeune Water Project Website. MajGen. Payne also signed this letter.

    I was stationed there between April 1984 and December 1986. I never liked the taste of the drinking  water there and distinctly recall odd odors when pouring water from the spigot. At the time, I thought it was part of military living.

  • glmorley

    I was first notified by HQMC, October 1, 2008 who enlisted the Internal Revenue Service to forward the notice to me. The notice stated that “The Marine Corps is actively seeking individuals who resided or worked aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC between 1957 and 1987 for our notification registry.” The letter indicates that Marine Corps records show my being stationed at CLNC during the period, and how to register my current address via http://www.Marines.mil/clsurvey, or calling 877-261-9782. It was signed by E.G. Payne, Major General, USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installation and Logistics (Facilities).

    After participating in the Camp Lejeune Water Registry, I received a second notice from HQMC, dated July 6, 2009 indicating my registry and was encouraged to reach out to others who may have been affected. Included in the letter was a USMC brochure titled, “Camp Lejeune: Historic Drinking Water.” It includes background context, FAQ’s, registry information, and additional website links of interest, e.g., National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Camp Lejeune Water Project Website. MajGen. Payne also signed this letter.

    I was stationed there between April 1984 and December 1986. I never liked the taste of the drinking  water there and distinctly recall odd odors when pouring water from the spigot. At the time, I thought it was part of military living.

  • Anonymous

    The letter cited by GLMorley was sent to all 170,000+ registrants for the Camp Lejeune registry. The letter also contained an executive copy of the 2009 NRC review on Camp Lejeune. Among the growing list of problems with the literature review conducted by the National Academies is that the committee was not provided key details concerning our exposures to benzene in our drinking water. Specifically, the existence of over 1 million gallons of fuel in the groundwater used for our drinking water. Not only was this fuel located in the groundwater, there was an active pumping well within 300-1,000 feet of this massive plume. There is no coincidence that the July 1984 test results for this well were missing from the Academy’s report. Also missing in the Academy’s review was a November 1985 test result of the tap water on Hadnot Point. That result was 2,500 ppb of benzene. The current safe level of benzene in drinking water is 5 ppb. My question is how could the National Academy conduct their review with incomplete information and why didn’t the USMC reveal this data to the committee. 

    GSANFOUR1111, I am one of the male breast cancer survivors from Lejeune. You can contact me through our website TFTPTF.com

  • Anonymous

    My mama has been gone for 5 years now (gastric cancer took her in June 2006) and we have still not been notified by DON. My mama worked at the Naval Hospital in the Labor & Delivery Dept. as an RN.
    I really appreciate ALL the hard work others have done to spread the word.  

  • Helge6131

    I was  @ Camp Le jeune Only from Aug 1958 till Feb. 1959
    @38e27aa531c07ea4c02315154d9b39be:disqus this story touch’s all of us.
    Why are they only trying to contact those that were there from 1965 on when I heard this start’ed in the mid 50 s?
    Gerald J. Helgeson 

  • Karanne Garland Tucker

    I, too, would like to know why the surveys are only being sent out to those who were at LeJeune from , I believe, 1975 – 85. I was a dependent at LeJeune from 6l-62, a freshman at the brand new Camp LeJeune High School.  I developed MDS, a type of leukemia, main causes of this disease are smoking or exposure to BENZENE – have never smoked!  Family 3 generations back, no major diseases!  I am glad to see numerous articles and news programs covering this story.  I currently live in Western NC!

  • Roberta MacDonald

    There were over 2000 adoptions in Onslow County during this time span.  Those who were adopted will NEVER know they were exposed to these contaminants due to the sealed adoption records system within North Carolina.  It is the DUTY of the NC Representatives and Senators to pass a bill that ANY adoptee from Onslow County will be NOTIFIED that there is a possiblity they may have been exposed to these contaminants.

  • Neil Fischbein

    Keep up the great work Jerry, Mike, and co.

    For others, here’s some insight into some of DOD’s motivation:

    In 2003, an internal DOD presentation revealed that there are actually over 1,400 known U.S. military sites contaminated with TCE. At the time, DOD pegged their own cost of clean-up at $5 billion and expressed concern that EPA might tighten regulations on TCE clean-up. DOD estimated the new regulations could cost DOD an additional $5 billion in clean-up costs. 

    More strenuous regulations and heightened clean-up standards may be harder to thwart if DOD admits the toxin/disease connection in Lejeune. Beyond clean-up costs, if DOD concedes connections between the Lejeune contaminants and diseases, DOD risks claims from all the Lejeune survivors and many of the 1,400 other bases.

    Download the presentation from here:  http://www.tceblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/DOD-TCE-presentation.ppt

  • Ftlogan89

    When I was in the Marine Corps I trusted them with my life. I never thought they would poison me. I am a breast cancer survivor and believe it was from the toxic soup I was exposed to during my 3 years at Camp Lejeune. I don’t believe the Marine Corps left us behind to die.

