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World War II Exposures

World War II (Sept. 1, 1939-Sept. 2, 1945)

Veterans who fought in World War II may have been exposed to a range of environmental and chemical hazards that carried potential health risks.

Servicemen are covering their ears to shield them 

from the noise of a blastNoise
Harmful sounds from guns, equipment, and machinery that is often experienced during service

Mushroom cloud.jpgIonizing Radiation
Exposures at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and health problems from harmful radiation

Man wearing workplace safety 

gearOccupational Hazards
Exposures from working with chemicals, paints, and machinery during service

Soldiers marching through snowCold Injuries
Health problems that could be caused by cold temperatures, such as during the Battle of the Bulge

World War I soldier in trench wearing gasmaskMustard Gas
Odorless, poisonous gas used during combat in World War I and II