Anyone stationed at Ft. Greely?
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#1 Oct 10, 2006
Need to pick your brain on what it's like to live on base.
#2 Nov 8, 2007
We loved living at Ft. Greely, we were there in 89 to 92. We met great people there and Delta Junction is great! When are you going?
#3 Nov 6, 2011
I was there at Allan field, 1958 1959.
Had quonset hts at the field. Good duty
#4 May 13, 2012
Ft Greely was not too bad. Just that it is so far from everything. Base housing was rather comfortable considering the weather, which was downright deadly! Besides all the it was a beautiful experience.
#5 Jan 30, 2013
I was station at Greely from December 66 to December 68. I used to work right across the Reactor. We were never told that the reactor leak in 67. Housing was nice and warm during the winter.
We didn't mind the driving to Fairbanks
#6 Dec 11, 2013
I was stationed at Fort Greeley Alaska from 1966 to 1968 I believe. While stationed there the reactor cracked and they dug a ditch from reactor building to Jarvis creek and let the water flow . They put up signs like wet floor but said radiative. I was also sent to the Gerstle river test site during Elk Hunt and or one of the test that killed all the animals in a 60 mile radius or so.When I arrived at the Gerstle river site I was met at the woods edge by a soldier dress in gas mask and chemical suit. I told him some one called me down for a vehicle that wouldn't start. I asked if it was ok for me to go down to the site he said no problem. i asked what was going on and he said some kind of test. So I asked again if it was alright for me to go down in. I went down in and found the vehicle and found out it just needed to be pushed up into park a little harder and it started up.I noticed when I was there there were more soldiers walking side by side up over the hill looking for something. So any way I left. On my way back to base i blacked out twice once shortly after leaving the sit and one more time after getting to Delta . If it wasn't for the tank trils I don't know what would of happened. I woke up and there was snow on the ground. There was no snow when I left the site. I thought i just dosed off. But again while heading to base I went out again and off the road and into the tank trail. They have deep ruts so the truck just kind of goes by its self. Again just before Greeley I woke again maybe bump ot truck stopped not sure.I went to base and went to bed. Sometime during the night I had severe cramps and went to the bathroom. That didn't help I broke out into a cold sweat . i went to the medics . I was sitting there when they called me back. I think I started to black out again and they grabbed me. I had projectile vomiting . it went about 15 feet. After that I don't remember. I woke up in a bed with the cover over my head. I pushed it off and scared the heck out of the nurse in the room. She told me I was suppose to be dead and she was getting things ready to send me to Fort Wainwright for autopsy. She said some thing about my temperature being so low they thought I was dead. The doctors came in and checked me out and sent me back to duty. Until this day I still black out. I have neuropathy. a heart attack .chronic pain thought my body and chronic fatigue. When I was 29 I felt like i was in my sixties.I had aches and pains all over my body. I have arthritis in all my joints. Cyst in my kidneys and in my spine. i have 17 stents and about 28 kidney stones. I have to take double dose of plavix and can not stop it to get my stones blasted. I for got to say that a friend and I followed the ditch to Jarvis creek and of course being 17 and not knowing any better we put our hands in the water to see if it felt any different. It didn't but for about twenty years after we formed water blisters on our hands and that would pop and then the skin would dry out and crack down to the flesh and hurt like hell . Could hardly use hands unless I put lotion or bag balm on or some stuff the Army gave me to get them flexible again.I would sleep with glove on to help keep the moisture in so I could use my hands the next day. I now take 50 some pills a day to get me though all that is going wrong with me. Now they say I have early onset of Parkinson. Life is not getting any easier. I filed for war related injuries and illnesses but have been turned down. I was wondering if you have any other people like me that have responded . I lived work and slept with in 100 yards of the power plant. I installed the Generator to replace the power plant. I just unloaded it from the truck. I also handled all the munitions by moving them from bunker to bunker. I can assume the only reason for that was due to the Gerstle river incident. to keep ahead of the inspectors
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