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us at the train station and took us on a tour of London and then off to Bristol Bay for their convention on the 18th-20th. What a wonderful time we had with the British nuclear vets and their wives. Ocean front hotel! BNTVA provided that hotel experience to us at no expense to NAAV. You could look out the windows and see whales. My wife, Barb, said she could not see the spouts of the whales, and then she realized the sighting was of Wales, England. We all had a good laugh. Barb and I volunteer for the Oregon State Parks for whale watching, Whales Spoken Here event in December and again in March each Year. Before the convention closed Keith and I were made members of the BNTVA. We were also told that three of the French nuclear veterans, three trustees (board members) from the BNTVA, one from Australia and one from New Zealand would be attending our convention in Portland. The Marshall Islanders will also be here. NAAV is invited to attend the French Nuclear Veterans Convention in October. We will need some great support from our members to help with the convention in Portland, Oregon in September to be a great success. We are hoping a 6-7 Nation convention will make some great news and help us all in our Please send your donations to help support our NAAV convention in Portland OR. September 12thth to NAAV, 130 Cleveland St Lebanon, OR 97355-4505 Thank you Fred Schafer From the Desk of the Commander -We have just gotten home from a fabulous trip to Paris, France and London, England. Keith Kiefer and I met with the French nuclear veterans and invited them to attend our September 12th-15th convention. We saw many of the sites in Paris and enjoyed our time there. Then we were off by train from Paris to London. The Eco Star train is a two hour 268 mph trip. We thank NAAV for covering the airfare for Keith and me. We were able to cover our own and our wives expenses ourselves and while we had a wonderful time, sincerely hope that this trip begins a new era in international atomic veterans support and resources. Alan Owen, Chairman of the British Nuclear Test Vets, (BNTVA) and his wife met Members Publication of the National Association of Atomic & Nuclear Veterans NAA&NV NEWS JUNE 2018 2ND QUARTER


2 A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE COMMANDER I hope all of you have been having a great Spring/ Summer. There has been a whirlwind of activity since the last newsletter. We have continued to push Atomic Veteran legislation. Before leaving for Europe, at the eleventh hour we managed to get the Minnesota House alone Bill, for a vote on May 9, 2018, it passed unanimously 122 to 0. While I was in France, with the French Atomic Veterans on May 14th, I received notice that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Bill into law. Yeah!!! This Bill places July 16th, designated as Atomic Veterans Day on the Minnesota calendar in 2018 and every year hereafter. I was concerned we werent going to be able to make this happen since the legislative session ended May 21, 2018. If it had not happened by then, we would have to start all over again. We need to duplicate this in other States instead of Proclamations or Resolutions, which are generally only for one year. Back to Europe, we were picked up at the London train station by the BNTVA Chairman, Alan Owen and his delightful bride Mel. We were then treated to a tour of to the preparations for the Royal wedding. This was a blessing for us, not so much for the driver (Alan), in that we were able to slowly take in the beautiful architecture and other sights. After the tour we were transported to Weston Super Mare, U.K., the site of the BNTVA (British Nuclear Test Veterans Association) convention. This was a 144 plus mile cross country trip one way. We had a welcome not unlike that of the prodigal son. Every aspect of the convention was professional, yet not stuffy. Both Fred and myself were made Honorary BNTVA members, receiving a jacket with the BNTVA emblem containing the Queens crown. After the convention Alan and his bride (Mel) drove us cross country via Cheddar, Bath ( for those that are Jane Austin fans) and other sites to Heathrow airport ( again 144+ miles). Then they drove 200+ miles back west the opposite direction. What dedication they have for the cause. Working together with other Atomic Veteran BNTVA chairman ) was inspired by a patch he saw while attending our convention. This was the catalyst for their Medal Campaign logo. Alans presentation was the catalyst for a letter I wrote, on behalf of NAAV, to President Trump asking him to sign an Executive Order for an Atomic Veteran Service Medal on July 16th, 2018. (Please call 202-456-1111, email president@ whitehouse.go, and mail at; President Donald Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 Asking for the president to sign an Executive Order for an Atomic Veteran Service Medal on July 16th, 2018.) I plagiarized some of Alans presentation to make a more information BNTVA and AVEN ( the French Nuclear Veterans ) will share once their genetic/DNA studies are complete. These are just a few examples of how our organizations will be stronger through joint ventures and sharing. AVEN will be having their French Atomic Veteran Convention in October. They have asked we send a NAAV representative to the convention. At this time BNTVA also plans to attend. I have heard the President of Tahiti may attend the NAAV Convention. I have extended an invite to President Trump also. Please at the NAAV Convention, as well as, cash donations. We need these funds to offset expenses not covered by the Conference fees. Thank you in advance for your support in this effort. Have a Blessed Atomic Veterans Day (July 16th, 2018) and remember those Veterans and family members that have given so much to keep America free and protect other nations. Contact your State Commanders to determine what date, location and activities may be taking place. Minnesota will be having our activities on Sunday July 15th, 2018 (assuming a larger turn out than on Monday) from 10:30 AM to 5 PM at Veterans Lake in Ramsey, Minnesota 55303. Please RSVP the National Vice Commander so we can plan on having adequate food, drinks, cake available without a license. All Veterans and supporters welcome. War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.