  • Ftlogan89

    When I was in the Marine Corps I trusted them with my life. I never thought they would poison me. I am a breast cancer survivor and believe it was from the toxic soup I was exposed to during my 3 years at Camp Lejeune. I don’t believe the Marine Corps left us behind to die.

  • MikePartain

    Karanne, your information is incorrect. The 1975-1985 is a target group for in depth study which can be extrapolated to everyone exposed regardless of when you were aboard the base. The health survey is going out to EVERYONE who is registered with the USMC. We were aboard Lejeune in 1968. My parents just got their surveys in the mail last week.

  • MikePartain

    Karanne, your information is incorrect. The 1975-1985 is a target group for in depth study which can be extrapolated to everyone exposed regardless of when you were aboard the base. The health survey is going out to EVERYONE who is registered with the USMC. We were aboard Lejeune in 1968. My parents just got their surveys in the mail last week.

  • http://twitter.com/dunnclan Stacey Dunn

    My father served from ’67-’69, and both my parents lived on the base.  Shortly after they left, I was born.  My mother has had both Graves and Hashimoto’s disease at various times (almost unheard-of), and had breast cancer before the age of 60–the first woman in the genetic line in three generations to get it at such a young age.  In fact, she was the youngest cancer patient ever known of in our line, until I took the honors at 36.  I have papillary thyroid cancer which dedifferentiated (extremely rare), Sjogren’s Syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, fatty liver disease (despite the fact that I have never imbibed), gastroparesis (stomach paralysis), and assorted other, smaller indignities.  My daughter was also born prematurely (after I described my symptoms, doctors assured me that I could not pass on these illnesses to my offspring, or I would not have had her), and now she has the dubious honor of being the second generation to hang out at the children’s hospital.  I will have no other children.  I am not a cruel woman.

  • MBGlo

    I lived at Tarawa Terrace from February 1966 through November 1968.  I was both a dependant and a civilian employee, working in the Base Schools as a Speech Therapist. In 1967, while still living on base, I suffered an ectopic pregnancy, the first in either of our families.  In February 2006 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma–also a first in my family. I have not received any mailings from the government.

  • Peter R. Mercier

    I (Peter R, Mercier), Has lived at Camp LeJeune from 1960 to 1962, in the 10th marines. My step daughter went to school at camp Lejeuns, and later died of Cancer. When the doctors asked the family where she lived because the cause was contaminated water, we did not think about CLNC. I just turn 70 and I went on line to the EPA Superfund clean-up information at CLNC in 2009, and I found a lot more chemical then the Marine Corps has indicated (42 chemicals) when the EPA has claimed 87 known hazardous chemicals. I printed 242 pages of those Material Safety Data Sheets indicating what those chemicals cause. I have had open heart surgery,(Iscemic Heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes,  I also did further background study, and all the Chemicals are the same that makes-up Agent Orange. Herbicides, Pesticides, Heavy metals, Benzines, PCE, TCB, Chloride,Clordane, and a host of others. I have sent to the VA all the MSDS’s through the DAV. I first file for benefits in 2009 when I first heard of TFTPTF and I then registered, I have just recieved from the General E.G.Payne, Mentioned above a letter requesting Information. My Phone is 423-385-4376. If I had the where-with-all to travel, I would have tried to be at the congessional meeting. I am still waiting for some Financial help from the VA. It is in the Appeals process for over  a year. I am classified as a disable veteran, but have not been given any monetary percentage. I have other health issues besides those  mention above. Even though I had major sleep problem while in the Marines and The VA finally gave me a CAP for sleep apnea., zero percentage.This was in my Military medical records. Sleep Apnea was NOT a Medical diagnosi untill 1967. from the Medical Journals If I can be of any help to any former marines please feel free to contact me
     423-385-4376
    Peter R mercier
    1300 Tunnel Blvd. #2
    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-1570

  • Gloria E Full

    Gloria E Full September 5, 2011

    First and formost, I want, once again, to thank Mike Partain for his dedication, perseverance and hundreds of hours of intense work to expose the US Department of Defense, (USMC) of their wrong doing,in order to pursue justice. I am also another victim, (I do not like to use this term loosely), of the criminal behavior and total disrespect shown to our nation by the United States Marine Corps.
    I lived in Camp Lejeune in 1970-1971, I was also exposed to all the poisons mentioned by professionals in the field of genetics vs environmental factors. In 2005, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, (blood cancer), and while I was in treatment and I could barely walk, I joined our group of advocates in Washington DC, to let members of Congress know what had been done to us by those who claim ” TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN”. I was interviewed by the press, I was able to confront “the elephant in the living room”, and asked a simple question, why?.
    During our meeting with JAG and other representatives from the USMC, an uncomfortable feeling filled the air. During this same meeting, several members of their Committee made the following comment: ” this meeting is not going the way we expected it to go”. Patronizing statements were made and they were in a rush to see us leave.
    As a chair advocate for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Advocacy Program, my job is to let our Community know what is going on in DC in regards to proposed bills, budget initiatives and education. I have worked hard to fullfill my responsibilities to win our war against blood cancers.

