"They asked the dying Pasco County man about his Navy service a half-century 
before. He kept talking about the steel barrels. They haunted him, sea
monsters plaguing an old sailor.
"We turned off all the lights," George Albernaz testified at a 2005
Department of Veterans Affairs hearing, "and . pretend that we were broken
down and . we would take these barrels and having only steel-toed shoes . no
protection gear, and proceed to roll these barrels into the ocean, 300
barrels at a trip."
Not all of them sank. A few pushed back against the frothing ocean, bobbing
in the waves like a drowning man. Then shots would ring out from a sailor
with a rifle at the fantail. And the sea would claim the bullet-riddled


Tampa Bay TImes
09:14 AM, Monday, February 24, 2014
The Atomic Sailors
Serving aboard the USS Calhoun County, dumping the Cold War's radioactive
USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste
into ocean