3While we were in Europe, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith Introduced S2821 (formerly S283 introduced by Senator Al Franken, Minnesota). This is an administrative action since Senator Franken was replaced by Senator Smith. This action took from March 28 to May 2018. S2821 is the companion Bill to HR632, the Mark Takai Atomic Veteran Healthcare Parity Act. S2381 has 13 of the 100 Senators as authors or Cosponsors. Presently, Minnesota and Oregon are the only states with 100% support. HR632 has 233 of the 435 House members supporting the Bill. By the time you get this newsletter we will have 180 or less days to get these Bills passed. Please contact your Senators and Congressmen to cosponsor and pass these Bills. S197/HR2049 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017 has only picked up two Congressmen and No Senators since the last Newsletter. The two Congressmen are Janice Schakowsky (D IL-9) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D DC at Large). S1283/HR2754 Atomic Veteran Service Medal, despite the Bipartisan support and efforts of Congressman McGovern (D MA-2) and Congressman Emmer (R MN-6), have made no visible forward progress. Please see comments in the Vice Commanders message. HR4675 Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017 has passed the House however, no visible activity has been seen regarding a companion Bill being introduced in the Senate. Atomic Veterans Day please see the Vice Commanders comments. Please call, write and email your representatives, asking them to cosponsor/support these Bills. We cant do this alone. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2nd QUARTER 2018 NOTICE Members-If you are planning on attending the convention in Portland, OR, PLEASE CALL the Monarch Hotel ASAP. The rooms are going fast. Then Fill out this SIGN UP page and send to Gathering Plus or call them and signup. We have several from the British Nuclear Test Vets Association that are planning on being there. The French are planning on two members, the Marshal Islanders will be there and they will have their canoe on display. We have invited 5 different Nations to attend. We want this to be the best convention that we can plan and make National News. It is up to our members, you will make this a great convention. Hope to see many of you there. Fred Schafer NEW IN THE Q STORE You can now purchase NAA&NV Atomic Veteran thank you cards. These are available in sets of ten cards with envelopes for $10.00 including shipping and handing. Thank your family, friends or law makers for their support. If interested we could provide blank (inside) note cards. FRONT INSIDEVISITING BNTVA Thank You for your Support of Atomic Veterans! To the left is Keith Kiefer and his wife (our Vice Commander) and to the right is Fred Schafer and his wife at the British Convention -2018.


MARYLAND -Richard L. Goetsch 2611 Buckingham Road Ellicott City, MD 21042-3597 Phone: 410-465-7393 E-Mail: MASSACHUSETTS Holland, MA 01521 Phone: 413-245-7819 E-Mail: MICHIGAN -Robert H. Jackson 425 Everett Trail Hale, MI 48739-9199 Phone: 248-622-0055 E-Mail: MINNESOTA -James Hamann P.O. Box 172 Dayton, MN 55327-0172 Phone: 612-406-1041 E-Mail: No E-Mail Address MINNESOTA -Keith Kiefer 14944 295th Avenue NW Zimmerman MN 55398 Phone: 612-232-6596 E-Mail: MISSISSIPPI -George A. Blaydon 508 Dahaja Circle Clinton, MS 390564124 Phone: 601-924-0793 E-Mail: MISSOURI -Clayton B. Crosby P.O. Box 295 Carl Junction, MO 648340295 Phone: 417-649-6537 E-Mail: MONTANA -Peter H. Besas 5571 Chehalis Place Blaine, WA 98230-9563 Phone: 360-269-7051 E-Mail: NEBRASKA -Robert L. Ruyle 420 Steinway Road Lincoln, NE 68505-2564 Phone: 402-488-7927 E-Mail: NEVADA -Joe M. Martinez 472 Chalet Drive Mesquite, NV 89027 Phone: 702-884-5393 E-Mail: NEW HAMPSHIRE -Bernard F. Wynn 18 Colonia Square Peterborough, NH 03458 Phone: 603-784-5086 E-Mail: NEW JERSEY -David Paszamant 320 North 5th Avenue Highland Park, NJ 08904-2722 Phone: 732-985-4604 E-Mail: NEW MEXICO -Glen Dale Howard 7 Peach Blossom Road Los Lunas, NM Phone: 