    In 2007, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel assigned by the President of the United States,and composed of experts in the field to determine causation of blood cancers and corrolation with environmental factors. My statement has been included in the report delivered to our President.
    What else do we need to prove that we are dying as a result of unconcious decisions and total lack of accountability from those choosing our fate.?

    I went in remission in 2007, today my cancer is back. Do we dare question why our Country still promotes justice for all? Thank you.

  • Jeangenie1

    I too suffer from these autoimmune disorders.  When I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis I was told by the physician that this is unusual because one can only get this from the environment.  That I somehow unknowingly ingested something.  And that was it.  I have a Facebook group page, Camp Lejeune Victims of Water Contamination, if you would care to join us and tell your story.  Whether the govt takes care of this or not, we all can come together and support one another.  No one understands what we are going through, except us.

  • Jeangenie1

    Please join my Facebook group page, Camp Lejeune Victims of Water Contamination.  This page was designed to bring people together to share their stories and provide support for each other.  Most of the information I have posted to date comes from http://www.tftptf.com.  I was lucky to meet Mr. Ensminger after the viewing of the film Semper Fi:  Always Faithful, here in NY and I am patiently waiting for this film to reach mainstream America.  He is a kind and gentle man, like most of us are, confused as well as heartbroken, that our dedication to the military turned out like this.      

  • Tammy

    I lived at Tarawa Terrace on and off  from 1973 through 1975.  I was both a dependant and a civilian employee, working at the Base Hospital.  While still living on base, I conceived my daughter who currently  has a brain tumor and other medical issues.  In  Dec 2006 I was diagnosed with uterine cancer .  Thanks to Jerry, Mike and all the others who have devoted their lives to the growing awareness of contamination at Camp Lejeune and the continuing cover-up.

  • John Eckert

    None of this was a suprise to me.  These cover ups are in all branchs of the military and it goes directly into the political arena of this country.  Agent Orange just and example, spent uranium Iraq, so why not contaminate the water at USMC base Camp Lejeune, N.C.  I used to have confidence in the USMC being a former Marine 1968-72.  Its just as Jerry said its the people at the top steering the ship and doing the cover ups.  Maybe some of these problems will flow over to them and we will see how fast that want to uncover.  This should leave a bitter taste in all military personnel and question every thing they do at the top.  So the question now as I see it is are we a nation going to assist the people or just let them fall by the wayside, we need to take care of our own and forget some of the rest of the world we tske care of.  We need to give new meaning to the whole country when we say “Semper Fi” Always Faithful or are those just words with no meaning.  Get off your ass politicians and ask yourself if it were your son, daughter, wife,husband, mother or father what would you fight for.

  • Leblancl

    It’s important to tell
    your doctor about any possible exposure and about your concerns.

     

    Mammogram and clinical
    breast exams are the main way doctors diagnose breast cancer. In some cases an
    MRI might be used as a diagnostic tool if someone is at high risk for breast
    cancer, but this is still in the clinical trial phase, so it’s not in common use.
     Below is a link to the National Cancer Institute’s page about breast
    cancer diagnostic tools:

     

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/breast/Patient/page3

     

    Of course, chest pain can
    be a lot of different things, so it’s important that your doctors also make
    sure the pain is not being caused by some other problem, like heart disease, as
    you mention.

  • Anonymous

    I,(Peter R. Mercier, Former USMC,from 1958 to 1962), like to believe that the Marine Corp would not screw its members, But thats just it, The ones at the top , including The DOD, The Navy Bureaucrat just dont care. I never bother to complain until I found about the Water Contamination the did to us and then tried to cover it up. Thank you Jerry, and all the ones that are bring it out in the open. The VA states it has to be proven it was service connected. How do we do that? When It effects us later in life. Even after some tragedys suuh as losing some member of our family. The Senator From Hawaii was one of those that allowed the DOD to end up making all the decisions. I personally think most of the senators and congressmen or women should be force by the citizen to have the same social security benefits and not have all the benefits. Then they would do things differ4ent. They seem to forget they work for us. If any wants to contact me at my web site it is, watahshi@comcast.net Phone is 423-385-4376, address is; Peter R. Mercier
                                              1300 Tunnel Blvd. #2
                                              Chattanooga, Tennessee 34711-1570
    I have contacted the congressman in my area and have been told he is monitoring my situation, but have heard nothing else from him in a long time. Again I think it is Political speak to there constituents. The VA is determine to screw the veterans as always, because they say it is up to congress. Why then are we helping all the otyhers countries first? Peter R Mercier.   

