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Exposure of Military Dog Handlers To Chemicals
Hazardous Exposure To Malathion & Other Chemicals.
Dog Handlers & other military personnel exposed while stationed in South-East Asia and other tropical areas. "In humans, symptoms of acute (short-time) exposure to malathion may include the following: headache, dizziness, nausea, abdominal cramps, blurred vision, muscle twitching, respiratory depression, and slow heartbeat. If exposure to malathion occurs in very high doses it may result in unconsciousness, convulsions or even death. Long-term exposure may result in damage to the nerves leading to poor coordination in arms and legs. Malathion affects the central nervous system, immune system, adrenal glands, liver, and blood." The VA has acknowledged that spraying occurred outside of Viet Nam and will accept properly documented claims. Thailand veterans are winning VA appeals. Be determined, and file an appeal, if you are turned down. NOTE: BOLD & UNDERLINED names are email links to authors of entries.
Chemical Exposure Information

Subject: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Marcus Knowlden
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Date Posted: 20:16:08 08/21/09 Fri

In May 1972 a small group of Marines from Iwakuni, Japan were sent on a mission known as "Task Force Delta". We didn't really know much about the mission that was ahead of us. We were told it was in support of Operation Rolling Thunder and the Operation we were involved in was called Operation Linebacker. We couldn't tell family or friends anything about it. We arrived in May 1972 at what was known as MCAS Rose Garden, which was a Royal Thai Air Force base in Nam Phong Thailand. I was with the MABS-15 SATS 7011 crew living right beside the runway in a large tent. A year earlier the Army Corps of Engineers had constructed the concrete runway. I am certain that the government had used Agent Orange to clear the jungle foliage in preparation for this construction.

You could see that the foliage that was remaining had been sprayed and looked pretty sick.

It was ungodly hot and taking my turn laying AM-2 matting. We worked night shifts because of the heat. We worked with the Seabees setting up the flight lines and some adjoining taxi ways.

When we arrived, we didn't have the luxuries of home (hot shower, hot food, bathroom). Water was rationed and we weren't allowed to use it for showers. Our showers came from the afternoon monsoon rain as it fell from the skies. Yeah that runway was populated with naked marines with their soap nnd shampoo in hand.

Our main job was Short Airfield for Tactical Support. SATS. We would catch aircraft after landing on the runway after it grabbed the arresting gear with its hook. Subsequently we were required to install, maintain, and operate the M-21 Arresting Gear installations at both ends of the runways and at mid-field.

There was nothing there when he arrived except a field tower and two make-shift maintenance shops to provide ATC Support, and limited maintenance for the landing c-141 Tri-Star and C-5A Galaxy aircraft that we landed in. As soon as we had laid out the aluminum matting flight line we started recieving C130 Hercules Cargo and Refueler Planes. Within a week we had a TAFDS Fuel farm going and the Phantoms, Intruders and Skyhawks were flying in and Setting up for business. Oh yeah, Air America was flying in and out daily even before the Squadrons arrived.

To make a long story short. I began filing a claim for PTSD three and a half years ago. In the process I have been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type II, and I believe I have neuropathy in my feet. I have been requested by the VA to provide evidence of exposure from Agent Orange for my claim.

I could use any assistance from Nam Phong Vets that could help me verify that Agent Orange was definitely used as I suspect and have been told.

A US Marines Veteran friend of mine Randy Ikari recently died, that could have been of assistance to me, as he told me prior to his death that his cancer was caused by Agent Orange exposure a year before I arrived when he was providing Security with the Marines while the Army corps of engineers was building the Concrete Runway and Taxiways there.

I do remember eating my C-Rations on a row of barrells that did contain Agent Orange at one time while I was in Nam Phong's US Marine Air Base.

Yeah I know they called it RTAFB Nam Phong, Thailand but lets just tell the truth. The only aircraft I ever saw flown by the Thais were T-28 trainers that would touch n go every day a couple times. That was a US Marine Air Base pure n simple that just happened to be located in Thailand.

