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#1 Thor996

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

Growing up, I used to love hearing my late uncle, Joseph A Pallante talk about his days in the US Navy aboard the USS Benner DD-807.  Especially when he would talk about his days aboard her during his trip to Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. There, in 1958 he participated in "Operation Hardtack I"— a 35-detonation series of atmospheric nuclear tests designed to evaluate new types of weapons, the effects of high-altitude explosions, and the new Polaris missile warhead prototype. Benner's assignments during these tests included weather observations, search and rescue, and scientific equipment recovery.

 

Here are some his personal items from those days- Neptune Certificate, Domain of the Golden Dragon, and Certificate of participation - citation will be posted later-if anyone knows who the folks who signed the certificate were, please feel free to post.  

 

 

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:58 PM

Domain of Neptunus Rex

 

[ A careless relative damaged these certificates when they removed them from the frames to send them to me after his passing]

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:58 PM

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:59 PM

Certificate of Participation Operation Hardtack

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:02 PM

Certificate of Participation Operation Hardtack

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:02 PM

Certificate of Participation Operation Hardtack

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:03 PM

Certificate of Participation Operation Hardtack

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

Interesting.Thanks for posting!



#9 Thor996

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:51 PM

Thank you :)



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 03:36 PM

btt for veterans day in memory of my late uncle and all the other Atomic Veterans out there both living and deceased.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 09:07 PM

Neat grouping- thanks for displaying it.

 

I don't know if you have this already or not, but the Defense Nuclear Agency report on Hardtack I is unclassified and available online.

 

The link opens a pdf of the "Operation Hardtack I, 1958" report:

 

http://www.dtic.mil/.../u2/a136819.pdf



#12 Thor996

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 04:49 AM

did not know this, thank you -dave 



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 05:19 PM

just like to add this picture of my Uncle Joe to this thread-this is him in his later years.......

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 06:34 PM

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American Heroes Channel posted this today, and for that reason I BTT this post in remembrance of all the veterans who participated.



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 10:57 PM

Nice group and tribute.

Thanks for sharing

#16 Thor996

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:46 AM

Thanks Ron, yesterday marked 5 years since he passed- I had completely forgotten-til I woke up this am and realized it. My unk had some great stories about his time in Eniwetok and aboard the Benner. 



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 03:59 PM

btt for veterans day in memory of my late uncle and all the other Atomic Veterans out there both living and deceased.




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