TI-Film-1951 The Navy purposely contaminated San Francisco with a biological disease to prove it can happen.

Film of the Navy purposely contaminating 43 square miles of San Francisco with Serratia marcescens in 1950 and in color, at 2:25 “Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare” Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1952), Department of Defense Film Production, National Archives and Records Administration Catalogue # 428.MN.9170A, Declassified NND Authority # 64044

Contamination Zone of the Biological Warfare demonstration of 1950 when the Army using the Mine layer from Treasure Island purposely contaminated San Francisco with Serratia marcescens which at the time was considered harmless because they tested it on 18 year old recruits in full health but this test placed 11 people into the hospital and killed one of them. The disease is now a problem in hospitals as it can withstand cleaning.
Minelayer out of Treasure Island spraying a Biological Agent off the coast of San Francisco to infect the city in 1950.

They started this type of live training in 1949, This film is of a test from 1950. The hearings were not until 1977. How long did this continue? The Army was funding this test but it was the Navy that carried it out. Part of the Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare Defense courses at Treasure Island. This constant testing caused an incident in 1950 whereby 11 people in San Francisco were infected by a bacterium that produced a pneumonia that cost a man his life. Senator Edward Kennedy was very upset about this in a 1977 hearing and chewed out the Army official who told the committee about the problem.

NIH report on Serratia infections which shows that it’s a serious problem today, it was not “safe” like they thought it was in 1950 and is the cause of hospital infections to this day.

You may be asking why San Francisco? The Navy’s Biological Warfare Laboratory was at the Oakland Naval Supply Center where they experimented on flu, pneumonia, smallpox and polio viruses. It started out on the campus of the University of California Berkeley. The Oakland Supply Center was closed in the base closing in the 1990s. Continue reading “TI-Film-1951 The Navy purposely contaminated San Francisco with a biological disease to prove it can happen.”

1953- Biological Warfare Training Manual at Treasure Island, San Francisco CA

Navy Reports that indicate the Biological Warfare training was concurrent with the Radiological Warfare Decontamination Training at Treasure Island. This constant testing caused an incident whereby 11 people were infected by a bacterium that produced a pneumonia that cost a man his life. Senator Edward Kennedy was very upset about this in a 1977 hearing and chewed out the Army official who told the committee about the problem. Link to the San Francisco test in the hearing
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Human Resources. Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research. Biological Testing Involving Human Subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977: Hearings Before the Subcommittee On Health And Scientific Research of the Committee On Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, First Session … March 8 And May 23, 1977. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1977. Continue reading “1953- Biological Warfare Training Manual at Treasure Island, San Francisco CA”

TI-1953 the Navy sells the contents of the burning dump used to train Atomic, Biological and Chemical warfare for war surplus.

“Oakland made a silk purse”, United States. Navy. Supply Corps. (1965). Monthly newsletter. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Dept.. pp 8-9, 43; may 1954 vol XVII No. 5
https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112106758052?urlappend=%3Bseq=194

THEY say you “can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” but a small and little-publicized component of NSC Oakland earned nearly $3,000,000 for Mr. and Mrs. American Taxpayer last year by selling excess, obsolete and worn-out Navy equipment. Under a program called “Operation Clean Sweep* the Oakland center will more than double that amount in 1954, according to RADM T. Earle Hipp, SC, USN, commanding officer. Continue reading “TI-1953 the Navy sells the contents of the burning dump used to train Atomic, Biological and Chemical warfare for war surplus.”

TI-Course in Special Weapons, Isotopes and Military Medicine, March 1953

Course in Special Weapons, Isotopes and Military Medicine

The second course in Special Weapons, Isotopes and Military Medicine for the benefit of medical department officers residing in the 11th, 12th, and 13th Naval Districts is scheduled to convene at the U. S. Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, 2 March 1953, and continue through Friday, 6 March 1953. Continue reading “TI-Course in Special Weapons, Isotopes and Military Medicine, March 1953”