A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Mike Magner

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0306822571

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


While the big bad corporation has often been the offender in many of the world’s greatest environmental disasters, in the case of the mass poisoning at Camp Lejeune the culprit is a revered institution: the US Marine Corps. For two decades now, revelations have steadily emerged about pervasive contamination, associated clusters of illness and death among the Marine families stationed there, and military stonewalling and failure to act. Mike Magner’s chilling investigation creates a suspenseful narrative from the individual stories, scientific evidence, and smoldering sense of betrayal among those whose motto is undying fidelity. He also raises far-reaching and ominous questions about widespread contamination on US military bases worldwide.

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Greene, “Family Attributed Health Problems to Bad Luck, But Now Think Lejeune’s Water the Source,” Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News, August 27, 2007. 3. Louella Holliday, telephone interview with author, April 2013; “Statement of Louella D. Holliday,” Camp Lejeune Toxic Water: The Few, the Proud, the Forgotten, http://tftptf.com/CLW_Docs/LouellaHollidayStory.pdf. 4. Quotations and details for Terry Dyer and Karen Strand in this chapter are from Terry Dyer, telephone interview with author, February

Arthur to help his family get to the mainland along with thousands of other Americans being moved out of harm’s way. (Before he went home, Arthur found his Model A still parked near the dock, riddled with bullets. He vowed revenge against the Japanese for damaging his prized possession, and it was a promise he would keep in the years ahead.) On Christmas Eve the Townsends were told they were to report the next morning to the SS Lurline, a luxury liner that had been pressed into service to

exempt from hazardous-waste laws, even though the base was filled with housing areas, recreation sites, and other areas that needed to be protected from toxic contamination. Not to mention the fact that Camp Lejeune was already on the federal Superfund list requiring extensive and costly remediation. Later in the hearing, Dingell introduced his ace in the hole, Jerry Ensminger. “From my own past experiences it makes me shudder to think that the military would be granted immunities from any

the president in the limousine, and Warren Partain Jr. would be part of the Naval Academy contingent that marched in his funeral procession in Washington. Following graduation from the academy in 1966, Partain went all over the world as a Marine officer. “His roots were in the Marine Corps; the Marine Corps is family to him,” Mike Partain later said of his father. Mike Partain’s mother was a French Canadian, Lisette Pampalon, whom his father had met while on a training cruise aboard the aircraft

by the EPA, the government could not be accused of negligence for failing to remove the tainted water supply. “The December 1972 Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Instructions for Camp Lejeune [that] mandate regular testing of the water supply state that ‘Drinking water shall not contain impurities in concentrations which may be hazardous to the health of the consumers,’ and specifically limit acceptable levels of chlorinated hydrocarbons,” Boyle wrote: Reports on tests of the water supply

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