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November 12, 2007

Atomic Veteran

Atomic Veteran

Nearly 400,000 members of the U.S. military watched nuclear detonations after World War II. They were told that the radiation was minimal and that they were far enough away from the blasts so they wouldn't be harmed.

Bob Greenwald was one of those men. From April through July 1962, he was with a detachment of Marines on board the USS Princeton in the Pacific, south of Hawaii. He recalls what it was like to watch the first explosion...and then dozens more.

It wasn't until decades later that he discovered he and all the others had served as guinea pigs for the Department of Defense, which was studying the effects of atomic and nuclear weapons on humans.

Bob's experience came to The Story by way of his stepson, Rodger Rossman. Bob talks with Dick about why he's telling the story now. He's not angry he says, and his health is still fine, but he wants people to know that important military stories are not confined to wartime.

A Dream Deferred

When Diane Gallagher was 52 years old, she decided to fulfill her dream of volunteering for the Peace Corps. She was assigned to Cape Verde - a country she at first had difficulty finding on a map. Although she couldn't sew a button herself, she helped a group of poor women set up a successful sewing association. And even though her Portuguese was rudimentary, she made many friends - from the old water seller to the Cape Verdean pop star, Cesaria Evora.

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