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M21-1, Part IIIFebruary 25, 2005 Change 131

e.  Army Development

(1)  The Army conducted research into the effects of chemical warfare on individuals for several years prior to WWII through 1975.  Projects included the use of mustard gases and other types of chemicals.

(2)  Prior to the early 1950s, information about a person's participation in any kind of testing by the Army was placed in the individual's service medical records.  These records are stored at the NPRC and can be obtained by a PIES request.

(3)  Since the 1950s, the records on testing for "medical volunteers" have been compiled in different formats and stored in a number of locations.  Some are on microfiche, or on magnetic tape, or remain on paper.  Simultaneous development to NPRC and to the listed address should be taken.  Include a cross- reference on each request.

(4)  For testing which occurred prior to 1955 send the request to:

Commander

U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Agency

Attn:  AMSCB-CIH/E5183

5101 Hadley Rd.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD  21010-5423

For testing from 1955 to 1975, send the request to:

Headquarters

Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Attn:  SGS

Fort Detrick

Frederick, MD  21702-5012

(5)  The test information may not be maintained under the participant's name and verification may only be determined based on the comparison of the description and dates against the reports.  Therefore, in addition to the veteran's name, include as much information as possible.  The request should contain as much of the following information as possible:

The name served under if different from current name.

Service number

Social Security number, if available.

The date of the alleged exposure (month and year).

Location of the alleged exposure

The unit to which the veteran was assigned at time of alleged exposure

Claimant’s statement in support of claim describing the event, and a copy of the DD 214, WD AGO Form 100, Form 20, and any supporting information [i.e., names of other servicemen, a copy of a special order,

TDY orders, or a copy of a proficiency certificate (such as one from a Unit Gas Officer or a Chemical Warfare School)

Copy of any service medical records which may indicate vapor burns and/or exposure to H or L (mustard agent or Lewisite)

Documentation pertaining to exposure from medical and personnel files provided by NPRC.

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