  • Arqbond

    My sister was born at Camp LeJeune Dec 1967 and lived at Tarawa Terrace until spring of 1971. She died in 2010 of cancer that originated in her appendix, one of the rarest types of cancer known. Only about 100 people in the US are diagnosed with it per year. She was a healthy and active mother of 2. Exposure to toxic water as a child on base seems to be a logical cause of her disease. Thank you so much for bringing light to this story. I applaud Mike and Jerry for their continued fight.  I hope the military will finally take full responsibility for their actions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KVAGLDUNJ2RI66UQSIR4HKFPUY Michael and Donna

    Thank you for telling our story too.  My two kids are totally disabled from being born there, and they live in poverty.  We need their 11 year old torts to be settled.
    Michael Glenn

  • Torinochick

    Excellent presentation. I was at at Camp Geiger during 1960 and Camp Lejeune during 1962-63. During 1963 we lived at Sneads Ferry, but prior to 1963 I lived in the barracks.

  • Fred C. Learned

    Our gratutude and admiration go out to Jerry, Mike, and the many others who have worked very diligently to get the word out, and not allow the government to get away with hiding facts.  Mike and Jerry have worked hard to bring the truth to the public’s eye.  Hopefully, we won’t continued to be “The Forgotten”.  In May, I was diagnosed with my 3rd cancer.  Thanks for being a great advocate for the cause!

  • Pakers

    My family lived at Camp Lejeune from the early 1950′s until 1960 when we were transfered to Quantico on compassionate basis due to my mother’s terminal breast cancer so she could be near her family. I have not received a questionnaire and only found out about this travesty from my now deceased younger sister when she saw an obscure article in the newspaper. We lived in Tarawa Terrace 11 and attended base schools. I have had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and my sister died due to metastatic Malignant Melanoma. When is the Marine Corps going to live up to their matto-Semper Fidelis and “man-up” to their responsibilities? I was around The Corps long enough to know that there is many a Marine turning over in his or her grave due to this lack of Responsibilty.  Paul C. Akers,MD

  • Kgtucker

    Thank you, Mike, for clearing up the information!  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but hope it will be shown in our area soon!  Thanx, again, for all of your efforts!

  • Meddigger

     Personaly, the artical on PBS “Need to Know” in reguards to the to the water issues at Marine Corps Base Camp, Lejuene was not indepth enough. The full hour program should have been devoted to our fight for rights and our children and the health effects we all now live with. I have already received and returned the question form from ATSDR, better known as the CDC, but do not understand its pourpos other than to discount the diffrence between the water and chemicals most of us were subject to on a daily basis in our work and living areas. Having lived aboard Camp Lejeune from 1977-1985 I have lived with chronic abdominal issues,nuroligical disorders, and now after three diffrent exams have to return for another for a biopsy of a mass found in my colin-rectal area, but when I have approached the medical staff at the local Veterans Hospital, they have no idea as to what I am talking about when I speak of the water issues from Camp Lejeune, and ask that I send them all the information I receive. Just as those who served in Viet-nam deal with Agent Orange, we Marines are fighting as they have done just to be swept under the rug as they have done for years to receive treatment for their illinesses. 

  • GT Coole, USMC1969

    I was disappointed that there was such a short discussion on this subject. This needs to be a full hour or even yet a two hour full documentary on this “conveniently forgotten” matter. The government has pushed this matter to the wayside for too long and it is time for The Few, The Proud not to be Forgotten but to be Recognized. We as US Marines signed a blank check to the Corps giving our lives to them …. what a slap in the face to have them drain our bank accounts of all we had.

  • GT Coole, USMC1969

    I was stationed there in 1973-1974. We were then transferred to Marine Barracks NAS Cecil Field Jax, Fl where my son was born with a cleft lip & palate. We thought … “we had done something wrong and God had punished us”. We know better now. We love our son tremendously and he is a strong loving son. We now know the Corps is responsible for this injustice as we lived at Lejeune during the highest levels of contamination. My son is now 36 and man enough to live with his scars but no longer has the desire to follow in Dad’s footsteps to join the Marine Corps. He dosen’t feel that the Marine Corps is what it used to be when his Grandfather and GreatGrandfather were also Marines. The traditon, once a proud one has now died. Thank you !!!!!  Michael and Donna, we share your pain and we pray for your victory that will come your way when the Marine Corps faces reality and has to pay for their coverup.

  • Earthquake31

    Its because several U.S. Army soldiers have been pissing in it all along. 13B10 specifically.