Like every thing else they told us, they lie, they lie they lie. I seen a clipping one of my friends family sent to him that said there was 5000 Airmen on that base, but then, I never saw them either. Just US Marines, and US Navy Pilots, arf arf arf, go devildogs. hahahha.

OK Nuff gung ho sap. Any help? I sure would appreciate any documentation or corroboration on the use of Agent Orange in this location.

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Subject: type 1 diabetes and agent orange


Author:
Lyn Palm
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Date Posted: 08:38:06 04/27/08 Sun

My husband was in the u.s. airforce in ubon thailand in late 60's. approx 2years after coming stateside he was diagnoed type 1 diabetic. trying to locate any type 1 veterans that were in the vietnam era. I think it is associated with agent orange, but need proof.

Thanks
Lyn Palm

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Subject: Agent Orange exposure at Utapo AFB ?


Author:
American_Spirit
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Date Posted: 12:52:04 07/11/07 Wed

Between about March to August of 1970 I was stationed there, working the bomb dump (BABs). While there we were advised to decontaminate the bomb casings of anything that appeared to look like "rust" etc. (Officers remarks were that it was required by the "Geneva Convention" in regards to not violating the Germ, Chimical and Biological Warfare stipulations). I was discharged from the active AF in 1970 and felt fine for about five years, then about 1975, I began have what was finally diagnosed as combination of Migrain/cluster Headache sydrome (sever headaches)lasting months to almost a year at a time. I have under gone numerous neurological evaluations and examinations and the doctors can fine no reason for the continued headaches which are non stop. I have had to resort to siezure control medication (prescribed by my neurologist) to prevent constantley reoccurring attacks. Until recently I never assumed Agent Orange could be involved until I saw the notice that it was possbile that it could have spread to thailand as well. (bombs were shipped in the holes of ships along with the agent at the time, so who knows?). Needless to say I would be interested in further information regarding this subject. 30 plus years of headaches is not very pleasent if you know what I mean (OH!, I did finish out my AF career with the AFRS/total 21 years, headaches and all).

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Subject: Operation Power Pack Malathion Spray


Author:
Frank Lossman
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Date Posted: 11:23:54 09/13/14 Sat

I was stationed in Dominican Republic from 1965 to 1966 and have many, many health issues. I know they fogged our barracks every night with Malathion and surrounding areas. Does anyone remember what the aerosol cans contained they issued us? Does anyone know if Agent Orange was sprayed down there? They sprayed Puerto Rico with Agent Orange while we were stationed in the Dominican Republic. Any help would be appreciated. Preparing a claim for Malathion exposure.

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Subject: dixon


Author:
Mary Rouse
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Date Posted: 12:24:48 07/28/14 Mon

look up TCDD, insecticides. has Dixon in it. So exposed to Dixon but maybe not by herbicide. JUST STATE EXPOSED TO DIXON, and how : spraying by where: what base over seas When: how often Your Diseases I suggest all to get lawyers. I am not giving legal advice but we are going to try Hill and Ponton...

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Subject: Re: Agent Orange exposure at Utapo AFB ?


Author:
Douglas E. Nippert (Diabetic)
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Date Posted: 13:48:39 08/06/11 Sat

I was at Utapao for one year in 1975....They sprayed dioxin..Agent Orange all the time...I developed diabetes ..I never took a picture of it....it seemed routine, I lived in a prefab 2 story barracks by the fence perimeter...I still think of that stuff in my throat..The Thai guards went on strike, I was a two striper and had to pull guard duty in the different tower around the base..They were always spraying to try and keep the jungle at bay...I have no idea how to prove it..Doug



>>The reply to your question is definitely. I have
>proof
>>>that it was sprayed on U-Tapao and Korat in June 1972
>>>at a minimum and NKP from 1966 - 1972.
>>>
>>>There will be a report posted later, (when I get a
>>>good copy next week).

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Subject: Nam Phong


Author:
Bruce Gouldsberry (call or email me)
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Date Posted: 21:47:16 07/07/14 Mon

Call me or email I am in the same boat as you along with many others...
630-229-8002

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Subject: KO-KHA Air Statio Thailand


Author:
Robert A King
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Date Posted: 17:50:53 08/12/08 Tue

I took pictures while I was stationed at Ko-Kho Air Station Thailand 1971-72 (15 months). I was in transportation and was there at the transfer of the air station from General Electric to USAF during Cobra Talon. In deed the land was barren and devoid of vegetation.