505-865-8138 E-Mail: NEW YORK -Ed A. Gettler 27 Entrance Way PO Box 11 Mahopac Falls, NY 10542-0110 Phone: 845-628-2338 E-Mail: NORTH CAROLINA -John C. Wills 132 Pebble Stone Court Willow Springs, NC 27592 Phone: 919-285-2789 E-Mail: NORTH DAKOTA -Fred L. Hartleib 503 12th Street N.W. Mandan, ND 58554-1921 Phone: 701-663-5854 E-Mail: OHIO -David J. Crawford 539 Primrose Lane Tipp, OH 45371 Phone: 937-669-0048 E-Mail: OKLAHOMA -Clifford R. Lewis 315 West Hurd Edmond, OK 73003 Phone: 405-341-6679 E-Mail: OREGON -Fred Schafer 130 Cleveland Street Lebanon, OR 97355-4505 Phone: 541-258-7453 E-Mail: PENNSYLVANIA -Anthony B. Marceca 2219 Dixie Drive York, PA 17042 Phone: 717-600-8668 E-Mail: anthonymarceca@eathlink.net4 NAA&NV STATE COMMANDERS ALABAMA -Ronald H. Holmes 11349 Woodbank Dr Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-9528 Phone: 205-758-6823 E-Mail: ALASKA -Terry T. Brady 3842 Wesleyan Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508-4821 Phone: 907-333-9462 E-Mail: ARIZONA -Apache Junction, AZ 85119-4514 Phone: 253-820-2840 E-Mail: ARKANSAS -Fayetteville, AR 72701 Phone: 479-879-8358 E-Mail: CALIFORNIA -Leo Bud Feurt 12709 Kaitz Street Paway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-748-7204 E-Mail: COLORADO -Beverly A. Gray 1754 45th Avenue Greeley, CO 80634-3281 Phone: 970-330-1057 E-Mail: CONNECTICUT -Holland, MA 01521-3011 Phone: 413-245-7819 E-Mail: DELAWARE -Richard L. Goetsch 2611 Buckingham Road Ellicott City, MD 21042-3597 Phone: 410-465-7393 E-Mail: FLORIDA -Thomas G. Botchie 41 Seabreeze Drive Ormond Beach, FL 32176 Phone: 843-607-3842 E-Mail: GEORGIA --Kenneth P. Price 495 Pinebrook Drive Valdosta, GA 31602 Phone: 912-381-6337 E-Mail: GUAM --Robert N. Celestial P.O. Box 7250 Tamuning, GU 96931 Phone: 671-688-7277 E-Mail: HAWAII -Robert A.Kilthau 1310 Haloa Drive Honolulu, HI 96818-1909 Phone: 808-422-6149 E-Mail: IDAHO -Bill H. Sills, III P.O. Box 219 Eastport, ID 83826-0219 Phone: 208-920-9068 E-Mail: ILLINOIS -William J. Fish 17362 Brook Crossing Cour Orland Park, IL 60467 Phone: 708-479-0193 E-Mail: INDIANA -William L. Brand 7641 South Harmony Road Bloomington, IN 47403 Phone: 812-824-7811 E-Mail: IOWA -Gilbert F. Amdahl 414 North 17th Ct Estherville, IA 51334 Phone: 712-362-5607 E-Mail: KANSAS -Dallas W. Brown 2600 North 155th Terrace Basehor, KS 66007 Phone: 816-807-3147 E-Mail: KENTUCKY -Raymond E. Wilder 38 Jordon Court Jamestown, KY 42639-2437 Phone: 270-566-4343 E-Mail: LOUISIANA -Paul C. Sparacino 4014 Indian Run Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70816-3572 Phone: 225-252-0537 E-Mail: MAINE --Roscoe C. Randall 214 Deering Ridge Road Shapleigh, ME 04075 Phone 207-636-3492 E-Mail: on Page 5


5STATE COMMANDERS ELECTION OF NAAV BOARD MEMBERS RHODE ISLAND Phone: 413-245-7819 E-Mail: SOUTH CAROLINA -Open SOUTH DAKOTA -Gerald A. Johnson 1051 West Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: 605-224-9533 E-Mail: TENNESSEE -Thomas W. Alesi, Sr. 18525 Horton Hwy Falls Branch, TN 37656 Phone: 423-276-9430 E-Mail: TEXAS Richardson, TX 75080 Phone: 972-690-5316 E-Mail: UTAH -Peter H. Besas 5571 Chehalis Place Blaine, WA 98230-9563 Phone: 360-269-7051 E-Mail: VERMONT Phone: 413-245-7819 E-Mail: VIRGINIA -Gillie Jenkins 10500 Dakins Drive E-Mail: WASHINGTON -Peter H. Besas 5571 Chehalis Place Blaine, WA 98230-9563 Phone: 360-2691-705 E-Mail: WEST VIRGINA -Haskell Watts, Jr. 216 2nd Avenue Logan, West Virginia 25601 Phone: 304-752-5552 E-Mail: WISCONSIN -Jerome W. Gehl N406 Cty. Rd. CG Kaukauna, WI 54130-8868 Phone: 920-766-3941 E-Mail: WYOMING -Robert L Ruyle 420 Steinway Road Lincoln, NE 68505-2564 Phone: 402-488-7927NEED HELP? --Continued from Page 4Kathleen Barber is with the DOJ and will help any and all with the forms for the $75,000. She can dig out some records for Vets. Call and leave a message. She will help. 1-202-514-0979. In September 2018 at the convention we will have 4 board members that are up for re-election. Anyone that plans to be at convention can throw their hat in the ring. You must have a phone and e-mail address. This is