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Dick Skancke (Manhattan Project Security Guard) discusses Security Checks

Dick Skancke (Manhattan Project Security Guard) discusses Security Checks


Dick Skancke: Well, we weren’t too well liked. Michael Vickio: Really? DS: Yes, because, see, we did sneaky stuff. MV: [laughs] DS: Uh, you know—like, uh, we’d go out in
the evenings like at, oh, eight, nine o’clock when all the offices was closed, and we’d
go through desks trying to find- MV: Oh, did you really? DS: Oh, sure, trying to find classified- MV: Yeah. DS: Secret materials that the guys had left
out and I’d put it under— MV: Well, see, you’ve opened a whole new box
there because I knew that was done but I didn’t know that was done by the security guards. DS: Oh, yeah. We did that. MV: Huh. DS: I was on a lot of that. I forget what
the heck they called that at that time, but it was security check. MV: Sure. Oh yeah. DS: And then we’d take that material, see,
and if we found anything in desks that was top secret, or classified, or anything like
that, and it was supposed to be under lock and key, we’d turn it into our office and
then that guy’d get his butt chewed off. MV: [laughs] He’d have to come and pick it
up probably. DS: Yes, and, you know, and we went-we- MV: It’s like when you were in school and
you had to go, uh, face the principal or something. DS: Yeah, and see, we weren’t liked! MV: Yeah. I-oh, I can see that. Yeah. DS: By the civilians. MV: Sure. DS: Uh-only ones that really liked-I shouldn’t
say liked-were down at the DP Building. They’d even feed us little bits, you know. But-but
as far as our security check stuff, they didn’t care for us.

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