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Gene Oliver Curbow

Gene Oliver Curbow

Male 1933 - 1994  (60 years)

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  • Name Gene Oliver Curbow  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 5 Nov 1933  Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Notes from brother Donald Lee Curbow: "I remember Mama talking about when they lived in New Mexico in a tent city. She was telling Aunt Tiny or someone about how hot those canvas tents were. I was just a kid, listening to her tell all about it and I wondered, when were my Dad and Mother in New Mexico and of course now I know, it had to be when my brother Gene was born. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico. That was 1933, the depression was on and they were there because Dad was working there. He worked all over Oklahoma, Texas and even New Mexico - where ever he could find work. It was hard times. And Dad told me many times about how cold it got there. In fact, he said it was so cold they had to drain all the oil from the machinery every night. And it even got so cold at night the tracts froze to the ground. They had to use big cactus burners in the morning to thaw the ground. It's funny though, Mama talked about how hot it was, and Dad told me about how cold it was!"
    Gender Male 
    Census 1940  Dimmitt, Castro County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed incorrectly as Gine O. Curbow, age 6 born abt 1934 in New Mexico; single son of Roy O. Curbow, age 34 and Allie E. Curbow, 34; Siblings: Roy D., 13 and Donald L., 11 mos. 
    Memberships Brownwood, Brown County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A Boy Scout Family - When Jr. was a Boy Scout in Troop #2, Brownwood, Texas, his father Roy Curbow was the Scout Master. Troop #2 was sponsored by the First Baptist Chruch of Brownwood and they met at a building owned by the Church. When Jr. came back from the war, he took on the position of Scout Master that his father had before him. And when Gene was old enough (you had to be ten years old) he was a Boy Scout in Troop #2. He worked diligently to earn his merit badges and became and Eagle Scout with his big brother, Jr., as the Scout Master. Eventually, Don became a Boy Scout too, Troop #2. And Jr. was still the Scout Master! There were camp outs, bon fires, wiener roasts and pie eating contests. Dues were 10 cents per week.  
    Donald Lee Curbow and Gene Oliver Curbow
    Donald Lee Curbow and Gene Oliver Curbow
    Boy Scouts
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Boy Scout
    Military Aug 1951  Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Enlistment - United States Air Force; Processed at "Abilene main station." Veteran of the Korean conflict. 
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Bravo Blast Newspaper Article
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Air Force Enlistment Annoucement; Published 8/2/ and 8/3 1951 in Abilene Reporter News
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    At enlistment time - with mother Allie Ernestine Ham and father Roy Oliver Curbow and older brother Roy Orville Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Military
    Military 1 Mar 1954  Bikini Atoll Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    BRAVO BLAST: Gene Curbow was enlisted in the United States Air Force. According to his brother, Donald Lee Curbow, Gene was stationed on an island as a weatherman and was discharged from the Air Force with a disability. Many years ago Don saw Gene being interviewed by Linda Ellerbee on T.V. regarding a radioactive contamination incident. After some research it was confirmed that Gene Curbow was one of 28 servicemen present on Bikini Island the morning of March 1, 1954 when the Bravo blast occurred. Detonated on a reef on Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954, the "Bravo" test was the first U.S. explosion of a deliverable hydrogen bomb. The explosion produced a yield of 15-megatons, making it more than 1,000 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It resulted in the worst single incident of fallout exposure in all the U.S. atmospheric testing programs. Twenty-three Japanese fisherman, 28 U.S. Servicemen (Gene among them) and more than 200 Marshallese were caught in the fallout.
    Quote from Gene Curbow, HQ Weather Reporting Element (U.S. Air Force) on Rongerik Atoll, 1954: "Prior to...and for weeks leading up to the blast the prevailing upper level troughs indicated that wind was blowing to the vicinity of our island." In an article entitled, "Deadly Snow" written by Robert Milliken in 1986 he states that: "One of the weathermen, Gene Curbow, is suffering from leukemia and is suing the U.S. government. He attributes his cancer, like that suffered by many Marshallese since Bravo, directly to radiation exposure."
    Title Petition from Gene Curbow, National Association of Atomic Veterans, concerning the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Authors Gene Curbow, National Association of Atomic Veterans (United States)Publisher UN, 1983 Length 3 pages
    'The wind had been blowing straight at us for days before the test. It was blowing straight at us during the test, and straight at us after it. The wind never shifted.'
    Gene Curbow, senior weather technician on the neighboring atoll of Rongerik, who took radio-sound weather measurements up to an altitude of 30,000 meters before and after Bravo.
    Curbow and US veterans stationed there have suffered since from a variety of illnesses including cancer, tumors, heart and thyroid conditions, and urinary and bladder disorders that they say were related to Bravo. Three of them said they had difficulty in fathering children or had had sickly offspring.
    'When we decided to leave Rongelap Atoll, the old people cried to leave their homeland. But I said, "What about your grandchildren? Do you want them to die?"'
    Jeton Anjain, a Marshall Islands Senator.
    All material from Eyes of Fire; the last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior by David Robie (Lindon - NZ, Ravette - UK).
    The most significant lawsuits filed to date are related to fallout from shot Bravo. Two lawsuits, Antolok et al and Alee et al are each seeking 4 billion dollars for loss of land, radiation exposures, and punitive damages for the Marshallese plaintiffs. A related lawsuit, Curbow, et al is seeking lO million dollars on behalf of five of the 28 American servicemen subjected to Bravo fallout on Rongerik Atoll in 1954. None of these lawsuits has reached trial.
    One important and unresolved question Is, who among the defendants could be liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act? Since the United States may be immune to claims under the Federal Tort
    Claims Act and since the National Laboratories were probably acting under authority from the President of the United States, it remains to be seen whether any of the defendants can be held liable for injuries due to the nuclear weapon testing program. 
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Bravo Blast news article mentioning Gene Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Bravo Blast news article mentioning Gene Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Military
    Residence Aug 1955  Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes from Jim Westrich - Nov., 2011: "I was a friend of Gene Curbow's. We were in the same outfit - 6th Weather Squadron out of Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. As a matter of fact, I was on the mission with him on the Bravo project, but I got lucky and was sent to Majuro, while Gene and a lot of my other buddies went to Rongerik. We did get a little bit of radiation on Majuro, but not enough to cause any harm. After the project was over, we all went back to Tinker, and Gene and I hung out quite a bit between assignments. I remember when he first started dating Cleta. We got discharged the same month - August, 1955 - and Gene talked me into going to work on a start-up rock crusher project in Clinton, OK, where his dad, Roy, was superintendent. I lasted two weeks. I remember that Cleta made my lunch for me every day and sent it along with Gene. We didn't keep in touch at all after that, I'm sorry to say, but I did see an article (probably the one you mentioned in 1983,) where Gene was leading the effort to get some compensation for what they went through out there. There is no doubt in my mind that Gene's early death was directly attributable to the radiation."

