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CD V-777 Operational Set

CD V-777 Kit

This is the CD V-777 Operational Set. The CD V-777 Set was designated to be used by fallout monitoring stations according to Chapter VIII, Annex 1 of DOD, OCD publication SM-11.23.2 "Radiological Defense, Planning and Operations Guide" revised March 1967. The Chapter VIII, Annex 1 of this book lists the kit contents as seen above, 1-CD V-700 Geiger counter, 2-CD V-715 Survey Meters, 2-CD V-742 Dosimeters and 1-CD V-750 Dosimeter Charger. The FEMA publication CPG 2-2 dated Sept 1991 also has a contents list for the CD V-777 kit. The CPG 2-2 document has the CD V-777 kit contents the same as above but with 6-CD V-742 Dosimeters instead of 2.

CD V-777 Kit Early Version

This is the original makeup of the CD V-777 kit. The earliest contents list I have found for the V-777 kit is in the NP-23-1 Appendix 1, Annex 23 of National Radiological Defense Plan. The contents list in the NP-23-1 consists of 1-CD V-700 Geiger Counter, 1-CD V-720 Survey Meter, 1-CD V-710 Survey Meter, (The CD V-710 and V-720 were later replaced by the CD V-715s in later CD V-777 kits.) 1-CD V-730 Dosimeter, 1-CD V-740 Dosimeter, 1-CD V-750 Dosimeter Charger and a pair of CD V-860 or CD V-870 protective masks. See below.

Requirements for obtaining instruments for monitoring stations from the Radiological Defense Planning and Operations Guide SM-11.23.2 March 1967

Requirements for obtaining operational radiological defense equipment for a monitoring station are:
1. A minimum of two monitors, trained through OCD approved courses, is required for each monitoring station.
    Four trained monitors are preferred so that during the emergency period 24-hour coverage may be maintained.
2. A method of communication (telephone or radio) must be available for the monitoring station to report data to the designated data collection station.
3. A facility location which satisfies the requirements of the planned dispersal of monitoring stations.
4. A facility with a protection factor of 100 or greater must be unilized, if available, in the area needed for geographical coverage.
    A monitoring station may be established at a location having a lower PF.
    However, it must be established in a facility providing the protection available in the geographical area.
A plan should be developed to improve the fallout protection as soon as as practicable.
    Matching funds may be unilized by the State for providing a protection factor of 100.

The applicant must also agree to to train replacement monitors; maintain the equipment in operating condition; perform monthly operability checks; maintain rosters of monitoring stations and trained monitors with their assignments.

CD V-777 Kit With Protective Masks

CD V-777 shipping box. Box is larger to allow space for protective masks.

CD V-777 kit box was down inside of shipping box.

Navy Mk IV mask and bag that came with V-777 kit.

Other mask shown from back.

I obtained an incomplete early V-777 kit that came with 2 WWII vintage Navy Mark IV gas masks. The kit was missing the V-750 charger, V-700 geiger counter and the CD V-730 dosimeter. The shipping date on this kit is July 10 1962. This is the only CD V-777 kit I have seen with masks. I don't know if this Navy mask ever had a CD V number.

Another source of information about the masks is the 1962 Office Of Civil Defense Annual Statistical Report.

The 1962 Report states...
Through FY 1962 , 172,297 masks had been procured. Of these 139,797 were from military stock and 32,500 were from manufacturers. The total number of masks supplied the states for familiarization, demonstration and emergency use was 70,000 and to radiological monitoring stations, 62, 800 at the rate of 2 per station.
Thanks to Nick for the 1962 Annual Report info!
Obviosly the Navy masks that came with the kit above were from the "military stocks" mentioned in the OCD 1962 statistical report.

The shipping address on this kit is "Jefferson County Civil Defense Agency, Golden Colorado." It would appear that this kit was shipped to Jefferson County for use in a radiological monitoring station. On the back of the box written in marker is "2/14" which leads me to believe that it was part of a shipment of 14 kits. The return address is "General Services Administration, CDM Depot, Hampton Iowa."