Source: Atomic Heritage Foundation | Newsletter | June 15, 2018

On June 1, the building at 101 Bus Terminal Road in Oak Ridge, TN was mostly demolished. After the Manhattan Project, it served as a security communication center. The building was connected by radio to Building 9213, which stored uranium-235 at the Y-12 Plant for about a year. 101 Bus Terminal Road was later used by the military and the Oak Ridge Police Department. For more, please see Demolished building once helped protect city, enriched uranium at Y-12.

Westcott Nominated for Pres. Medal of Freedom

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that photographer Ed Westcott (pictured) has been nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Westcott, who turned 96 earlier this year, was the official US Army photographer at Oak Ridge, TN during the Manhattan Project.

Westcott was one of the first people hired to join the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge. In thousands of photographs, he documented the construction, operations, and people of the “Secret City.” Westcott’s images captured life in Oak Ridge during World War II, depicting everything from women welders to baseball games.

The nomination was officially submitted by U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), whose district includes Oak Ridge, in 2017. Oak Ridge historian and AHF Board member D. Ray Smith comments,  “I think we in Oak Ridge should do all we can to get Ed recognized at the highest level in our land because of his great artistic and historic contribution to the world-changing Manhattan Project. He far surpasses any other photographer who has documented the history of the Nuclear Age.”

The United States’ highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy in Executive Order 11085. It recognizes individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Westcott’s nomination was also covered by WBIR. For the full article on Westcott (pictured in 1949, image courtesy of the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office), click here.