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Cliff Hemphill was a Marine during the nuclear weapons in the Pacific during the cold war. He was in active duty on the USS Princeton, a helicopter platform ship which regularly evacuated the 1500 civilians who lived on Johnston Island, southwest of Hawaii. This island served as a launch pad for several rocket tests, and several nuclear bombs where tested by being dropped from aircraft, exploding at a range of between 15 to 40 miles in the air. From October through November of 1962, 9 nuclear weapons where tested in the atmosphere above Johnston Island, exposing Mr. Hemphill to several thousand REM's during this period. In a three month period, Mr. Hemphill showed 550 REM's in his body, compared to the 5 REM's a year that a civilian may have at any given point. He has had 140 carcinomas, 1 melanoma on his skin (which they have all been removed over the years), as well as posterior sub-capilar catarax. All his shipmates on the USS Princeton have all experienced similar skin cancers as he has. (JAVIER MANZANO/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) Cliff Hemphill (cq)

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