Fox News: “So many US sailors coming forward” with symptoms after mission near Fukushima; “Strange lumps all over… he’d been poisoned with radiation”; Hemorrhaging, cancers, leukemia, tumors — Another 50 service members may join lawsuit
December 20th, 2013
Fox News, Dec. 20, 2013: [Months after 3/11], while still serving aboard the [USS Ronald Reagan] aircraft carrier, [Quartermaster Maurice Enis] began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he’d been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym [...] also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging. They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex [report] illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors [...] [They] wonder if their service to their country and to Japan has left them doomed. [...] the number of plaintives has more than quadrupled [from the initial dozen] as more service members come forward with radiation-related illnesses, [attorney Charles Bonner] said. Nathan Piekutoski, 22, who served aboard the USS Essex [...]i says he suffered from leukemia [...] “Within a few months I started getting all these weird symptoms” [...] Plym says she is prepared to have her symptoms question in court [...] with so many U.S. sailors coming forward, she believes justice will prevail.
Military.com, Dec. 20, 2013: Charles Bonner, who represents 51 sailors who served aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during disaster relief operations after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, said he plans to amend and refile [...] in part to include another 25 to 50 service members. [...] His firm is also considering filing a separate suit involving contractors who were harmed in the incident, he said. [...] [The] ship remained in the area for almost a month [...]
UPI, Dec. 20, 2013: The lawsuit alleged the power company lied about how much radiation had leaked from the plant after it was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. The sailors said the Japanese government then used the figures released by Tepco and the U.S. Navy used those reports when calculating the safety of U.S. sailors in its relief effort. [...] The sailors are suffering from a number of alleged radiation-related health issues, including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors.