CD V-777-1,-2,-4 Shelter Radiation Detection Kits


CD V-777-1 Shelter Radiation Kit

CDV777-1 Kit

The CD V-777-1 kit was the standard issue kit for community fallout shelters. The original CD V-777-1 make-up was 1-CD V-715, 1 CD V-700, 1-CD V-750 and 2-CD V-742 dosimeters. There were later versions of the CD V-777-1 but the only difference in kit contents was more CD V-742 dosimeters.

I received the kit pictured above from a gentleman in Detroit who had it from an original stock of shelter supplies in his business. The original shelter supplies were removed in the 1970s. He contacted me about the kit when he was ready to finally part with it. I was looking for an original issue kit like this since I saw one in the Corps of Engineers Photos that I put up on this site a few years ago. I received the kit in 2005 and the condition of the contents amazed me. It's one of the most pristine items in my collection.

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CD V-777-1 Kit Information From 1964 DOD OCD Annual Statistical Report

The DOD OCD 1964 Annual Statistical Report page 58 has this image and contents list of the CD V-777-1 Shelter Radiation Kit. Click here to see the whole page.DOD OCD 1964 Annual Statistical Report page 58


More Photos Of The Kit I Received From Detroit
777-1 Kit Box
Kit Box
777-1 Kit Instrument Boxes
Kit Box and Instrument Boxes
Kit Box Label
Box Label
Kit Box Packed
Box packed with kit contents.

CD V-805 CBR Mask With Detroit Kit
Shelter Manual and Mask Mask Bag Instructions
Mask Bag Instructions.

Also in the Detroit kit box with the instruments is a CD V-805 CBR Mask and Detroit Shelter Managers Manual. I've never seen a mask like this before and have never seen it referenced in any Civil Defense material that I have. It was packaged in a foil bag which was opened but the mask was never unwrapped. The mask still has the protective paper over the lenses and is in excellent condition. I don't know if these masks were standard issue in these kits or if this one just ended up in this kit. Some early versions of the CD V-777 kit were issued with masks but I don't know about the V-777-1 kits. The CBR stands for Chemical Biological Radiological. This mask appears to have just a particulate filter on it. I haven't opened the mask up all the way but the filter appears to be a cloth type of filter. Click the photos to see a larger version.


CD V-777-2 Radiation Detection Kit

CD V-777-2 Kit

This is the CD V-777-2 Radiation Detection Kit. I haven't found an old (1960s era) list for the contents of this kit. This kit is described in the FEMA CPG 2-2 as "the standard set recommended for public fallout shelters." It's kind of interesting that FEMA came up with a "fallout shelter radiation set" so long after the shelter program was abandoned. The FEMA CPG 2-2 is dated 1991.

I believe that the CD V-777-2 a result of FEMA's planning for "Crisis Relocation" in the 1980's. I haven't found any documentation that confirms that though. The FEMA CPG 2-2 book lists the kit contents as pictured above, 1-CD V-715 Survey Meter, 6-CD V-742 Dosimeters and 1-CD V-750 Dosimeter Charger.

It's interesting to note that FEMA didn't find it necessary to put a low range (CD V-700) in the "standared kit for fallout shelters." There is a note though in the CPG 2-2: Additional CD V-700 meters may also be made available in the States for peacetime use to augment the standard sets. Also States and localities may wish to augment the standard sets with other instruments. (FEMA CPG 2-2 Page 2-2)


CD V-777-4 Radiation Kit - Prototype? Never Issued?

CD V-777-2 Kit

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CD V-777-4 Photo From New Age Encyclopedia.

Now here's a real mind-blower! I found this photo in an old New Age Encyclopedia. I forgot to look at the copyright date to see when the encyclopedia set was published but I assume it must have been the very early 1960s or late 1950s judging by what instruments are in the kit. Whenever I come across an old set of encyclopedias I always check the "C" volume to see what it has about Civil Defense. Well this is what I found in the old New Age Encyclopedia C volume.

I was stunned when I realized what I was looking at in the photo. This is a CD V-777-4 kit according to the writing on the label on the end of the kit box. I've never seen a V-777-4 listed anywhere in any documents that I have. Evidently at least one did exist. From what I can tell in the photo the kit make-up is 4-CD V-710s, 1-CD V-700, 1-CD V-720, 1-CD V-750, 10-Dosimeters (probably a mix of CD V-730s and CD V-740s) and 1-CD V-787 Water Standard. Notice the size of the kit box. It's huge.

Also of interest is the (U.S. Army) photo credit and the staging of the photo with the table and curtains as the backdrop. This photo appears to have been taken in the same setting at the prototype sanitation kit and prototype fiberboard water drum photos I have which are also credited as U.S. Army Photos. Actually this CD V-777-4 kit photo appears to have been taken in the same setting and time as the prototype sanitation kit photo because the creases on the curtains in the background are the same in each photo.