“Leukemia? How did I get leukemia?” Waller kept wondering, after he was diagnosed more than a decade ago.
Then an old friend of his who’s fast on the Internet and scours it for news suggested an answer.
“Weren’t you at Camp Lejeune?” he asked Waller.
Indeed he was. Six weeks, back in 1968, when he was a Marine during the Vietnam War.
“That water there was poisonous!” the friend told him.
For six weeks in 1968, Waller showered, drank and ate food cooked in a poisonous stew of benzene, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride and a few other chemicals few of us can pronounce.