     
    Residence 1959  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    U.S. City Directories:
    Curbow, Gene (Cleta) clerk at Sunray Mid-Continent Co. h1101 Lombardy Road
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1959 
    Occupation 1972 - 1973  St. Matthews, Jefferson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Firefighter: St Matthews Fire Protection District; Honor Roll ~ C-E (This is St Matthews Kentucky, a subburb of Louisville).
    Gene O Curbow
    Firefighter April 8 1972 to October 8 1973
    Gene was on STMFD (St Matthews Fire Dept) a short time during our recruiting effort in 1972 and 1973. He lived at 312 Biltmore Road in Beechwood Village (893-7597) and drove a Ford Maverick or Mercury Comet. He was 38 when he joined in April 1972. When he joined he was a self employed engineer and had experience because he was a former member of the Brownwood Texas fire department.  
    Religion Baptist 
    Residence 1984  Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    U.S. Publc Records Index, Volume I; Indexed as Gene O. Curbow; 3637 Kentland Dr, Roanoke, VA, 24018-2513 (1984) 
    Social Security Data Indexed as G.O. Curbow; 467-44-1685; 5 Nov. 1933; 15 Feb 1994; Issued Texas (before 1951) 
    Died 12 Feb 1994  Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • OBITUARY:
      CURBOW, Gene Oliver, 60, of Roanoke County, died Saturdy, February 12, 1994, in a local hospital. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Curbow was a member of Cave Spring Baptist Church, the DAV and the VAW. He is survived by his wife, Cleta Curbow, Roanoke; three children, Stacey Miracle, Tennessee, LeaAnn Curbow, Fairfax, Christie Hodges, Roanoke; four grandchildren; two brothers. Funeral services will be held at Oakey's South Chapel 1 p.m. Tuesday with Dr. Woodrow W. Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Oakey's South Chapel.
    Buried Aft 12 Feb 1994  Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Headstone
    Person ID P63  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch, Ham Family Branch
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 

