While doing duty serving in vietnam the planes were loaded up at times with agent orange to spray the agent orange around vietnam jungles we were exposed to the agent orange which got on the surface of the planes we handled during recoveries. Potential exposure of ground troops in vietnam to agent orange and 2,3,7,8-tetrachiorodibenzo-p-dioxin (tcdd) remains controversial despite the passage of 30 years since the vietnam war because of uncertainty over the serum dioxin levels in ground troops at the end of their service in vietnam. 3 selected chemicals used during the vietnam war this chapter discusses three groups of chemicals used by the us military in vietnam first and in greatest depth, the committee reviews the use of tactical herbicides, such as agent orange, which is the focus of this report.
The enemy hid in jungles/forests agent orange destroyed those jungles/forests the chemical was later replaced by rome plows (bull dozers fitted with. One of the most shameful legacies of the vietnam war is the us military's use of the deadly defoliant agent orange/dioxin the military sprayed it unsparingly over much of vietnam's land. The agent orange story is one of massive exposure of civilian and military populations to toxic chemicals once thought safe few studies exist of the long-range health effects of the vietnam war on soldiers, civilians, or the general environment. Agent orange is a toxic chemical herbicide that was used from about 1965 – 1970 in the vietnam war it was one of the main mixtures used during operation ranch hand operation ranch hand was intended to deprive vietnamese farmers and guerilla fighters of clean food and water in hopes they would relocate to areas more heavily controlled by the.
Agent blue(ch3)2aso h, obtained by the oxidation of cacodyl, and having the properties of an exceedingly stable acid is one of the rainbow herbicides that is known for its use by the united states during the vietnam war killing rice was a military strategy from the very start of us. Chapter 24: the vietnam war study play domino theory agent orange an herbicide used as a chemical weapon during the vietnam war to kill vegetation and expose enemy hiding places us military bases, and towns they attacked the american embassy and presidential palace the tet offensive showed that the viet cong could launch a. Vietnamese nationals and a vietnamese organisation representing the victims of agent orange brought a case before us court against several us-registered companies that were deployed by the united states military during the vietnam war.
Herbicides including agent orange were sprayed by united states forces for military purposes during the vietnam war (1961– 1971) at a rate more than an order of magnitude greater than for similar domestic weed control. Agent orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical, one of the tactical use rainbow herbicidesit is widely known for its use by the us military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, operation ranch hand, during the vietnam war from 1961 to 1971 it is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-t and 2,4-din addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin. The vietnam war is the most controversial war in united states history from the bay of tonkin, to the draft, vietnam often debated in the united states one of the instances that made vietnam so controversial was the use of agent orange in south vietnam. Navy shipboard vietnam cancers linked to water revised on 10 april 06 wed 22 mar 2006, page 003 by: simon kearney sailors who served on naval ships during the vietnam war have been told their ships' drinking water, which was contaminated with agent orange, could be causing their cancers. Agent orange was a powerful mixture of chemical defoliants used by us military forces during the vietnam war to eliminate forest cover for north vietnamese and viet cong troops, as well as crops that might be used to feed them.
The use of agent orange during the vietnam war continues to cast a dark shadow over both american veterans and the vietnamese published on may 11, 2014. In addition, va has determined there is evidence of exposure to agent orange for air force and air force reserve members who served during the period 1969 through 1986 and regularly and repeatedly operated, maintained, or served onboard c-123 aircraft (known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent during the vietnam era. Agent orange probably wasn't used, but at several maintenance facility throughout germany tanks, trucks, etc were either repaired or junked and thereby put the soldiers and civilians at risk.
However, if you can show on your dd-214 and other military service records that you served in thailand during the vietnam war, regardless of the branch you served in, these 7 steps will help you prove exposure to agent orange on those bases. During the vietnam war, the us military stored more than four million of gallons of herbicides, including agent orange, at the military base that is now a domestic and military airbase. Abandoned us military bases in vietnam the vietnam war was the costliest and most controversial military campaign in american history and was a war that defined a generation and branded a decade this kind of operation required massive structures of war to be built on enemy soil. During the vietnam war, agent orange was chemical herbicides used from 1961 to 1971 by the us military which cooperated with republic of vietnam (south vietnam) against the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) to reduce military enemy cover in thick forest areas.
Agent orange – named after the orange stripes on the barrels used to transport it – was used extensively by the us military to remove forest cover and destroy militia crops from 1962 to 1971 during the war. During the vietnam war, kerry was a swift boat captain in the waters off the mekong delta, where he told this reporter for the first time in 2004 that he was exposed to agent orange. Controversy about the use of agent orange erupted in 1969 when reports appeared that the chemical caused serious damage to humans as well as to plants late in 1967, with 485,600 us troops in vietnam, westmoreland announced that, although much fighting remained, a cross-over point had arrived in the war of attrition that is, the losses to.