Missouri WWII vet exposed to mustard gas finally has his say

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World War II veteran Arla Harrell is believed to be the only Missourian still living after being forced to participate in mustard gas experiments as a young enlisted man. Sen. Claire McCaskill is working to gain Harrell and other veterans benefits for their government-imposed suffering.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.kansascity.com

Finally, albeit to late for many veterans some justice. 


  • Arla Harrell joined the Army at age 18, largely to support his younger siblings. 
  • The Army made him part of a mustard gas experiment
  • The Army swore him to secrecy for 50 years.
  • While suffering from pulmonary problems, skin cancer and other ailments, Arla honored his word.
  • He kept the secret.



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