  • MMejorado

    I am angry because one well wasn’t capped until 1991! We protested because we were constantly ill living at TT.  I had never heard anything about this until my 3 month old, 2 year old and me moved into 1069 E. Pelilue St, then up to Boganville St. and stayed sick with upper respiratory illnesses, skin problems and I started having misscarriages. We protested in Nov 1991 outside TT, only then did we find out about the deaths right down the road in 1969.  I was a base lifeguard and shot video of the creek behind the daycare with barrels of black and red goo coming out of them. I was told by an attorney in town I had a big red target on my back to leave town because I called the EPA to swab my house and MY HOUSE WAS CONTAMINATED.  I then questioned 49 families living in TT and 39 had the same illnesses and there were several infant deaths attributed to SIDs.  I gave my video tape to JAN BEAN who was doing an article for us in 91, then she married the Major of Joint Public Affairs and my video and copy of our health records disappeared (I have the originals).  She was part of the cover up.  I had to have a complete hysterectomy because of fibroids, and adenomyosis, and had pericardial effusion and nearly died. My youngest daughter has had 2 surgeries now for endometrial tissue causing cyst, and has lost one ovary already before she ever had the pleasure of having a boyfriend her doctor has put her in medical menopause at 21 years old. My eldest daughter has skin problems and it has seriously affected her as well, both are anemic. 

    After base housing moved us to Boganville they moved a WM with 2 small children into our home on Pelilue so I went and told her the house was posionous. They sent her to fight in desert storm while her mother came from texas to watch her children. Her mother died on the couch in that house and wasn’t found for 3 days when someone heard the kids crying!!! THIS CONTAMINATION DID NOT STOP IN 1987!! WE ARE SUFFERING EVERYDAY AND LIVED THERE FROM 89-91, AND TT WAS BUILT ON AN OLD LAND FILL, IT’S NOT JUST THE DRY CLEANING CHEMICALS. When is someone going to here us?? I have my records and I lost my chance to have any more children and lost three pregnancies. My youngest may not ever be able to give me grandbabies, and my eldest may not either. Base can act like they did not know until much later right?? But they damn well knew in 1989-91 the houses themselves were contaminated.  They knew full well it was built on an old landfill too. There are 2 more video tapes out there that shows the creek and the un natural hill behind the daycare where we filmed.

  • MMejorado

    I am angry because one well wasn’t capped until 1991! We protested because we were constantly ill living at TT.  I had never heard anything about this until my 3 month old, 2 year old and me moved into 1069 E. Pelilue St, then up to Boganville St. and stayed sick with upper respiratory illnesses, skin problems and I started having misscarriages. We protested in Nov 1991 outside TT, only then did we find out about the deaths right down the road in 1969.  I was a base lifeguard and shot video of the creek behind the daycare with barrels of black and red goo coming out of them. I was told by an attorney in town I had a big red target on my back to leave town because I called the EPA to swab my house and MY HOUSE WAS CONTAMINATED.  I then questioned 49 families living in TT and 39 had the same illnesses and there were several infant deaths attributed to SIDs.  I gave my video tape to JAN BEAN who was doing an article for us in 91, then she married the Major of Joint Public Affairs and my video and copy of our health records disappeared (I have the originals).  She was part of the cover up.  I had to have a complete hysterectomy because of fibroids, and adenomyosis, and had pericardial effusion and nearly died. My youngest daughter has had 2 surgeries now for endometrial tissue causing cyst, and has lost one ovary already before she ever had the pleasure of having a boyfriend her doctor has put her in medical menopause at 21 years old. My eldest daughter has skin problems and it has seriously affected her as well, both are anemic. 

    After base housing moved us to Boganville they moved a WM with 2 small children into our home on Pelilue so I went and told her the house was posionous. They sent her to fight in desert storm while her mother came from texas to watch her children. Her mother died on the couch in that house and wasn’t found for 3 days when someone heard the kids crying!!! THIS CONTAMINATION DID NOT STOP IN 1987!! WE ARE SUFFERING EVERYDAY AND LIVED THERE FROM 89-91, AND TT WAS BUILT ON AN OLD LAND FILL, IT’S NOT JUST THE DRY CLEANING CHEMICALS. When is someone going to here us?? I have my records and I lost my chance to have any more children and lost three pregnancies. My youngest may not ever be able to give me grandbabies, and my eldest may not either. Base can act like they did not know until much later right?? But they damn well knew in 1989-91 the houses themselves were contaminated.  They knew full well it was built on an old landfill too. There are 2 more video tapes out there that shows the creek and the un natural hill behind the daycare where we filmed.

  • MMejorado

    GS I had pain in my left rib cage below my breast, was weak when I stood up, and would get so dizzy I would have to grab onto something or fall.  After the 3rd misdiagnoses the 4th Dr laid my chest xrays side by side and found almost 2 liters of fluid in my pericadial sac around my heart literally squeezing my heart to death.  They drained it but it came back, then they had to do surgery and cut a window in my pericardial sac to save me.  Niothing has ever hurt so bad, but after all those years getting weaker and weaker since the surgery I have more strength.  The cardiothorasic surgeon said usually a pericardial effusion is caused by a serious illness that results in death.  Mine was inflamation of an unknown source and I had it for years.  I can’t take anti-inflamatories.  Ask your doctor to do an ecg and check you for pericardial effusion. Best of luck.