    Father Roy Oliver Curbow,   b. 3 Nov 1905, Aubrey, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1968, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Allie Ernestine Ham,   b. 8 Jul 1905, Elmo, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1987, Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Cleta Fern Payne,   b. 6 Jan 1935, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 2011, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 29 July 1955  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date/location provided by daughter Stacy Curbow Miracle.
    Children 
    +1. S.L. Curbow
     2. L. Curbow
     3. C. Curbow
    Photos
    Cleta Fern Payne with Gene Oliver Curbow and daughter Stacy
    Cleta Fern Payne with Gene Oliver Curbow and daughter Stacy
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2011 07:58:13 
    Family ID F184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thelma Bernice Raincrow,   b. 18 Nov 1929, Cookson, Cherokee County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 2004, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1952 
    • Date is an ESTIMATE based on son's year of birth; not otherwise sourced by me. Thought to have married in Oklahoma.
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    +1. G.O. Curbow, Jr.
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2014 07:57:50 
    Family ID F185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Nov 1933 - Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMemberships - A Boy Scout Family - When Jr. was a Boy Scout in Troop #2, Brownwood, Texas, his father Roy Curbow was the Scout Master. Troop #2 was sponsored by the First Baptist Chruch of Brownwood and they met at a building owned by the Church. When Jr. came back from the war, he took on the position of Scout Master that his father had before him. And when Gene was old enough (you had to be ten years old) he was a Boy Scout in Troop #2. He worked diligently to earn his merit badges and became and Eagle Scout with his big brother, Jr., as the Scout Master. Eventually, Don became a Boy Scout too, Troop #2. And Jr. was still the Scout Master! There were camp outs, bon fires, wiener roasts and pie eating contests. Dues were 10 cents per week. - - Brownwood, Brown County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Military Enlistment - United States Air Force; Processed at "Abilene main station." Veteran of the Korean conflict. - Aug 1951 - Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - BRAVO BLAST: Gene Curbow was enlisted in the United States Air Force. According to his brother, Donald Lee Curbow, Gene was stationed on an island as a weatherman and was discharged from the Air Force with a disability. Many years ago Don saw Gene being interviewed by Linda Ellerbee on T.V. regarding a radioactive contamination incident. After some research it was confirmed that Gene Curbow was one of 28 servicemen present on Bikini Island the morning of March 1, 1954 when the Bravo blast occurred. Detonated on a reef on Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954, the "Bravo" test was the first U.S. explosion of a deliverable hydrogen bomb. The explosion produced a yield of 15-megatons, making it more than 1,000 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It resulted in the worst single incident of fallout exposure in all the U.S. atmospheric testing programs. Twenty-three Japanese fisherman, 28 U.S. Servicemen (Gene among them) and more than 200 Marshallese were caught in the fallout. Quote from Gene Curbow, HQ Weather Reporting Element (U.S. Air Force) on Rongerik Atoll, 1954: "Prior to...and for weeks leading up to the blast the prevailing upper level troughs indicated that wind was blowing to the vicinity of our island." In an article entitled, "Deadly Snow" written by Robert Milliken in 1986 he states that: "One of the weathermen, Gene Curbow, is suffering from leukemia and is suing the U.S. government. He attributes his cancer, like that suffered by many Marshallese since Bravo, directly to radiation exposure." Title Petition from Gene Curbow, National Association of Atomic Veterans, concerning the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Authors Gene Curbow, National Association of Atomic Veterans (United States)Publisher UN, 1983 Length 3 pages 'The wind had been blowing straight at us for days before the test. It was blowing straight at us during the test, and straight at us after it. The wind never shifted.' Gene Curbow, senior weather technician on the neighboring atoll of Rongerik, who took radio-sound weather measurements up to an altitude of 30,000 meters before and after Bravo. Curbow and US veterans stationed there have suffered since from a variety of illnesses including cancer, tumors, heart and thyroid conditions, and urinary and bladder disorders that they say were related to Bravo. Three of them said they had difficulty in fathering children or had had sickly offspring. 