A few years ago a former USAF service man visited Ko-Kha in 2003 and took pictures. I have his pictures to compare to mine.

I was diagnosed with insulin dependant diabetes in 1988 (37 yr old) and am insulin resistant. I have hypertension and heart dieases, had a heart attack, and a quad-bypass in 2003. I have viterous hemorrages in both eyes, I have neuropathy in both lower legs and both hands. I have arthritis in my spine plus other complicatons. I am 57 years old.

I am interested in help, assistance, or advise to file a claim with the VA.

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Subject: Malathion


Author:
Rod McKenrick (ok)
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Date Posted: 15:09:33 06/12/14 Thu

In 1970 I saw 55 gal. drums of Malathion at Udorn Air Base Thailand. It was sprayed as a fog to control mosquitoes on the base. I can remember the smell. I remember that the drums were in a cage on the main part of the base away from the Flight line. Drums were leaking. I remember this because I was reading about pesticides. I planned and did work on a farm after my discharge. The applications were done by driving thru the resident part of the base. We all breathed the stuff.

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Subject: Phu-mu anyone there 65-67


Author:
Ginny Milgo (no one admits being here)
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Date Posted: 05:01:34 06/06/07 Wed

My husband Chris spent most of his time on the upper base called Phu-mu. They had to truck water, put up the constatina wire, burn the weeds after they hand sprayed them, with the Thai soldiers etc. There was nothing there when he arrived. I have photo's. I also have a photo of a guy climbing up or down the side of that cliff if you are out there and see this contact me. Every time we think we have a person who remembers him or may have even been there they disappear. We know that he was doing things other than his MOS. but there is no record of it anywhere.
We have been fighting this battle since 1999, finally have the his claim at the appeals board in DC. Between it getting lost, not being Flagged etc. We are now waiting for there response. One home has been lost, maybe another.
If anyone was there on Phu-mu. Or remenbers Chris Milgo, or any of these guys he was with PLEASE contact me.
Porter, White, Wessle, Vasquez, Valentine, Jackson, and this man was named Negretti. He apparently and was in wars prior to Viet Nam, and had received a purple heart. Also any Ford Philco guys that may have been there during the dates mentioned above. Also these 2 airmen and CHris were friends, Airmen John Newcome, Robert Mason.
Chris' APO was Campfriendship but was at most of the bases at one point or another. He did 2 tours.
Can't find anything on anyone.
STRATCOM LONG LINE BATTALION
Thank you
Ginny

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Subject: AO in Thailand


Author:
Frank Gillern
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Date Posted: 16:16:03 01/28/07 Sun

I was stationed at Camp Cloudy 68/69 The camp was located at coordinates 17 degrees, 8 mins 33.07 secs N Latitude and 103 degrees, 59 mins, 01.81 E longitude.

I remember the nightly "foggings" for mosquitos. I cannot say with certinty that AO was used at the camp. However we had constant troubles with vegetation growing up around the perimiter. We burned it, we cut it. Nothing worked for long. Finally one day it was sprayed from the back of a truck.

Nothing grew there again during my time there.

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Subject: Request info on agt orange use at Takhli Thailand effecting AF Sec. Police K9 handlers


Author:
steven kinney
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Date Posted: 16:02:04 08/25/10 Wed

I am searching for any information re: exposure to agt orange or any other herbicides at RAFB Takhli, Thailand, 1969-71, including any info wherein Vet. Admin has made awards, what evidence was used. Also, I read somewhere that someone on this site had put together a disk which had copies of over 800 pages evidence which could be used. Any help would be appreciated.

