Nuke accident at Camp Page in 1972?

The online edition of the magazine SisaIN reports that a retired US soldier who served at Camp Page in Chuncheon from 1972 to 1973 is claiming that in summer of 1972, there was an accident involving a nuclear tipped Honest John missile.

According to Dallas Snell, who also claimed Agent Orange was buried at Camp Page, his post-lunch R&R was disturbed one day when the base siren went off. About 20—30 men and MPs, including Snell, gathered in the base’s nuke silo, and were ordered to take defensive positions around a nuke-tipped Honest John. Something had gone wrong with the warhead, he said, and a helicopter came and transported it out.

SisaIN interviewed Snell by phone and email.

Snell said everybody on the base knew there were nuclear missiles on base, and he thought since something had gone wrong with the warhead, there had naturally been a release of radiation. He said after the faulty warhead had been placed in a box, he heard helicopter rotors, and several dozen men carried the box to the helipad. He later heard that the warhead was discarded about 24km south of Chuncheon, although where, exactly, he didn’t know. Curious about that day, he said he’d asked his superiors several times what happened, but got no answer.

On a Facebook page created by men who served at Camp Page, others posted that they remember the accident. According to Snell, one of the soldiers that carried the box out died of chronic lung disease.

Snell was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. They’d also found about 100 kidney stones in him since 2002. He said his family has no history of leukemia, and he’s certain his disease is connected with his experience in Korea.

  • Wedge

    This guy’s credibility is going down faster than a Bangkok hooker.

  • Wedge

    I have an idea: Let’s ask every retired GI about every incident they were personally involved in while serving that they couldn’t explain 100% and weren’t completely informed about by the higher ups after the fact. That couldn’t be more than several million incidents in the last 50 years, could it? Then hit up government workers and people working for evil defense companies. There, you conspiracy freaks, feast on that smorgasbord.

  • gbnhj

    Never got a satisfactory answer – I’ll bet.
    “Sir, why did they move the warhead, and where did they take it?” What a surprise that his superiors didn’t provide him with the classified info he was looking for.

  • YBT199

    He later heard that the warhead was discarded about 24km south of Chuncheon, although where, exactly, he didn’t know.

    “Discard” a nuclear weapon? Like garbage?

    Ha, ha, ha.

  • setnaffa

    Dallas Snell seems to have a pretty sad existence… Kidney stones are no joke…

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