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This page is dedicated to all volunteers of the US Army Project CD22 – Operation Whitecoat and it contains a lot of information on the project. Here you can find information on the history of Project CD22, you can browse the gallery that is full of pictures of the “Eight Ball” at Fort Detrick, you can find references to books that focus on Operation Whitecoat and biological warfare and so much more.

*NOTE* This website is up and running, and we will be continuously updating and adding articles, photos, and videos as we go along.

Here is a little background information about me:

• My name is Ken Jones and I manage and update this site frequently.

• I was born October 30, 1933, Hill Top, Kentucky (McCreary County). I responded to the draft August 24, 1954, in Louisville, Kentucky, and was processed at Fort Knox as a 1-AO. At Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, I immediately jumped into the first eight weeks of Medical Aid training. I then had an opportunity to have a brief respite back in Kentucky before completing the eight remaining weeks.

• During the second week of November 1954, Colonel William Tigertt, commanding officer from the Medical Unit of WRAMC (now called USAMRIID) and Elder George W. Chambers, Director of War Service Commission, General Conference Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventist, Washington, D.C., briefed my platoon on a critical, new Army and National initiative that we could be an integral part of. I, and eleven of my fellow soldiers from this meeting, became the first twelve volunteers to qualify as the initial participants in this new program.

• The name Project Whitecoat (Q-fever group) was not applied until later years. Early on, it was named project Camp Detrick-22 (CD-22). Officials initially considered the Whitecoat name to be too common as a reference to such a complex project. Today we proudly refer to its proper name “Project Operation Whitecoat.(Capt. (Dr.) George DeMuth related this information to me.) I was discharged from the Army in August 23, 1956 and returned to my home state. During the next few months, communications with COL. Tigertt, Capt. Klitch and Maj. Clark resulted in an offer to me to return to Fort Detrick to work with them as a Civil Service employee. I returned in March of 1957 and for the next eighteen months I worked in the same capacity with different projects with a new group of volunteers and new staff members.

 

 

15 Comments

  1. Thank you for contacting me. It was such a coincidence today, as Whitecoat Project has not been discussed here for very many years. I brought it up during a conversation with a friend, an hour later you called!

  2. Complete account presented in an excellent layout. Lots of work, but hope it brings viewers and readers to learn about a slice of Cold War history as well as medical research that ha paid dividends to future generations. Another example of how a faith group can be proactive in solution-orientation rather than problem-fixated and against something.

  3. This is the first time I heard about this Whitecoat Web site. This is a great idea. I don’t know how you got my address, I must have given it to you a long time ago.

  4. Thanks Ken. Lots of hard work, but good idea. Glad you took the initiative to set-up the website again. Not to be dating ourselves, but maybe we’ll hear from more of the Q-fever, ’54-’57, group.

  5. This is a labor of love and respect for those of you who served as loyal soldiers toward the cause of freedom. Thanks so much for sharing this effort with me. A job well done. :)

  6. Ken, sorry I missed you before you left. Am enjoying your site. Very informative! Hope to see you again soon. Relay to your wife, please.

  7. I am a retired USAF colonel and a documentary film maker. I have just begun work on a documentary about the men of Project White Coat. I want to tell the story of these incredibly brave and patriotic men. In 2013, I helped fund and make a documentary about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII. It has now played on more than 240 PBS stations more than 2,500 times and won The Gracie Award for the best public television documentary in 2013. In 2011, I produced a film about America’s wounded warriors. It premiered at the Newseum in Washington DC during the Tenth Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11, and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Virginia Film Festival. Details at: http://www.randalllarsenpresents.com Looking forward to meeting and interviewing the men of Project White Coat during the next year. I salute your courage, dedication, and patriotism.

  8. It was great to meet you and your bride today. I hope you have a safe trip back to California. I will have a look at the information here. It is amazing that this isn’t more widely known.

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