This free blog has been converted into a poor man's web site. Read it from top to bottom, then hit the link to the bottom of each page for Older Posts, and keep repeating this as you read on to the end of it.


This web site begins with a set of photographs that accurately display the kind of a US Army photographer I was on Okinawa, assigned to the 30th Artillery Brigade missile unit; and we had nuclear warheads on some of our 'birds'. After the photo series, there is a written piece about my childhood experiences growing up in a nuclear armed world. The rest of this site tells how my assignment to the 30th Arty Bgde was illegal and immoral and what my four decade long quest to prove this has been like, also what it all has done to me and how I have been struggling to be properly helped by the Veterans Administration.

My assignment to the 30th Arty Bgde was illegal because it broke numerous Army Rules and Regulations and immoral because the photo lab I worked in had been set up in a nuclear fallout emergency decontamination chamber and that meant the chamber could not be used in the prescribed manner. Had that decontamination chamber been needed in a nuclear war, the lack of its readiness could have caused millions of casualties in America because 30th Arty Bgde personnel who needed decontamination would not have remained alive and well long enough to perform their assigned tasks in helping the rest of the US Military defend those millions of Americans from enemy attack. That military madness made a mess out of my life. It nearly destroyed me.


Anonymous said...

I was assigned to HHB, 30th Arty (S4) from 8/68 - 7/70. The Bde potog
at that time was SP4 Swigert. There
was also a SSG but don't remember his name. Made many civilian trips with the S4, Maj Foster and the photog for lots of community service things. He supported cub/boy scouts on local economy.
Ate many meals with local famlies because of it. Learned to dred all the sake before ,during and after meals.

keith reeder said...

forgot my name

David Robert Crews said...

I replaced Swigert around the time you left Okinawa. There was also a PFC or Spec4 Medley working as a brigade photographer.

My first photo assignment was at the kids' scout camp, when a 2star general visited the summer camp.

I never knew any GI to like sake. There were stories of 3-day hangovers for GIs who got drunk on sake. I took 3 sips of sake, from 3 Okinawan dudes at Nakagusuku Castle, and that was enough.

You were on Okinawa at the peak of good times for GIs there. I have a website about the good times we GIs had:

And I have a set of Okinawa photos at:

What was your job there? And do you recall the photo lab in The Mole Hole? And do you have photos? Okinawa vets love seeing old photos of The Rock. If you scan and post any photos on the Internet, I'll spread word about them.