This undated photo provided by Jody Poirier shows her husband, Ron Poirier in his Marines uniform. Ron Poirier couldn't escape the feeling that his cancer was somehow a punishment. As a

 

              This undated photo provided by Jody Poirier shows her husband, Ron Poirier in his Marines uniform. Ron Poirier couldn
This undated photo provided by Jody Poirier shows her husband, Ron Poirier in his Marines uniform. Ron Poirier couldn't escape the feeling that his cancer was somehow a punishment. As a young Marine electronics technician at Camp Lejeune in the mid-1970s, the Massachusetts man figured he’d dumped hundreds of gallons of toxic solvents onto the ground. It would be decades before he realized that he had unknowingly contributed to the worst drinking water contamination in the country's history - and, perhaps, to his own premature death. "It's just a terrible thing," the 58-year-old veteran said shortly before succumbing to esophageal cancer at a Cape Cod nursing facility on May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Jody Poirier)