Sep 06, · On January 3, , a nuclear meltdown at Stationary Low-Power Plant Number 1 (SL-1) near Idaho Falls, Idaho, killed all three operators at the site: Jack Byrnes, Dick Legg, and Richard McKinley. They are, to this day, the only nuclear explosion fatalities on U.S. soil. The design of the facility, which provided power to the surrounding area, did not have the . Oct 25, · This included two Army men, John A. “Jack” Byrnes, the Senior Reactor Operator, and Richard L. McKinley, a trainee, and a Navy man, Richard C. “Dick” Legg, the Assistant Operator and shift supervisor. For the most part, the men on the shift were competent and unremarkable among the other trainee reactor operators in their class.
By the time Jack Byrnes and Dick Legg peered at the lens of a military camera, they had bought into this atomic–powered version of the American Dream. They were determined young men in a hurry, hungry for the good things in life, cocksure about their abilities and opportunities/5(). Mar 28, · During a routine maintenance procedure, a single control rod was raised "too far and too fast," Tucker said, resulting in a massive explosion that destroyed the reactor and killed operators Jack Byrnes, Dick Legg, and Richard McKinley.
Sep 05, · Young men flocked to the budding industry; Jack Byrnes and Dick Legg, two of the three workers in SL-1 the night it blew, among them. Byrnes, a handsome twenty-year-old from Utica, New York, had joined the army at seventeen and by nineteen had married his high school sweetheart, Arlene, and become a father. The mug shots of Jack Byrnes and Dick Legg taken at the beginning of their last military assignments betray no hint of the elemental forces that would soon engulf them. Missing from the muddy black–and–white photographs is evidence of the reckless passions and base instincts of two saboteurs—or, conversely, the bewildered innocence of a Reviews:
Jack Byrnes, Dick Legg, and Richard Mckinley become the fourth group of trained Army personal to conduct the operations of SL His reactor operator that evening would be Jack Byrnes, 21, an Army soldier who had also started the program with Legg at Ft. Belvoir in and followed his .