Strange But True

Mystery of the Boot Camp Urine Collection Solved While at Boot Camp, Naval Station Great Lakes in 1966 we were instructed in the mornings to urinate in the plastic bags inside the waste containers. Nobody seemed to know why. We found out a few days later after seeing trucks picking them up, that they were being transported to a local test lab for something called (Urokinase) which was extracted from the urine and was used in breaking up blood clots, especially in catheters and in peope with clots in critical organs.The lyctic drug Urokinase is not a waste product. It is secreted into the blood where it helps prevent kidney obstruction by proteins. I'm sure this is only one of the many mysteries of the Military. 

Robert Stilwell

Retired Mfg Supervisor

Member of the Parma Heights Historical Society

Volunteer for Cypress Hospice

Member of the Parma Area Senior Veterans Group

Also involved in many other Veteran Organizations

Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 AM, 05.01.2024