Why a bomb test in the Aleutians still strikes fear in workers 46 years later

The atmosphere was mellow in the union hall of Laborers' Local 341 on Wednesday, especially considering that people had gathered because their government carelessly exposed them to radiation.

Some shared news of their cancers. Some told about fathers and husbands who had already died of theirs. Others worried they could be next.

"Knock on wood," said Tim Middleton, who worked on Amchitka Island in 1967.

From 1965 to 1971, the United States exploded three nuclear warheads under the island,...

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