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1946 Chemical Warfare Training and Radium Plaque Adaptometer course Schedules at Treasure Island and the Navy

Naval Training Bulletin 1946-47
This article will list the courses published in the Naval Training Bulletin for Chemical Warfare and Radium Plaque Adaptometer at Treasure Island Navy Base, which is also the 12th Naval Naval District Command and Naval Schools Command. I will present Treasure Island first and then the rest of the Navy so you can see which Districts specialized in this training over time.

The Radium Plaque Adaptometer was a device where a radium source was placed within 10 inches of the eyes in order to test the ability of the sailor to see at night. Radium causes phosphur to illuminate at very dim levels that cannot be replicated with light bulbs. They conducted this test on all Navy personnel from 1944 to 1951 thus exposing them to intense radiation.

Treasure Island February 15, 1946: Chemical Warfare and Radium Plaque Adaptometer

Naval Training Bulletin 15 Feb 1946

Boston – Chemical Warfare School – Feb 1946

Brooklyn – Chemical Warfare and Radium Plaque Adaptometer – Feb 1946

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ALL NAVY PERSONNEL Exposed to Radium for EYE TESTS 1944-1951

The Navy wanted to test for night vision, so they used a device called the Radium Plaque Adaptometer that used a slab of radium as the light source and exposed all Navy Personnel to this device directed at their eyes and head every 6 months from 1944 to 1951. It was placed 5 feet from their heads and they were to stare at the radiological object to conduct the test. they also were exposed by sitting in the room awaiting their turns to take the test. The Army continued to use this thing in the 1970s.

The device was issued to all ships and all bases and all Naval Hospitals and they were built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard so that area which is currently being developed for real estate was a radium manufacturing facility for the entire Navy.

Treasure Island got 10 of them in 1944 as shown in the orders below. 59.4 Rems/yr. of Radium waste were found on Treasure Island in 2018 exposing the people living on site 12 to deadly levels of radiation since the early 1960s. And to this day the city of San Francisco refuses to evacuate the people!

In 2014 the NAVY denied that this device was used on Treasure Island:

Final
Historical Radiological Assessment –
Supplemental Technical Memorandum
Naval Station Treasure Island
San Francisco, California
July 1, 2014.
p. 6

They purposely exposed all Navy Personnel worldwide on every ship, every base, every hospital to this device aimed at the eyes and head from 1944 to 1951 . Here are the orders that assigned 10 of them to TI in 1944 and removed them in 1951:

https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015072851952

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