|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1947|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1991|
On 18 July 1947, Elmer Allen's left leg, injured in a fall from a train, was injected with plutonium as part of America's human radiation experiments, which began in 1943. Three days later, his leg was amputated in Ward B of the University of California Hospital in San Francisco.
Such was the birth of "CAL-3," Elmer's project code name, and the death of the Elmer Allen known to his friends and family.
His participation in the project, and that of many others, was brought to light through the stoic efforts of Eileen Welsome, a reporter with the Albuquerque Tribune, whose story "The Plutonium Files," published in a 3-part series in 1993, documented the project. It was published in book form in 2000.
Each participant received potentially lethal injections of plutonium from the government and, until recently, nothing more - never any disability, never an admission of responsibility, not even an apology. Of the 18 unwitting Americans injected between 1943 and 1947, all but one experienced slow, painful deaths.
Eric Alterman wrote an article for The Nation, published on Friday, 11 February 2000, about Eileen Wilsome and America's human guinea pigs. It's title was The Plutonium Files.
Cal-3 died in 1991 knowing nothing of his role in the experiments.
One of America's human nuclear "guinea pigs"
Plot: Section 7 Square Park
Created by: Patricia Kemper
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
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