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"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
drum
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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
waste
USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste
into ocean