Soldier speaks on Fort Detrick anthrax infection

Bernard "Lefty" Kreh was a soldier in the U.S. Army who was infected with anthrax 50 years ago at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, but was required to keep his story quiet.

Kreh was not allowed to tell anybody aside from his immediate family because of the secrecy of the Biological Weapons Program at Fort Detrick, WUSA Channel 9 reports.

"We grew 1,800 gallons of silicosis, tularemia, anthrax," Kreh said, according to WUSA Channel 9. "And we would concentrate that. I must have had a tear in the suit. I ended up in the hospital with this thing, and my arm actually went black from about my elbow down."

After receiving an antibiotic treatment, Kreh survived his ordeal, though two other men at Fort Detrick died from anthrax infections. Scientists used Kreh to create an anthrax strain known as BVK-1.

"My initials are B.V.K," Kreh said, according to WUSA Channel 9. "I never expected to get an anthrax named after me."

Kreh is telling his story now because he is worried that the recent revelations about experiments at Fort Detrick will give the base a bad reputation.

"At Fort Detrick we were trying to save everybody we possibly could," Kreh said, according to WUSA Channel 9.