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Sun Jan 22, 2012, 08:10 AM Jan 2012

Documentary examines how toxic water at the nationís largest Marine base damaged lives

This 2007 photo shows some of the older base housing at Midway Park neighborhood at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Documentary examines how toxic water at the nation’s largest Marine base damaged lives
By Darryl Fears, Published: January 21

Mike Partain didn’t believe the rumors about a place called Baby Heaven until he visited a Jacksonville, N.C., graveyard and wandered into a section where newborns were laid to rest.

Surrounded by hundreds of tiny marble headstones, he started to cry. A documentary film crew that followed him for a story about water contamination at Camp Lejeune heard his whimpers through a microphone clipped to his clothes. The crew dashed from another part of the graveyard and found him asking, “Why them and not me?”

The scene at Jacksonville City Cemetery is among the more poignant moments in the documentary “Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” about the men, women and children affected over three decades by contaminated water at the nation’s largest Marine base. The film made the short list of 15 documentary features being considered for an Oscar; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will cut the list to five Tuesday.

“Semper Fi” follows Partain and Jerome “Jerry” Ensminger, the men credited with uncovering records showing that the amount of leaked fuel that led to water contamination was many times greater than the Marine Corps acknowledged.
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Documentary examines how toxic water at the nationís largest Marine base damaged lives (Original Post) unhappycamper Jan 2012 OP
I'm stuck for words dipsydoodle Jan 2012 #1
Du rec. Nt xchrom Jan 2012 #2
What good is the Military, again? What threat, besides them, is greater? K&R (nt) T S Justly Jan 2012 #3
Camp Pendleton's ground water was shown to be contaminated with lead years ago. AnotherMcIntosh Jan 2012 #4
K&R! Louisiana1976 Jan 2012 #5
Ultimate Betrayal Sandi Lou Apr 2013 #6


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4. Camp Pendleton's ground water was shown to be contaminated with lead years ago.
Sun Jan 22, 2012, 11:13 AM
Jan 2012

That camp is the Marine Corps' largest one in California. The problem, which was reported as exceeding 10 times the amount of lead in ground water before it is considered contaminated, was a massive one. They said that the problem was fixable and that they were going to fix it. Now that years have passed, maybe it is all better.

Sandi Lou

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6. Ultimate Betrayal
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 08:41 PM
Apr 2013

This is THE Ultimate Betrayal.. I was only 4 years old when I was exposed to the toxins at Camp Lejeune and as if the first couple of years weren't enough I went back for another dose at the age of 17 and exposed my newborn baby to it as well... This sickens me... I mean I'm really sick ...
Just don't forget about us...With any luck at all we MIGHT be around for awhile, And WE NEED HELP !

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