The Manhattan Project

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Roger Rohrbacher's Interview

Tell us your name.

Roger Rohrbacher: I'm Roger Rohrbacher. That’s R-O-H-R-B-A-C-H-E-R.

How did you come to Hanford?

Rohrbacher: In 1942 and '43, I was working for DuPont in an acid plant in Illinois and my buddies were disappearing. They ended up in Richland, so I got the map out and Richland, Pasco weren't even recorded on the map. I contacted them and I said, “What are you guys doing?”

They said, “We don't know.”

Roger Rohrbacher

Roger Rohrbacher was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 11, 1920. He graduated from Macalester College in 1942 with a degree in chemistry and physics. Rohrbacher joined the Manhattan Project and was sent to Hanford in early 1944. He worked as an instrument engineer at the B Reactor. Rohrbacher was tasked with measurign neutron flow and temperature pressure and radiation monitoring. 

Tom Gary's Interview - Part 2

Stephane Groueff: And what was your background, Mr. Gary? You said that you are a Southerner?

Tom Gary: Well, I do not know whether I am a Phoenix or a paradox.

Groueff: Why?

Gary: People used to say, “How can you do these things?”

I said, “I was a military engineer. A military engineer does it with what he can find.”

Clare Whitehead

Clare Whitehead joind the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1943. After training in the Manhattan Engineer District and working in Oak Ridge, she was recruited to be the "secretary safeguarding military information" at Hanford. She met her husband, Vincent "Bud" Whitehead in 1944 while they were both serving at Hanford. 

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