Plutonium Injections – Patient HP-3

This biography is in honor of one of the patients that were injected with plutonium in Rochester, NY during WWII. Eda Wilhelmina (Lach) Schultz Charlton, born 1 April 1897, is the youngest of four daughters born to August Lach and Henrietta Olsowsky. August and Henrietta were probably married in Germany and came to the US …

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Plutonium Injections – Patient HP-2

This biography is in honor of one of the patients that were injected with plutonium in Rochester, NY during WWII. William Purcell was born 5 Aug. 1897 to Michael M. and Sarah A. Purcell. His father was an immigrant from Ireland that in 1900 was working for a railroad in Westfield, NY. By 1909 the …

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40 years ago today…

On July 20th 1969 the first people from this planet walked on the moon. It was one of the greatest steps of exploration since Columbus finding the new world. The race to the moon proved that we take on an advanced technological challenge and make it happen. Yet, the computers on the lunar modules were …

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Plutonium Injections – Patient HP-1

This biography is in honor of one of the patients that were injected with plutonium in Rochester, NY during WWII. They were people just like you and me but were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Amedio Lovecchio was born on 20 May 1878. His family thought that he came to the US …

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Plutonium Injections; part 4 of 4

My part researching was done but there were three Rochester area patients still without names. It wouldn’t take long to find out who they were. The March 8th issue of the Albuquerque Tribune had the names of two more patients. HP-10 was Daniel Nelson who was a cook and traveled. Ms. Welsome found him from …

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Plutonium Injections; part 3 of 4

Ms. Welsome came to Rochester to do interviews and I was able to go along to give directions and also because I was interested in being in on her interviews. We went to the apartment where William Purcell’s sister, Joan was living but she wasn’t at home. Ms. Welsome did get to talk to her …

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Plutonium Injections; part 2 of 4

There was a three part series titled The Plutonium Experiment published in the Albuquerque Tribune from 15 – 17 Nov. 1993. It totaled 44 tabloid size pages. At that time only four of the names of the patients injected from throughout the country were known. Usually after a story this large appears in another newspaper, …

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Plutonium Injections; part 1 of 4

This is a story that I have been wanting to write about for years but just never got around to doing until now. I got a phone call in early 1993 from a reporter wanting me to do some genealogical research. She mentioned that she was looking for people that had been experimented on and …

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