But whether that's good or bad isn't yet clear
by Engineer on Sat May 20, 2006 12:00 AM
by Cpurd on Sat May 20, 2006 12:00 AM
by Engineer on Wed May 24, 2006 12:00 AM
by Hokieg33 on Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:00 AM
I served as a Fire Controlman (FC) onboard the USS Pensacola LSD 38 from 1992 to 1996. In 1995 our ship while returning from the Mediterranean was given orders to shoot all our Depleted Uranium rounds into the Sea. Given the cost of the DU this always shocked and concerned me. We shot/destroyed all 6,000 rounds of munitions onboard. The Navy was already in the process of proactively changing to Tungsten rounds and the reason I was given informally for the wholesale destruction was because of the controversy caused by “Gulf War Disease”.
The post from the munitions designer struck me as being especially poignant for many reason. The exposure level discussed above is troublesome because not only was our workshop directly under our weapon system (CIWS MK 15), but adjacent to the magazine and separated by a non-armored wall. In August 29th 2008, I had a seizure that presented in my sleep. I was transported to the hospital where I went into respiratory failure. I was put into a medically induced coma. I woke up three days later and was given a diagnoses of a brain tumor (Oligodenrogiloma). I had surgery at the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, FLA on September 4th . My tumor was biopsied and confirmed as Oligodendrogiloma, because of its location the majority of it was not able to be removed.
Cancer does not run in my family. Until that August night I was in perfect health, actively playing Softball and Golf and had just turned 41. I know when someone is diagnosed with Cancer the first question is always why and the how, but I am now asking myself could the DU be the reason behind my condition.
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