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"Radiation in those days was an unknown factor. It was all experimental. Everything we did was experimental." (Video interview, 12:08)

   Robert Martin Campbell, Jr.
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Robert Campbell [detail from video]
War: Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Navy
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment; USS Norton Sound (AVM 1); USS Wilhoite (DER 397)
Service Location: San Diego, San Francisco, and Camp Pendleton, California; Pacific Theater; Korea; Corpus Christi, Texas; San Nicolas Island; Enewetak Atoll
Rank: Hospital Corpsman First Class
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Growing up as the son of a U.S. Navy Pharmacist's Mate, the transition to military life came easily to Hospital Corpsman First Class Robert Campbell. Enlisting in 1948, his career in the Navy took him around the world and through a vast array of experiences, deployments, trainings, and conflicts. Beginning his service in the surgical ward at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, he went on to become involved with atomic testing in the Pacific; following that, he was sent to Korea in 1954. Later, he would take on such jobs as working in the dispensary and pharmacy in various locales, training as an x-ray technician, and serving aboard the USS Wilhoite, stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines, during the Vietnam War. Now retired, he advocates for veterans exposed to radiation during their time in their service.

Interview (Video)
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Working with the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory; raising animals for use in atomic testing; serving aboard the USS Warwick; duty in the South Pacific. (05:22) Exposure to radiation during atomic testing. (03:42) Transfer to Korea; stationed near the DMZ; helping to set up a MASH unit. (02:55)
Service aboard USS Wilhoite during the Vietnam War; stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines. (03:60)  

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