American Servicemen Used As
Guinea Pigs - Tests Revealed
DOD Releases Project SHAD Fact Sheets
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Project SHAD
Project SHAD, an acronym for Shipboard Hazard and Defense, was part of the joint service chemical and biological warfare test program conducted during the 1960s. Project SHAD encompassed tests designed to identify US warships' vulnerabilities to attacks with chemical or biological warfare agents and to develop procedures to respond to such attacks while maintaining a war-fighting capability. Although classified, the Department of Defense has been actively pursuing declassification of relevant medical information. To date twelve SHAD projects have been evaluated and released for your review. The Department of Defense continues to search and declassify documents associated with this project, and will post additional information as it becomes available.
American Servicemen used as Guinea Pigs (Last update) June 27, 2002
"Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense" (SHAD), was a program started in the early 1960's, to learn the vulnerabilities of US warships, during chemical or biological warfare attacks. Under "Project SHAD" were 113 different "Operations" or tests.
US Naval crews and Marine personnel were sprayed with various biological and chemical germ warfare agents, and simulants. Some ships, and Marine personnel were sprayed from overflying aircraft, while other tests on ships were being sprayed by aircraft carriers, which were upwind. While some high ranking personnel may have had knowledge of what was happening, most of the ships crews did not.
Project SHAD was controlled by The US Army Deseret Test Center, later to be known as Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. For over 35 years, The Department of Defense said, "there was NO Project SHAD".
Today the DoD admits that it tested the deadly nerve agent Sarin, known as VX, or biological toxins on American Servicemen, but said the information was "classified".
Lately the DoD agreed to declassify all of the 113 "Operations" and inform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of the findings. Presently 12 of the 113 have been declassified, although the information being released is very limited.
The Department of Defense is not releasing ALL the information needed by the Veteran, which would allow him to apply for treatment in a VA facility and to file a claim for service connected disability compensation.
Only about 600 veterans of the estimated tens of thousands of those exposed to warfare agents have been notified they could be suffering from related dangerous health effects, according to VA and Pentagon officials.
A study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs completed in September of 2001, but never released to the public or the affected veterans, suggests that Veterans, who participated in "Project SHAD", may be at increased risk for cerebrovascular diseases and respiratory diseases. That they are three (3) times more likely to die of respiratory and vascular brain diseases than the general population.
Steve Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resources Center, said: "These veterans could be dying at a rate three times greater than the general population from diseases that could be related to their military service."
"We have a moral responsibility to set the record straight and that seems to be a problem for both the leaders in the Department of Defense, and the entrenched bureaucrats of the Department of Veterans Affairs."
Agents and decontaminants used, different ones in different tests are: Bacillus globigii (BG), Coxiella burnetii, Pasteurella tularensis, Zinc Cadmium Sulfide,
Beta-propriolactone, Sarin, VX, Escherichia Coli (EC), Serratia Marcescens (SM), Sodium Hydroxide, Peracetic acid, Potassium hydroxide, Sodium hypochlorite, "tracer amounts" of radioactivity and asbestos, Methylacetoacetate.
Senator Bill Nelson (D) of Florida, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Rep. Mike Thompson (D) of California plan to introduce legislation in their respective chambers next week, urging the Pentagon to reveal more information about the tests, known as "Project SHAD". Eleven other members of Congress have signed the request from Thompson. They have attached a provision on to Senate bill, S-2514, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, to fund the declassification of Project SHAD.
The President has vowed to veto the bill. The tests involved substances that the military believed at the time to be harmless. But evidence now shows that some could be harmful.
The Secretary of veterans affairs, Anthony Principi, urged Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to declassify more of the tests "as quickly as possible".
Anyone that believes they were part of the SHAD tests, should contact:
Vietnam Veterans of America 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 301-585-4000, Fax 301-585-0519, 1-800-VVA-1316
The SHAD helpline is at 1-800-749-8387 or contact VA by e-mail at
All known SHAD operations, dates of operations, the agents sprayed, and the ships and Marine personnel involved, in no particular order, are:
Operation Dates, Agent Sprayed and Ships involved:
'Copper Head' Jan 24-Feb 25, 1965
Bacillus globigii
Zinc Cadmium Sulfide
(FP-fluorescent particle)
* USS Power
'Shady Grove' Jan 22-Apr. 9, 1965
Bacillus globigii,
Coxiella burnetii (OU),
Staphylococcal enterotoxin
(Type B _PG2)
Uranine dye (sodium fluorescein)
* USS Granville S.Hall
'Autumn Gold' May 3-31-1963
Bacillus globiggi (BG)
* USS Navarro (LPA-215)
* USS Tioga County (LST-1158)
* USS Carpenter
* USS Hoel (DDG13)
* USS Granville S. Hall (Yag-40)
* Marine Air group 13, First Marine Brigade
'Purple Sage'
Jan & Feb 1966
* USS Herbert J. Thomas (DD-833)
'Eager Belle I' Jan-Mar 1963
Bacillus globiggi (BG)
* USS George Eastman (yag39)
'Eager Belle II' Feb-Mar 1963
Bacillus globiggi (BG)
* USS George Eastman (yag39)
* USS Granville S. Hall (yag40)
* USS Carpenter (DD-825)
* USS Navarro (LPA-215)
* USS Tioga County(LST-1158)
'Scarlet Sage' Feb 9,1966-Mar 4, 1966
Bacillus globiggi (BG)
* USS Herbert J. Thomas (DD-833)
(Army tugs manned by naval personnel)
An article at LT-2080, LT-2081, LT-2085
source1.htm, lists the following agents as being used: LT-2086, LT-2087,
Tularamia, anthrax, parrot fever, Q fever, botulism, and Rocky Mountain
spotted fever.
'Fearless Johnny' Aug-Sep 1965
VX nerve agent Diethylphthlate
* USS George Eastman (yag-39),
* USS Granville S. Hall (yag-40)
* Two light tugs (not identified)
* VC-1 Utility squadron One,
* Blue Aiis Squadron (Blue Warriors)
* Patrol Squadron Six (PATRON SIX)
* Flight Wing Two,
* Covered lighter (barge) YFN-811
* US Navy Tug, ATF-105
'Flower Drum I' Feb-Apr
Sarin nerve agent
* USS George Eastman (yag-39),
Aug-Sep 1964
Sulphur dioxide, Methylacetoacetate
* USS Granville S. Hall (yag-40)
'Flower Drum II' Nov & Dec 1964
VX nerve gas
* US Navy Barge YFN-811
Phosphorous 32
* US Navy Tug, ATF-105
Bis (2 ethyl-hexyl)
hydrogen phosphite
DTC Test 69-32
Apr 30-Jun 28, 1969
* USS Granville S. Hall (yag-40),
Marcensen, Escherichia coli, Five Army light tugs, (manned
Bacillus subtilis var. by naval personnel). niger (BG),
DTC Test 68-50 Sep-Oct 1968
Bacillus globiggi (BG)
* USS Granville S. Hall (YAG-40)
Staphylococcal enterotoxin,
Type B (PG2),
Uranine dye (sodium fluorescein).
used on:
* 4533rd Tactical Test Squadron
* 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing (F-4E aircraft)
* Marine Air Group 13, First Marine Brigade
'Half Note'
'Red Beva'
'Night Train'
'Big Tom'
101 Others to come (Hopefully).
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