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.