Even though her father died in 1972, it wasn't until last year that Ames resident Peggy Kohler and her family found out it was his work around atomic weapons in the mid 1940s that caused his death, and that the U.S. government had set up a program to compensate "Atomic Vets" or their surviving family members.

At the age of 17, James Cigrand entered the U.S. Navy. A year later in 1946, Cigrand found himself on the U.S.S. Deliverer in the Marshall Islands as a part of Operation Crossroads which would play a key role in the nuclear testing going on in the area, according to Kohler.   More

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