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Meningitis @ Fort Ord 1964

Meningitis @ Fort Ord 1964

Meningitis Fort Ord 1964

I need information regarding Fort Ord , 1964

when I contracted the deadly disease of bacterial spinal meningitis

while in the Army just after basic training, ( Nov 6 ).

I was the 100th case of spinal meningitis at Fort Ord in 1964.

I would Like to hear from any soldiers who contracted meningitis at Ford Ord in that timeframe.

I am interested in finding out how many meningitis patients from Fort Ord were medically discharged.

Also would like to hear from any that were put on compensation or pension disability from their bout with meningitis.

After leaving the hospital at Fort Ord in 1964 I have had continual migraine headaches on the order of about 3 to 5 a week, I am wondering if anybody else out there has had post Meningitis headaches for that long?

My headaches are so bad I have to lay down in a dark quiet room for hours each time I have one.

After my bout with Meningitis, I was shipped out to Vietnam for 541 days, when that didn't kill me either I came home.

As I look back on my life I realize how many things I was not able to accomplish due to the after effects I experienced from my bacterial spinal meningitis. While keeping in mind that hindsight is 20/20 I now understand why I had so many downfalls in the last 45 years.


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Sorry I am not aware of anyone on this forum who's Meningitis was contracted at Fort Ord in 1964. Not sure how you would go about getting in touch with others who did unless it's something the Army can help you with. As for the long term effects from Meningitis, yes that is a problem for some of us especially the headaches/migraines.


Yes, headaches are common post men. Some seizure meds work great on that aspect. Topiramate is a good one.


Thank you for your service to our country . Fighting a war post Bacterial meningitis has got to be the most difficult task anyone can endure . Ibam post BM just four months , so I really can't comment on the long term migraines . As far as contacting someone who was in the same base with you, if you are able to find their names on lthe web during the time and place you served , you may be able to get a lead there . God Bless you and you are truly a warrior .

Susie NY


Thanks for your reply, I have tried that avenue to contact people many times with no luck, hope your recovery goes well ,



Thank you. If you know someone's name that you served with try googling their names. Sometimes on ancestry.com you can type in their name and get a Lead there. or perhaps contact the right department in Washington DC . You may get a lead there . Google what department in Washington has the names of past military persons who served . It's like solving a good mystery. I can't imagine how you survived Vietnam right after your bout with BM. I can't stand noise . It makes my brain shake . Or large crowds of people . You are truly amazing


Hello Benshushan

I contacted Meningitis in boot camp at Fort Ord Calif 1/1969 and Ihave just herd from another guy who was there who also did just a few weeks after me I would love to talk to you about your experince the Army apparently destroyed the files of everyone hospitaluzed with Meningitis. but there' hope now that we have three of us please contact me at 909 653 3429 a text is the best way so I wont thing your a bill collecter My name is Cleve

Thanks never give up!!


Wow better late than never just found your post I almost gave up looking. I also was tring to find any one who got meningitis at fort ord got no reply till today after months. Although I did find a news paper reference on google from about 1962 ( I think) anyway it said no more cases of it were reported after 1962 and that it had been mis diagnosed and it was something else and that those soldiers were already infected with something before enlistment. There is little doubt in my mind there was a cover up. Iwas there in Jan 1969 was hospitalized

and all my medical records were missing!

lets talk about this there are 3 of us now from Fort Ord who have posted here.

Sot lets hope we can all get in contact with each other! they say things are changing at the VA please contact me

oldesrsno@gmail.com or Text 909 653 3429 my name is Cleve

Dont give up!


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