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  1. Approximately 30,000 sailors were present at the center on any given time during this period.

  2. The individuals who participated in the NRL experiments can be found on the muster rolls with their full names and military service numbers.

  3. There is no record on the muster rolls of any of these NRL test participants having transferred to the NRL for temporary duty. For example, I found the following entries of activities from a particular veteran's personnel records and the muster rolls.




Muster Roll


Received by the Bainbridge Training Center

Muster Roll


Change of rating from Apprentice Seaman to Seaman 2nd Class

3" x 5" Card & Personnel Records

4-2845 to 6-23-45

Temporary assignment to NRL

3" x 5" Card

6-4-45 to 6-1145


3" x 5" Card


Participated in Experiment #107 at NRL

Muster Roll


Transferred to Navy Training Station, Norfolk, VA

  1. The muster rolls did not indicate that the veteran was transferred to the NRL for the period from April 28 to June 23, 1945.

  2. Consequently, for those veterans with common last names (e.g. Adams, Jones, Smith, Williams), numerous personnel records have to be reviewed at the National Personnel Records Center to identify the individuals who actually participated in the experiment.

II. U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service Test Participants

On July 20, 1992, Mr. Don Hackenson, Director, US Army and Joint Services Environmental Support Group, Mr. Larry Stockmoe of my staff and I visited the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. Three of us reviewed volumes of documents, both classified and unclassified. Most of the documents deal with technical aspects of mustard gas experiments, the status of projects and progress reports of different projects. None of the documents contained names of individuals who participated in the tests. However, in reviewing the documents we came across some names of military units which were subject to field tests. These unit names and times of testing are as follow:

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