Are The Marine Corps And Camp Lejeune Being Maligned?

27 09 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Some of us served with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and other military services, which defend each of us against our enemies.  There is a healthy rivalry or competition between our services, like there is between sporting teams and the cities that host them.  But we come together and “circle the wagons” when one is maligned.

Clearly, the reputations of both the Corps and its major training facility Camp Lejeune have been maligned.  The questions become whether it is justified; and what is prompting the surge of advertisements on American television stations now, by the vultures in our legal profession?

They contend that water contamination at Camp Lejeune decades ago has led to a broad range of health hazards; and that those who have been injured may be entitled to substantial compensation.  Congress acted and Joe Biden signed the law into effect; and the floodgates of claims may have been opened wide.[2]  Reparations for slavery may be the next payola if Biden and his Democrats win in November.


© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g.,  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., and, and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at

[2]  See, e.g., (“Camp Lejeune water contamination”)



6 responses

27 09 2022
H. Craig Bradley


What was the source of the alleged groundwater contaminates and who is responsible, if anyone? A simple test called a Mass Spectrometry can be preformed in any college level undergraduate chemistry class (Lab). It gives a precise readout of all the chemical compounds in the sample (H20) and the particulate concentration ([ ]), as well.

The problem here is trial lawyers think they know everything or conversely, plaintiffs think they are so smart. Maybe not so smart, just conniving. Of course, Juries are often confused and reflect our overall social I.Q., meaning our collective ignorance. Maybe time for some old-fashioned “Jury Nullification” to send a strong message upstream.

Any identifiable chemical contaminates should be readily determined in an analytical chemistry lab and the point source by further investigation. Often, we want to jump to conclusions, especially when our conclusion is the most profitable one ( Plaintiffs and Trial Lawyers). This is called “bias”.

Marine Corps do not produce chemical products which contaminate groundwater and adversely affect base personnel. Ammo is manufactured elsewhere. How about some common sense, please. This is always what happens when we have Common Ignorance or a lack of “common sense”.

It all boils down to herd behavior ( “The Shepple”). Perhaps we have a corruption problem and a population of opportunistic “gold diggers”. We need to take care of these troublemakers the old fashioned way. Sooner or later the people will bare arms and fix things at their levels. Shit storm is coming in 2023? If so, its deserved (KARMA).


29 09 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.


27 09 2022
Richard Schultz

Tim, There must be a pot of gold, maybe even enough for every 800/800 lawyer in the country. I can’t get through a single TV cable program without at least twice being ” strongly” urged to call them for a free consultation on this matter, “even if I have been turned down in the past.” Is there no shame? RCS

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27 09 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Yes, I agree, the Great Schultz. Every ambulance-chaser in the country must be pursuing this one.


28 09 2022
H. Craig Bradley

It appears the U.S. Navy has been satisfactorily addressing the needed EPA environmental remedies for their former military base in North Carolina since being officially declared a Superfund site in 1989.

Camp Lejeune Environmental Remediation History:

So, why all the fuss for a long ago closed military base ? There are countless other Superfund sites around the country yet to be funded and then cleaned-up.


28 09 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for your comments as always, Craig.

Obviously you raise the central questions: why this, and why now?

Things move on Capitol Hill because of lobbying, and this is no exception.

A similar site comes to mind, not far from you: Rocketdyne’s site in Simi Valley, California.

See, e.g., (“Santa Susana nuclear meltdown still affects communities”)

The areas affected are broad, including areas where I have hiked in the past.


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