so we can conduct NAAV business over the internet. Board members that want to be on the ballot for the board must let us know their intent. This is a 4 year assignment. Watts have terms ending in September. The State commanders that are planning on being at convention must let us know and they will be on the nominating committee. Can you identify any of these men? His daughter says her late father, Richard William West from Missouri, is in the bottom row middle. She believes it was taken at Camp Desert Rock in 1952 at Operation Tumbler/ Snapper. She is guessing that it was at either Able, Baker, or Charlie. If you can identify any of these men in this 4th Army Unit or know which operation(s) they took part in. Contact Keith Kiefer at or 612 232 6596.Atomic Veterans Daughter NEEDS HELP! MOTEL ROOMS GOING FAST Gentlemen, the rooms are going fast and if you call and they are full let me know as I have set up room in a hotel a block away with shuttle service, just in case. My number is on the letter but its 541-258-7453. So if you havet made your reservation I suggest you do so as quickly as possible.


6 WORLD WAR II MEMORIES GROUND ZERO Berger remembered seeing miles and miles of rubble at best with a few stories still standing around an elevator shaft. The experience of seeing the devastation didnt appear to over traumatize him or cause him to linger too long on the deep philosophical issues raised by the use of the bomb. I really didnt give it any thought. As a 19-year old kid, he explained, he didnt have a lot of interest at the time in sightseeing the burned out I wanted to get the hell out of the Navy and go home! he said. While a lot of the photos show his pals joking around in clubs posing with lady friends, other photos show glimpses of the grim realities of war: like the photo of the severed head of a Japanese soldier -with his helmet still on his head. posing in front of the rubble of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His ship, the Appalachian, did see combat during the war in the Marshall Island, the Marianas and landing at Guam, Leyte, Luzon and Lingayen Gulf. Berger was paart of the crew who manned twobarreled 40-millimater guns and shot at his share of Clem and his wife Valerie now live in Snohomish. Washington. Clem Berger was born and raised in North Dakota. Back in 1942 when he enlisted at Mandan, N.D. he originally wanted to join the Marines, but a couple of his buddies talked him out of it. These two buddies talked me into joining the Navy and Im glad -the Marines had a hell of a time. Since he was not yet 18, Bergers parents had to sign for him in order to enlist. He did his basic training at Farragut Naval base, near Sandpoint, Idaho, and was later assigned to the Appalachian. After 73 years, looking through Clem Bergers old scrapbook still brings back vivid memories and chilling detail of when he visited the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan shortly after atomic bombs had destroyed the cities. His scrapbook, which his friend Frank Cappa of Pennshlvania put together for him, still contains many photos of his fellow Navy seamen. Berger, now 92, formally of Enterprise, had served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Appalachian, or The Apple, as it was affectionately known to its crew. On November 1, 1945, the Apple harbored at Kure Harbor and some of the crew went ashore to see the aftermath of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Eight days later, the ship anchored at Nagasaki where some of the crew went ashore to see the aftermath of the second atomic bombing at Nagasaki. I dont remember how long we were there. Berger explained. While he cant remember whether it was Hiroshima or Nagasoki or both he does remember a few details. It was disintegrated. he said. USS Appalacian AGC-1


