My father’s Operation Ivy Certificate from the U.S Navy
The certificate in my special Veteran’s Day masthead above belonged to my father, who is an Atomic Veteran. Learn more about Atomic Veterans and Operation Ivy, which my dad participated in during the fall of 1952.
My father was very proud of this certificate, which I had framed several years ago to remind me of my father’s sacrifice for our country. He often told us about his exposure to radiation during these tests. He was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. He loved the sea, but was always sad when he talked about those tests and possible effects of radiation.
Studies show that Navy personnel who participated in atomic bomb tests after World War II have a higher death rate than other sailors. Exposure to these tests have been linked to diseases like my dad suffers from including Alzheimer’s and Pick’s Disease. Some sailors have received reparations, but not my dad.
P.S. The painting of the sailor and Jesus is my father. He had this painting on silk done when he was just 17-years-old. My dad crushed the serpent with his heel many times for me.
Happy Veteran’s Day, Dad!
P.S. Special thanks to my husband Robert for digging this certificate out of the trash the day we all met to pack up my dad’s stuff and take him to the nursing home. I’d forgotten about that until I showed him this masthead and he reminded me of his heroic effort! Robert is a history buff and knew about Operation Ivy and the significance of these atomic tests and atomic veterans. Thanks, Rob.