Fort Detrick Alliance - Operation Whitecoat Documentary viewing

Operation Whitecoat Documentary viewing

During the Cold War, more than 2,300 non-combatant conscientious objectors from the Seventh-day Adventist Church volunteered to serve their country by participating in U.S. Army medical experiments focused on developing defensive medical countermeasures against the Soviet Union’s bio-warfare capabilities.   These volunteers were exposed to experimental vaccines and infectious pathogens.

Operation Whitecoat tells the story of these patriots- their commitment to both their religious principles and desire to serve in America’s defense, their courage to participate in these tests, and contributions that went far beyond Army biodefense.

Randall Larsen, the producer of the widely viewed Wounded Warriors documentary, has produced a documentary honoring the Whitecoat veterans based on their courage of volunteering as human subjects in 153 research projects and their commitment to God and country, which has saved untold numbers of lives around the world.

The documentary can be seen Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. and 3p.m., at the Frederick Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6347 Jefferson Pike, Frederick.

If unable to attend, a 2-minute preview may be seen at:

The 40-minute documentary may be obtained at:

The documentary will also be shown in Silver Spring, MD at the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Auditorium, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, on:

Wednesday, May 31, at 10 am and 2 pm

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The City of Frederick is proud of its long relationship with Fort Detrick, and its allied federal agencies, and the important role it plays in the economic health of our community, and its strategic role in the health and safety of our nation. Our support for the Fort Detrick Alliance, as a founding sponsor, is a natural extension as we work to forge and sustain community partnerships, between the public and private sectors, for our mutual benefit.
Mayor Michael C. O’ConnorMayorThe City of Frederick

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