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Unfortunately, there is likely no recourse. First, you'd have to prove that his death was service connected. Was he in the army at the time of death? Second, because this happened in 1953, the statute of limitations would almost certainly preclude a lawsuit. Finally, under the Ferris line of cases, he/his heirs would be precluded from a negligence suit related to his enlistment.
You can petition the VA as his heir, but because of the time that has lapsed, I wouldn't predict much success.
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