  • MMejorado

    John, like agent orange they are waiting on the majority of us to die off so they don’t have to pay us for posioning us.  Semper Fi means something when our Marines are giving their lives for this country.  But it doesn’t mean a thing aboard the base. Sad…Most of my friends names are engraved on the Beiruit wall…

  • Kathleen A Stubbe

    My husband was stationed, and we lived  at Camp Lejeune fom1972 thru 1975. I had given birth to my second  and third child at Camp Lejeune Hospital. I started suffering from severve migrane headaches and siezures, my daughters were always spiking high fevers. I was told  I had a terminal brain condition. My middle daughter was born with no sinus cavaties and extra tissue in her heart. My youngest daughter has been diagnosed with Lupus, then told later it is not that. She also has severe curvicure of the spine. Her children have medical problems also. When My husband was discharged from service my siezures and migranes miraculosy went away. I do have other conditions the main being fibromyalgia, and panic attacks. when we were contacted by the ASTD we were told to request our medical records from the Marine corp. I was sent a letter stating the records had been destroyed in a fire.. Later I did receive one record it was for the birth of one of my children. I wonder what became of all the other files. My husband suffers from many differant types of medical conditions  which no Doctors have been able to pinpoint.. I think it is a disgrace that the very country he was serving to protect, poisoned us. My husband hasn”t been able to work for 10 years. Where is the help for us. I once believed I was the most fortunate person to have a loving husband and beautiful children, Now I worry about them always, will I be alive after they are gone? I have suffered so much watching my babies suffer and be sick, it is so heartbreaking to live with. It could have been prevented. The government had poisoned  my children and I, and we would like some answers.

  • Oldgrunt

    Always Faithful appears to be a one way street.

  • Oldgrunt

    Always Faithful appears to be a one way street.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWQZ5B2B4SEGV45UPQHEPBM6S4 eugenia

    I liked what I saw and heard but it was too brief.I understand more as my son died in1985 after being there in 1975.He had leukemia from the bad water there.I thank Mike and Jerry for all they do, and hope and pray that the truth will come out for ALL to know.Thanks and prayers,Eugenia Sexton

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWQZ5B2B4SEGV45UPQHEPBM6S4 eugenia

    I liked what I saw and heard but it was too brief.I understand more as my son died in1985 after being there in 1975.He had leukemia from the bad water there.I thank Mike and Jerry for all they do, and hope and pray that the truth will come out for ALL to know.Thanks and prayers,Eugenia Sexton

  • Sk8pep

    My parents moved to Lejeune in 1964. They lived in Berkley Manor. My younger brother who was 6 was diagonised with Hodgkin’s when he was 16. He attended the Day Care Center built on the toxic dump. My father also hunted and fished all over the base. I have tried for years to get his disease and death included . My Dad was a Corpman who served with “his” marines in two wars. My parents have both died in the 1990′s. I am the only surviving member of my family and I never liver on Camp Lejeune.I think the Marine Corp owes my family the deginity of admitting the ir responsibility.  Phillis Peppard

     

     

  • Tsaint29

    I too have had many medical problems. I had a heart attack at 29 years old, open heart surgery at 30. I have Bells Paulsey 4 times. This is a disorder that a person is only suppose to have once in their lives. I have multiple scists that I have been getting removed over the last 20 plus years since I got out. I am now 43 and have diabetes. I have 3 large blood tumors on my liver. I have to take prilosec every day because of stomache issues. I hope that this is settled soon.
    tsaint

  • Dtraver73

    My father served in 1971 tell around 1975 while my mother was pregnant with me in 1973 and I was born on the base. While in utero and for the first 2 years of my life I was poisoned daily. From the water my mother drank while she was pregnant with me to the water I then drank, bathed in, and ate food that was cooked in the most important growth time of my life. I have had medical problems all my life. The worst for me is not being able to have any more children after having a full hysterectomy at age 21 because of many complications and surgeries. I was able to have just 1. I have life long sinus problems that will never go away I was born without sinus windows had to have surgery for that. I have cysts that keep having to be removed from my head. I have chronic migraines. Fibromyalgia. I was born with fat tissue in my heart. I have had terrible anxiety and depression as far back as I can remember. I am also bi polar. I have been on social security since I was 22 because of all my medical issues. My mother had seizures while we lived on the base and was very sick all the time like myself and my sisters. The doctors said she would die. Because of her being so sick we moved back to the states and miraculously after a short time here my mother was no longer sick and having seizures. She has many medical problems. My father suffers from many medical problems. My father choose to serve his country and for that decision our family along with a million other families will forever suffer the affects. And Semper Fi the slogan for the Marines is very one sided and only true to the Marines who actually served and took the oath. The Government no longer cares what happens to the families or the Marines who served then. And what is really even more disturbing and sad is that Marines that are serving today at Camp Lejuene are walking away with extra compensation pay the water contamination for the Marines who actually lived and poisoned there families. Semper Fi as far as I’m concerned means nothing.

