Dutch Troops Moved Belatedly from Same Contaminated Area
When Dutch troops arrived in the same army base in Samawah that the DU contaminated US soldiers had been staying in, they measured unacceptably high levels of radioactivity. Sgt. Juan Vega, senior medic with the US 442nd, told the New York-based Daily News the Dutch swept the area around the train depot with Geiger counters and their medics confided to [me] they had found high radiation levels. The Dutch were ordered instead to pitch camp in the desert. Yet troop transfer from the area was delayed by three weeks, while the new camp was under construction leading to unnecessary exposure to DU for Dutch troops.
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