'When we decided to leave Rongelap Atoll, the old people cried to leave their homeland. But I said, "What about your grandchildren? Do you want them to die?"' Jeton Anjain, a Marshall Islands Senator. All material from Eyes of Fire; the last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior by David Robie (Lindon - NZ, Ravette - UK). The most significant lawsuits filed to date are related to fallout from shot Bravo. Two lawsuits, Antolok et al and Alee et al are each seeking 4 billion dollars for loss of land, radiation exposures, and punitive damages for the Marshallese plaintiffs. A related lawsuit, Curbow, et al is seeking lO million dollars on behalf of five of the 28 American servicemen subjected to Bravo fallout on Rongerik Atoll in 1954. None of these lawsuits has reached trial. One important and unresolved question Is, who among the defendants could be liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act? Since the United States may be immune to claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act and since the National Laboratories were probably acting under authority from the President of the United States, it remains to be seen whether any of the defendants can be held liable for injuries due to the nuclear weapon testing program. - 1 Mar 1954 - Bikini Atoll Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 July 1955 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Notes from Jim Westrich - Nov., 2011: "I was a friend of Gene Curbow's. We were in the same outfit - 6th Weather Squadron out of Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. As a matter of fact, I was on the mission with him on the Bravo project, but I got lucky and was sent to Majuro, while Gene and a lot of my other buddies went to Rongerik. We did get a little bit of radiation on Majuro, but not enough to cause any harm. After the project was over, we all went back to Tinker, and Gene and I hung out quite a bit between assignments. I remember when he first started dating Cleta. We got discharged the same month - August, 1955 - and Gene talked me into going to work on a start-up rock crusher project in Clinton, OK, where his dad, Roy, was superintendent. I lasted two weeks. I remember that Cleta made my lunch for me every day and sent it along with Gene. We didn't keep in touch at all after that, I'm sorry to say, but I did see an article (probably the one you mentioned in 1983,) where Gene was leading the effort to get some compensation for what they went through out there. There is no doubt in my mind that Gene's early death was directly attributable to the radiation." - Aug 1955 - Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U.S. City Directories: Curbow, Gene (Cleta) clerk at Sunray Mid-Continent Co. h1101 Lombardy Road Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1959 - 1959 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Firefighter: St Matthews Fire Protection District; Honor Roll ~ C-E (This is St Matthews Kentucky, a subburb of Louisville). Gene O Curbow Firefighter April 8 1972 to October 8 1973 Gene was on STMFD (St Matthews Fire Dept) a short time during our recruiting effort in 1972 and 1973. He lived at 312 Biltmore Road in Beechwood Village (893-7597) and drove a Ford Maverick or Mercury Comet. He was 38 when he joined in April 1972. When he joined he was a self employed engineer and had experience because he was a former member of the Brownwood Texas fire department. - 1972 - 1973 - St. Matthews, Jefferson County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U.S. Publc Records Index, Volume I; Indexed as Gene O. Curbow; 3637 Kentland Dr, Roanoke, VA, 24018-2513 (1984) - 1984 - Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Feb 1994 - Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 12 Feb 1994 - Roanoke, Roanoke County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Curbow Brothers - sons of Roy Oliver Curbow and Allie Ernestine Ham
    Curbow Brothers - sons of Roy Oliver Curbow and Allie Ernestine Ham
    Roy Orville; Gene Oliver; and Donald Lee
    Roy Oliver Curbow
    Roy Oliver Curbow
    with son Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    Gene Oliver Curbow
    With first born child, Gene Oliver Curbow, Jr.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4273286779] 1940 United States Federal Census , (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.), Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Dimmitt, Castro, Texas; Roll: T627_4003; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 35-5.

    2. [S2628446167] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Compiled from various U.S. public records.Original data: Compiled from various U.S. public records.).
      Gene O. Curbow; Nov. 1933; 563 Arlington Place, Clarksville, Montgomery, Tennessee 37043; Record No. 351089080

    3. [S2628820074] U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - 1993-2002 White Pages. Little Rock, AR, USA: Acxiom Corporation.Original data: 1993-2002 White Pages. Little Rock, AR, USA: Acxiom Corporation.).
      Name: Gene O Curbow; 3637 Kentland Drive, Roanoke, Virginia 24018-2513; 540-774-6709; 1996

    4. [S2159750128] U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, comp. Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings. Merli).
      Gene O. Curbow; 5 Nov. 1933: 3637 Kentland Rive, Roanoke, VA 24018-2513

    5. [S2624729542] Social Security Death Index, (Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security), Number: 467-44-1685; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951.
      Source Citation: Number: 467-44-1685;Issue State: Texas;Issue Date: Before 1951.

    6. [S294358663] U.S. City Directories, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory titl), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1959.