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Michael Driscoll Oral History Interview. October 9, 2013

Michael Driscoll Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen and Linda Richards.

October 9, 2013

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Michael Driscoll (b. 1942) is a 1970 OSU graduate and an Atomic Veteran. Driscoll spent four years in the Navy, much of that time on an aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. During his service on the Yorktown, Driscoll was exposed to two nuclear blasts - Operation Frigate Bird and Operation Swordfish - both detonated in May 1962 as part of the Dominic I series of atmospheric tests. Driscoll is one of an estimated 400,000 U.S. military personnel subjected to nuclear tests of this type. Much of his interview details the specifics of his experiences as an Atomic Veteran, beginning in May 1962 and running to present day.