Image Copyright: U.S. Navy
By Lou Michel
Copyright: The Buffalo News, N.Y. (MCT)
Duke L. Williams was not about to let others in his family best him when it came to patriotism and wartime service.
His devotion to America took him to enemy islands in the Pacific during World War II, then to postwar atomic bomb tests performed at a Pacific atoll and finally back to the Pacific aboard a battleship in the Korean War.
He has suffered from radiation poisoning throughout his life and, ironically, lives not too far from the Manhattan Project’s disposal site off Model City Road in Lewiston. It is there that waste from the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and nuclear tests at Bikini atoll has been stored for decades.