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Subject: Ko Kha Air Station


Author:
Bob King
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Date Posted: 19:14:11 03/22/12 Thu

Update to my message posted in 2008, my health is still declining. I have had back surgery and a spinal fussion, multiple infections resulting in a mid-foot amputaion Nov 2010. In Dec 2011 was diagnosed with Angiosarcoma a very rare sarcoma cancer proven to be caused by carcinogens such as herbicides - Agent Orange.
Am writing congressman Tim Walberg to add Ko Kha to list of Thailand Military Bases that had 'possible' exposure on and ner perimeters between 28 Feb 1961 to 7 May 1975. see http://publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/militaryexposure.asp

Also USAF lost my recaord for Thailand and Guam. were you records also 'lost'?

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Subject: Claims for Herbicides in Thailand


Author:
Kurt Priessman
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Date Posted: 19:01:33 04/05/09 Sun

Just to let you know, we have had great success for security police and dog handlers getting compensated for exposure to herbicides in Thailand with DEROS between 1970 - 1974. So far we have 3 from U-Tapao, 2 from NKP, 1 from Korat, 1 from Udorn, and 1 from Ubon.

We have quite a few working including 3 more from NKP, 3 from Korat, 2 from Ubon, 1 from Udorn, and another from U-Tapao. Additionally, some are getting PTSD from the attacks there. Earlier tours (pre-1969) are not being approved, and unfortunately, I have nothing about Tahkli.

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Subject: Diabeties Type II and my failed claim process


Author:
Gary Weeks
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Date Posted: 07:29:36 06/12/07 Tue

Last year I was diagnosed Diabetis type II by my private physician. After speaking with a couple of friends at work I went to the VA clinic, which I've been to few times due to service connection of my knees and trying to work a claim for sleep apnea, and informed them of my doctor's diagnosis. They asked me to provide them with documentation from my doctor which I did and never heard another word. I filed a claim with both the V.A and DAV and they disallowed the claim. I'm tired of fighting for for something that I didn't earn but, was exposed to by my service to this country.
Since I've been retired I have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea (VA says not connected because diagnosis was after discharge even though there were no test done before retirement), and now diabeties. The last time I spoke with a VA rep he told me to have a medical review of my records by a doctor, now how am I supposed to be able to afford that, since I don't think I would trust a VA doctor to find anything in my favor.
The V.A. has not helped DAV cann't be reached or only calls back knowing you will get the message after they are closed. I give up. I have to work to take care of my family I don't have the time or money to fight you any more. I gave this country 24 years, why is it that I have to prove anything (I'm guilty), I was there behind the fogger as it went around the perimeter, eating my box lunch as it went by, I drove the perimeter and flightline every night I was stationed at NKP from Mar 75 to Oct 75 and then during days at Korat until Jan 76.

Suggestions, recommendations, points of contact anything will be welcomed. Since I work full time it is hard to get things accomplished because of my work but, anything anyone could provide I would be grateful. garylweeks@suddenlink.net

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Subject: Korat Air Base '64 and '65


Author:
Gerard Morin (Jerry)
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Date Posted: 18:04:35 11/14/06 Tue

I hope Harold (Bob) Davies can read this. Reference http://www.voy.com/106064/145.html?z=1 . The following message was my response to Bob.

I have the same photo which was taken of the officers' 'swimming pool' taken in front of the hootch as is displayed in black and white on the web. ("Agent Orange in Thailand?") I took a similar photo, however with pilots actually sitting in the yellow floating device that pilots who ejected over water would climb into. (I have been diagnosed by the VA most recently as having 'Early Stage Alzheimers Disease', so forgive me for not being able to think of the correct word. This is in addition to what was mentioned in my message to Bob. Add 'rash' to the list. Someone from DAV asked me recently if I've had a rash and I said 'no'. While I was driving home, I gave second thought to it and realized I have had rashes periodically where I itched like crazy and scratching it would only made it worse. This would occur on the underside of my arms from hands to elbow; also on the inside of my legs, from knee upwards. I didn't give it a second thought as possibly being a symptom of toxic exposure. But it is true, I've had rashes, pink prickly areas of the skin at different times for quite some time. (I'm drifting away from what I wanted to say.)

I have a colored slide of the same 'officers swimming pool' and the dark area you see on the web next to whatever they're sitting in, is orange. Why just in that area? How strange. Orange dirt next to the officers pool, then I realized what would happen when the pool was emptied. It would wash the top soil away and expose what was underneath, soil contaminated with Agent Orange.