  • rbrant

    I was born on camp lejeune hospital in 1962 my mother and father worked and served there and we lived on base housing there my brother also was born on camp lejeune hospital in 1961 my father die of cancer 55 years old in 1985 we all live every day with lots of health issues we could not understand for years but now we understand why    rb

  • Moss Christine

    Hello, I was born and lived at Camp Lejeune, NC in 1972-1975. I am 38 years old and when I was 30 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not have a family history of cancer and my oncologist said mine was environmental. I have llived with wondering what kind of environmental factors these could have been. I have recently had to undergo heart ablations for constant tachycardia. 

  • Anonymous

    Hello, I am Rebekah Rikard and I am doing a research paper on Contaminated Water and I need an interview to complete my paper. I would like to interview a Marine that was in the Corps during the contamination period and living at the Camp. My grandfather, Sgt. Rikard of the Second Marine Division lived on base during the contamination and passed away November 28th, 2010 due to Esophageal cancer. While he was at the camp he got an ulcer, which they related to drinking but it was found after being exposed, I highly doubt that it was from drinking. He had also had a heart attack and a stroke. Which was doubtfully passed genetically. My grandmother, his wife had a miscarriage while they lived on base. My father, born the following year after my grandfather finished his duties at Camp Lejeune, has a mitral valve prolapse or a heart murmur. A lot of the medical issues passed down I believe are because of genetic mutations, cancer. I wanted to share this because I do understand and don’t want to seem irrelevant. If a Marine that was affected can please let me interview them, at least through email this would be very helpful, please and thank-you.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not exactly sure how you can get this test, but in my medical classes at school we learned that they have a test that you can get done after being 18 years of age. This tests the genes, your genetics to see if you have the breast cancer gene. I’m pretty sure if you researched it or discussed it with a doctor then you can get it done and see if the ruling out is possible. Good luck, I hope you feel better.

  • helen french

    my husband and i both were stationed at Camp Lejeune in 1970 and we both have difficult and odd health problems. We were at knox trailer park on base, i think that has contributed to all our difficulty since we were close to so many contaminated wells. We now live in Arkansas.

  • Jonbeams

    I was born at Camp Le Jeune, NC in 1958. My mother miscarried in 1959, then my sister was born in 1960 also at Le Jeune. My Mother died of CHF in 1988. My dad died in 1967 of heart problems as well. I have had cysts removed the size of my thumb. My sister has  had cancer as well. Cancer does not run in the family. I have a nervous shake in my hands all the time, ever since I was young, doctors said he will out grow it, I never did.
    Over the years, my mother told us, about her 3 miscarriages, all three were boys.
    Now I wonder about the health issues, that are passed on because of this, from my mother to me to my daughter as well.

  • Peggy Dattilo

    I was a person who lived at Camp LeJeune- both Midway Park and Tarawa Terrace-  from 1966-1968. Further more, I was pregnant from September 1967-June 1968 while living there. I am fed up with hearing about all this discussion… are you kidding me??? It has been more than 30 years and they have still not done a thing for us! Many of our friends who were affected are DEAD… if they take much longer, we will all be… and that will be simple to settle.
    My son was born with sketal birth defects. He has diabetes, and other problems… and I have such an odd combination of antibodies in my blood inlcuding Crest Syndrome, Lupus and other things attributed to Benzene cotamination, that my samples were sent to Russia, London and Johns Hopkins. My doctor was Dr. Alan Metzger – professeur of Rheumatology at UCLS -so I had the best care. My ex husband, who served  in the Corps,suffers from Mylogenius Leukemia and has been near death several times. I think this is a disgrace… and someone should do something to help us before it’s too late for everyone affected. My son has such bad kidney problems this very week that he is off work now and not able to collect sick pay or disability because he’s had so many health issues. He has a wife and four children, and he does not deserve to have had all the health problems he’s had in the past and is still suffering from… what can we do? If anyone would like to contact me, please emal me… Princess29pd@aol.com…  

  • Dboeni

    My father was a WWII vet and was at Camp L. He was in the Marshall Islands and on his way to IwoJima when he collapsed and was sent home. He suffered from lung, stomach and brain cancer and died in the 70′s. We always thought he had been contamined by something overseas, any chance it could have been Camp L

  • Siccau2

    I was born in camp la june in 1976, my mom and da were both subjected to that water. they both died a few years ago in there early 50s and i am Bi-Polar and have other various mental problems. should i be looking into this a little more?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Rasnick/100001280786483 Bobby Rasnick

    I was stationed at camp la june  in 1971 untill 1972  and now i am disabled due to having open Heart surgery 10 years ago .i dont know if any one else has had heart problems due to the bad water. i go to the VA for my meds  and i have to pay for all of my med.i am a vet  why should i have to pay for my meds.