7 Sam S. Bellestri.........................Monroe, MIBill F. Vorwald.................Union Grove, WI Dennis T. Osterbuhr.........................Minden, NE Sidney R. Evans......................Picayune, MSLyle W. Funge....................Sioux Falls, SDJohn Primiano.........................Danville, VAThomas L. Bair...........................Joplin, MO TAPS Thanks to David England & David J. Crawford Ohio State Commanders and Representative Tim Schaffer a Bill declaring July 16th National Atomic Veterans Day has passed the Ohio House with a unanimous vote of 88 to 0. In February 2018 Representative Schaffer, NAAV members, David England, David J. Crawford and Keith Kiefer all provided testimony in favor of this Bill.In Ohio, Representative Schaffers Press Release he stated: Pickerington American Legion former commander, David England, brought the issue to Schaffers attention on Memorial Day last year. I am so pleased that my colleagues in the House agree that of our nation and for peace throughout the world will And thank you to David England of the Pickerington American Legion for his action on this issue, bringing it to me and appearing at the Statehouse to offer his testimony of support. This legislation is now on its was to the Ohio State Senate for consideration.OHIO IS ON ITS WAY TO GET ATOMIC VETERANS DAY PASSED REGISTER FOR 2018 NAAV CONVENTION ONLINE JUNE 2018 ISSUE of AMERICAN LEGION RECOGNIZES NAAV American Legion Magazine June issue featured part one of a three part series on Exposure Wars. The article was noted on the Magazine front cover, NAAV National Commander and the Vice Commander were both quoted in the article. This article was well received and has generated nation wide recognition. Both Fred and Keith have been receiving multiple calls daily as a result of the article. The article content can be seen here: accountability If you havent regestered for the coming NAAV Convention in Portland you can do so online! You need to go to gathering and go to NAAV. the pass word is NAANV all capitals. Look forward to seeing you there! Former VA Secretary Shulkin recommended adding four conditions (bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson-like tremors and hypertension) to the VA list of fourteen illnesses presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides. Congressman Waltz, Ranking Member of the House VA Committee of Management and Budget. He wants to ensure these recommendations are acted upon.GOOD NEWS FOR FELLOW TOXIC EXPOSURE VETERANS NEW COIN TO BE MINTED IN 2019 A law was passed (PL-115-65) to mint a US legal tender coin Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion to pay tribute to the years of promoting the importance of and caring for those who served in uniform.


8 NAA&NV 130 Cleveland Street Lebanon, OR 97355-4505 NON PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 35 Lincoln, NE 68505-2141 IF UNDELIVERED PLEASE RETURN TO THE ADDRESS ABOVE! Change of Address, Membership or Renewal... Write or E-MailNational Commander NAA&NV Fred Schafer Cleveland Street Lebanon, OR 97355-4505 Phone: 541-258-7453 E-Mail: Published quarterly by the NAA&NVDeadlines are the 1st of every 3rd month and any material submitted after that time may be delayed until next issue. All submissions are to be e-mailed to or mailed to Robert L. Ruyle 420 Steinway Road Lincoln, NE 68505-2564. All photos must be sent in JPEG format preferably at 300dpi or mail us an original and we will copy it and get it back to you. NAA&NV BOARD MEMBERS NATIONAL COMMANDER Fred Schafer 130 Cleveland Street Lebanon, OR 97355-4505 Phone: 541-258-7453 E-Mail: NATIONAL VICE COMMANDER Keith Kiefer 14944 295th Avenue NW Zimmerman MN 55398 Phone: 612-232-6596 E-Mail: SECRETARY NEWSLETTER (EDITOR/PUBLISHER) Robert L. Ruyle 420 Steinway Road Lincoln, NE 68505-2564 Phone 402-488-7927 E-Mail: TREASURER Frank Farmer 32255 Hidden Valley Road Lebanon, OR 97355 Phone: 5410259-1559 E-Mail: DIRECTOR OF STATE COMMANDERS Gillie Jenkins 10500 Dakins Drive E-Mail: DIRECTOR AT LARGE Bob Pfeifer 61374 Stardrift Lane Bend, OR 97702-2051 Phone: 541-330-1134 E-Mail: DIRECTOR AT LARGE NAAV HISTORIAN Haskel Watts Jr. 216 2nd Avenue Logan, WV 25601 Phone: 304-752-5552 E-Mail: DIRECTOR AT LARGE Lincoln Grahlfs 333 W. Main Street Apt. 104 Madison, WI 53793 Phone: 608-230-5870