Bob mentioned dirt being brought in after Camp Nasty was cleared for hootch construction. All I remember was that there was jungle growth when I arrived and within two weeks or so, there was Camp Nasty with hootches, shower, chow hall, etc. It seemed like someone had taken a vaccuum cleaner and sucked up all the jungle growth in what appeared to be a perfectly squared or rectangular area. All dirt, no vegitation within Camp Nasty. No piles of earth within the vicinity which would indicate the useage of heavy equipment to clear the area.

Tonight I thought about the orange spot next to the swimming pool and it suddenly struck me that what happened in all probability was that the pool was emptied and the water washed away the dirt that was hauled in. That explains the organge dirt in my photo. What else could that be? The water pressure from the water being poured out simply washed the top soil away to expose the soil beneath which was sprayed with Agent Orange.

I also have aerial photos of both Camp Friendship (Army storage depot) and Camp Nasty (Air Force) taken at that time. Several were taken from a helicopter with a red ball shaped fire extinguisher which hung under the aircraft as it followed the 105s down the runway as they were taking off. Great shots.

The ones of Camp Friendship were also taken showing the storage area in great detail. There's a section which appears to have several drums of who-knows-what in storage. I will get the slides put on a cd and will zoom in on those areas.

I have all my military records to prove that I was assigned to Korat Air Base at that time. I'd like to hear from anyone who was also stationed at Korat at the same time I was and who have health issues similar to the ones I presently have or had (prostate cancer in 2002). I can be emailed at ns4109hwy1@yahoo.com. --Jerry

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Subject: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
J. Weber
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Date Posted: 14:53:36 05/05/14 Mon

My husband was in Nam Phong 73-74. He has Parkinson's disease, which his neurologist believes is related to AO exposure. We are in the process of appealing his denial of benefits with VA. I am very interested in getting a copy of the DD form 173 mentioned in your post. You can contact me at ajw462@cox.net. - Thanks!

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Subject: Herbicide exposure in Thailand


Author:
Jan Tice (sad)
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Date Posted: 16:51:18 02/01/11 Tue

My husband was stationed at Udorn Aug 1971-1972. He is battleing major health problems after 26 years in the Air Force. He has been denied any VA compensation for exposure to herbicides. If anyone has any information that can help us it would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Ubon/ TDY to Viet Nam


Author:
Walter L. Felty
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Date Posted: 11:59:21 01/31/11 Mon

I am writing this for my husband and don't have all the facts will get them as soon as he can give them to me. He was stationed at Ubon during the Viet Nam conflict. I was sent 180 days back to back to Viet Nam. How do I prove to the VA claims people I had boots on the ground. That is what I have to do to further my claim. Have Diabetes Type II, Aschemic heart disease. I was assigned to the 8 TFW, in supply. Thank you for any help.

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Subject: Hercide Exposure Utapao, Thailand


Author:
Kitty Slover (Searching)
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Date Posted: 07:58:12 03/16/11 Wed

Although my husband, Edward Slover, was not in the seurity forces or a dog handler, he was stationed 635 Supply Sq, Utapao from Jul 68-Sep 69, died last May from Parkinsonism Plus. I am trying to gather information or someone who can and will attest to exposure to herbicides. As you probably already know, the VA accepts Parkinsonís as one of the presumed service related diseases if a veteran set foot in Viet Nam or served in security forces/dog handlers who patrolled base perimeters in Thailand. Ed was NCOIC of the automotive warehouse, inside and outside storage for part of his tour and as a supply inspector for part. There is absolutely no family history of neuro diseases for many generations so I believe his disease and subsequent death were related to herbicide exposure. I would sincerley appreciate any help one can give. Thanks so much to all of you who have and are serving...as a wife I truly appreciate all that you and are going through.

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Subject: base defense in thailand


Author:
wayne
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Date Posted: 14:34:49 04/10/09 Fri

Agent Orange was used in Thailand, this report show where AO was used. I used this report in appeal to Board of Veterans Appealin December 2008. Now My agent orange appeal is with the appeal court for Veterans claims in D. C. Have a attorney to fight this claim for me in the appeals court.