  • Gtcoole

    I was also thre from ’73-’75. I also had heart surgery. Mine was 2 1/2 years ago and I had a 5 way by-pass. They told me it is becasue my mother also had a bad heart. I say Bull sh*t. I also have a son that was conceived while stationed there who was born with a cleft palate … another thing attributed to the contamination and yet they laim I must have been “ill” or there must have been something wrong with me or my wife when we conceived. YEAH … your damn right!! We drank that damn water for a couple of years. I have gotten ZIP from them as far as any compensation or even acknowledgement that it is their fault. I DO get regular VA health service from the lcoals here in the Tampa, Fl area. I get very good service FOR FREE but they won’t take blame for Camp Lejeune.

  • Tsaint29

    I was stationed there between 86 and 87 and I had to have open heart surgery in 98.

  • Oldschool68

     I was stationed from 84′-88′… had heart problems since 91′ had to have a pacemaker in 05′

  • K_niederkorn

    I was stationed at camp lejeune  in 1987 as a Baker. I remember using the tap water for all the ingredients to mix for cakes and cookies and remember these badged civilians taking water samples for tests throughout the days. My question is: If the water was safe, than why were they testing it? It wasn’t until I found my Baker School certificate that I realized that I had gone through Baker School in 1987 and not 1985 or 1986. I am somewhat relieved that it was in 1987, but who am I suppose to believe????? To be on the safe side and to err on the side of caution I did register my name. My prayers for all of you! 

  • Cherish_91748

    I was conceived in 1984, born 1985 at the Naval Hospital in Camp Lejuene, my mom bathed And consumed that water while pregnant with me, and I bathed and consumed it when I was born, I always found myself questioning why I had so many health issues that seem to come and go and it always confused my doctors, (painful blisters breaking out on my hands and feet, eczema, fibrosis, migraines, keloids, high blood pressure, dizzy spells, was hypoglycemic, had dangerously low blood pressure, and the list goes on; all documented), it’s like my body is constantly malfunctioning and my doctors can’t seem to give me any answers. So I’m kinda wondering why I wasn’t notified about any of this and why I had to find out about the contamination through google search while searching for picture of camp Lejuene.

  • Joseph Shevlin

    My Dad was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1957 thru 1961, he died of cancer at 62 years of age in 2001. He had cancer in his liver, lung, hip, and his lymph nodes, he found out 6 weeks before he died. No family history of cancer, so we always wondered how he could have gotten so full of it. It sure looks like we know now and we need a major lawsuit against the corp as this is the only way.

  • Casualty

    Was exposed as a small chid…sick now…civilian docs look at ne like I’m full of it when I try to explain…not feeling well! :( = me!

  • MMejorado

    Whats bs is that they cut it off up to 87 when we know they didnt cap that well until 91. Its bad that men are getting an equal amount of breast cancers. But my 22 year old daughter just had to have a hystrectomy! So did i. We lived there from 89-91 and were sick all the time. We havent been included of course.

  • Harry

    Yes, contact the VA to file a claim, have proof of residency at Lejeune during the time frame as it is necessary for claims processing.

    http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/

  • Harry

    Here is the link to the VA VHA site to get started on claims http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/

    Make sure to have proof of residency for eligibility purposes

  • Harry

    I’m currently working with VA on this, if you have any info on when that well was actually capped please send it to me. xcnturianx@aol.com

  • mindbin

    there has been a lot of stories about dumping hazard waste at camp lejeune , is it true ? well yes it is , being with supply company 2/2 head quarters after I could not due my duties as a o311 ( funny how they did not change my mos) we went into main side supply got the 55 gal drums and proceeded to dump them . I bet if they checked the ground behind 2/2 supply they would find something . Yes to this day I know it was wrong but an order is an order ( ” Don’t ask why just do or die ! ” ) how many time have you heard this ? right now I am 56 years old many health problems not as bad as most on here but they gave me 20 % for of all things arthritis a bone condition for the past 36 years ~ put in for in the past for more but was turned down ( six rods and 13 screws in my neck ,type2 sugar, list goes on ect ) I was told by one person could you prove this ? well yes I could show the spots that it was dumped but ” cant proved I dumped it ” because NO RECORDS WERE KEPT . Can not put my name on this now but if you read this and you were in 2/2 in 1976 you know this is true .

  • Big Bird

    Mom and dad were stationed there when my late brother was conceived and born. He died there as well. Hmm is there a connection ? This is my life’s work trying to find out. He was only 22 mos old at the time of death.
    Not only that but my mom had several miscarriages as well prior to my brother being born. How do I go about getting birth records and death certificate.? Do I go through the naval hospital or the county there?

  • Harry Hendershot

    I was in from 1973 to 1976 I have happatitis in 1974 in hospetil
    cent then ivhade cancer takeing my insides out

  • Patrick Dwyer

    I was at Lejuene Nc 69-72 1st Batt 2nd Marines as a grunt Corpsman & TAD to Naval Hospital Camp Lejuene. Amazing revelation on the part of the Corp now Man up and take care of those who took care of you.