an undisclosed area in the US, lays a natural
pond once part of the Mulberry Ridge National
Laboratory. The pond was used during the early
1970's by the Marine Corps for training in recon
maneuvers and later by Dr. Louis Kawamoto, during
experiments with the Space Reactor Program (Nuclear
Thermal Propulsion). After The Nuclear Waste Policy
Act of 1982 was signed, the site became a Nuclear
Dump Site for its unusual great depth. Since 1990,
DOE's Office of Environmental Restoration and
Waste Management (EM) have decontaminated and
dismantled more than a 100 contaminated facilities
across the country including the Mulberry Ridge
In 2002, three EPA Research Biologists disappeared
while conducting experiments in the pond and the
Department of Navy has also reported two missing
soldiers from a Marine Corp Recon Squad training
in the area. There is speculation in the scientific
community that the pond was never completely decontaminated.
There are even accounts from some Marine soldiers
about oversized plants and strange animals around
the pond's adjoining regions. A year later after
an unsuccessful rescue for the missing biologists
turned tragic with a helicopter crash, the US
Marine Corps deployed small patrol/recon units
called Fire Teams to protect the area.
This is the story of "Pond Patrol Third Force
Recon Team" the 4th group designated by the
US Government to the Mulberry Ridge Pond. This
is the first team to include an EPA Researcher
and a Scientist to study the pond's ecosystem.
It is also the first team to have its own marked
AH/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter and pilot.