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Subject: Nam Phong 72-73 USMC


Author:
tom nolen (So So)
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Date Posted: 16:09:18 03/31/14 Mon

Hopefully this will be some help. There is a reunion for Task Force Delta coming up may be you could contact them and get some help,just a thought. The name and number of the guy that is helping with the reunion is John Tabarinni 951-880-3634 rosegardenmarinesreunion.com I haven't checked in on Agent Orange from there, would like to hear from you if you do. I'll see what I can find out about it. Good Luck SF

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Subject: Herbicedes Korat Thailand


Author:
phillip flatt (help)
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Date Posted: 04:57:44 03/10/14 Mon

I was stationed on Camp Friendship Jan-Dec 1967 with the 379th Sig Bn. I need buddy statements concerning perimeter guard. I also need the flight routes from Oakland to Bangkok and return. Does anyone have info regarding stopping in Vietnam on the way over and returning?

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Subject: A/O and bug spray


Author:
Robert Williams (Veteran USAF 8Th Security Police Ubon Thailand)
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Date Posted: 07:49:42 02/28/13 Thu

I was stationed at Ubon , Thailand with the 8th Security Police sq. I know for a fact there were bug spray sprayed right behind our open air barracks. The wind would even blow it on our blankets.Our barracks were on the premier of the base. Our latrines always had opened doors. Right after spraying late at night there were dead bugs including RICE bugs dead on the floors. This was in 1971-1972. here is my e-mail address bob_betsey@verizon.net. I have Diabetes problems with circulation nurophy of feet legs.

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Subject: AO at Udorn


Author:
Joe White
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Date Posted: 16:28:16 02/08/08 Fri

I was at Udorn Feb '69 to March '70. I spent a month as AP Augmentee. I now have Diabetes 2, Psoriatic Arthritis, an enlarged liver and spleen. My brother was at the Army post just down the road. He also now has diabetes and psoriasis. So far, the VA is deenying our claims based on Haas vs Nicholson (the case for the Blue Water Navy). I just thank God we haven't had the problems some of you have. I loved the posting re the K-9 necropsy. If that can be nailed down, that truly is the smoking gun.

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Subject: Proof of exposure to Agent Orange


Author:
Doris
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Date Posted: 06:27:46 06/06/13 Thu

My husband David Land died of 4th stage lung cancer Aug. 29 2010 and he was stationed in Ubon Thailand from May 17th 1973 to April 19 1974 and I am trying to get VA benefits since he died of lung cancer. Like so many of you the VA wants me to prove that he was exposed to Agent orange. I would like a picture of the base. My husband was attached to the 8th Organizational Maint. SQ Ubon Afld, Thailand ( PACAF ) he was an aircraft maint. person and worked on the flight line which reading these posts was really close to the perimeter of the base and I could almost say he was exposed. I would appreciate any help pictures other members of this Organization etc. I am also looking for a guy that had a nickname of "Spider" Dave said he was last know to be in Florida so Spider if you are out there please contact me. Thanks to all

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Subject: awarded Herbeside exposure Ubon Thailand


Author:
.Robert Williams (Its about time Ubon vets recieved exposure)
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Date Posted: 16:12:24 10/15/13 Tue

Was just awarded Herbeside exposure at Ubon Thailand Aug 1971 -1972 assigned to the 8th Security police sq. All these years I have suffered with leg pain & dibeties. How many of you remember spraying of bug spray at night out side premeters and barracks??

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Subject: AO Use @ Ubon RAFB, Thailand


Author:
Wayland Martin (Friustrated - Need Hel;p)
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Date Posted: 18:50:55 02/06/14 Thu

Served at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand in 1970-71. Continuing to appeal that my contraction of diabetes, diabetic retnopathy & macular edema, kidney disease & numbness in legs & feet as a result to AO exposure during that period. Even though the VA knows that AO was used & stored on Ubon as well as a loading site for missions, the burden of proof of exposure is still a problem for the personnel that served there. Would anyone have proof of or pictures of the fogging or spraying for mosquitos & insects and weed control around the barracks and other areas on base. Any help or direction would be a blessing.

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Subject: Agent Orange


Author:
Jerry L. Riverssa
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Date Posted: 14:15:08 12/28/13 Sat


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Subject: Herbicides at NKP and VA approval


Author:
Ted (Any VA approved claims)
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Date Posted: 08:07:08 12/22/13 Sun

NKP Fuels QC, I fuel sampled every aircraft, truck, storage tank at NKP as I was it for 10+ months during Tet. I also fuel sampled crashed Forward Air Controller Cessna O2A at the NKP perimeter in the treated area.

Any help in appealing my herbicide exposure to Va (IHD, pheriferal Neuropathy, pre-diabetes) would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Subject: exposure of agent orange around permiter and in the base foliage


Author:
Carlos Castillo 96FMS (Dissapointed that this was not known)
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Date Posted: 05:09:21 11/02/13 Sat

I'am a veteran,that has peripheral leg neuropathy. I AMBULATE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A CANE. I HAVE ISCHEMIC RT CORONARY ARTERY AND OTHER PROBLEMS. I'am homebound veteran,that is trying to attain compensation for these problems caused by exposure to this herbicide.I served my country,now the issue is, Will my COuntry rectiprocate in taking of us UTapao veterans with Health issues???

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Subject: agent orange


Author:
William Childers
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Date Posted: 07:51:27 11/02/11 Wed

In 1972 I was at Udorn for six months in the 432 Security Police Sq. after leaving there and going home I got cancer in 1977 and now I have type 2 diabetes. I have been talking with the VA for 20 years and getting no where. Does anyone out there have any kind of info about Udorn using agent orange? The VA wants me to do their work for them and not help in anyway. I need all kinds of omfo to give them, including medical info that it even causes cancer from medical doctors.

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Subject: Agent Orange


Author:
Danny Steinbeck (Upset)
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Date Posted: 14:03:00 01/26/13 Sat

I was stationed at NKP Thailand in the Security Police 1972-1973. I am now 60 years old and have many health problems. I was tested for Agent Orange in May 2004 and was told I was OK at this time but I would get something, Unknown what or when it would happen. Their were 1640 cops in the Country of Thailand and the government NEVER told anyone to this day that they were at risk of getting sick.I think it sucks that they knew this and it was not disclosed. I have filed a claim and waiting for there answer. Is there anyone else who was there when I was? I was on the tiger flight and wan the the swing shift and I was a SGT and was assigned to charlie sector most of the time. Please contact me with any info you have?

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Subject: AGENT ORANGE INFO IN KORAT


Author:
JOHN WINTON
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Date Posted: 15:22:13 09/01/08 Mon

REQUESTING INFORMATION REGARDING USE OF AGENT ORANGE IN KORAT THAILAND.

ESPECIALLY INTERESTED TIME FRAME NOVEMBER 1968 THROUGH JUNE 1969.

THANK YOU,

JOHN WINTON

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Subject: Malathion Exposure


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Richard S. Dickinson
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Date Posted: 13:14:57 04/04/13 Thu

I was stationed at Clark AB 1969-1970, 6200 SPS K-9 Section. I remember that we dipped our dogs in a tub that contained Malathion to help with ticks, etc. Has anyone experienced any problems from doing this and or have filed a claim with the VA for that exposure?

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Subject: Melathion and other chemicals


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Therese Dignard (Dealing with severe health issues.)
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Date Posted: 17:17:50 05/12/07 Sat

Melathion and other combined pesticides were commonly used on the Bases that I was at in the late seventies and early eighties. As dog handlers we were exposed to the mosquito prevention spraying multiple times per night, all through the bug season. Also, since we slept in the day time and worked nights, the buildings were sprayed with us in them. They would come through and spray our rooms and under the beds while we were in them. Often, we had to get up and vomit or leave the buildings to sleep in our vehicles because we coudl not breath. This occurred both stateside and in southeast Asia. As dog handlers we regularly used the industrial level chemicals to dip the dogs in. Rashes and burning eyes and skin were common. A dog handler who was cross trained over to the chemical pesticide handling squadron said that he is not surprised with the issues he sees amoung dog handlers and other troops, as Melathion and other chemicals were in those used in that period as well.
I have been dealing with health issues now since when I was on active duty, and fighting the system to get help for them. They refuse to acknowledge that anyone other than the Nam Vets in the warzone were exposed.
Wish you all luck. Feel like my life has become just a 'surviving' experience, as the years pass and pain and health issues worsen, I feel like those of us in that Nam era and just post it, are left unhelped. I see dog handlers'with children who are handicapped, and many are also dealing with severe pain and health issues. Wish that something could be done. It's exhausting to fight such a system where the people in charge are faster to blow you off, than help. The VA doesn't know how to "listen" or help much. Some days, only despair remains. My quality of life is meager. Seems such an unfair price for my once young zeal of wanting to be patriotic and serve my country in uniform. I loved my job as a dog handler, but, as my muscles were having spasms, and other health issues rolled in, I could no longer do my job. Since the military hospitals were quick to just 'think' that I was trying to get out of work, and did nothing to help me, I chose to leave the one and only job that I have ever loved (that of a dog handler). So, I wish you all well in your endeavors to pursue this case of chemical exposure and it's resulting health issues. If ever you hear that someone can help the rest of us, who are suffering as well, please let me know. As the VA refuses to consider it in our case.
If there's anything that you can offer to help us, and those of us in the same boat to help you, let me know.
It's been a loooooooooooooooong and difficult twenty-seven years of life since I've been dealing with all of these issues, and know many others who are in the same situation as I am, as former dog handlers.
Sincerely,
Therese

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Subject: Newly declassified document proves Agent Orange (AO) and other Defoliants use in Thailand


Author:
John J Toni (Happy & Relieved)
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Date Posted: 13:10:40 07/07/11 Thu

Good news for Air Force and other security personnel who served in Thailand; I can't believe it has taken the VA so long to admit that AO and other defoliants were used in Thailand. The VA is NOT a friend of the Vet.

Check out the following link for details:

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp

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Subject: phucat airbase


Author:
michael a ross (ross)
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Date Posted: 20:37:10 02/14/13 Thu

i would like to add my name to k9 handlers,68-69,dogs name was misty.i have some pictures also.

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Subject: Agent Orange Tahkli


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Larry Budzowski
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Date Posted: 15:06:59 02/23/07 Fri

I was at Tahkli 66=67 and also visited most bases in Thailland. Could I have been exposed?

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Subject: Guess VSPA is already active and on guard. Thanks


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Allen L. Tucker (Sad)
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Date Posted: 13:40:32 09/29/12 Sat

Thanks!
Good to know this Security Police Veteran Organization of those stationed in Thailand and Viet-Nam has been looking out for all of us, getting the information for usage of herbacides in Thailand and Viet-Nam to those who need it the most. Been quite an experience, just wondering how much time we all have. What a brotherhood you have with this forum just what it has been all about. Leave no fallen warrior behind and if he has passed never forget! Need to hear from those guys that were statioined at Udorn 1974-1974.
Thanks,
Allen L. Tucker
432nd Security Police Squadron
Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base 06/1974-06/1975
e-mail:eagleonerecon@yahoo.com

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Subject: Exposure to chemicals and AO


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Robert Gienger (IIt depends on if I am thinking about NKP)
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Date Posted: 16:11:19 07/19/12 Thu

Today I am dealing with Multiple Sclerosis which the VA agrees was caused by exposure or highly likely exposed to Agent Orange. Unfortunately you have to of been diagnosed within the 7 year of being discharged. I guess the VA thinks that you have to be sick right now and not down the future.I know that Agent Orange was used,you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the reason for not having any vegetation close to the outside of the fence line was not caused by the use of Round Up I was stationed at the closest base to Hanoi from Aug70-Aug71 in Thailand..
Good luck to every Veteran out there.






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Subject: Camp Cloudy


Author:
GABRIEL B.MADRID
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Date Posted: 10:49:03 11/03/07 Sat

Looking for folks stationed at or in Camp Cloudy, I was tdy and assigned at this location Aug, Sept,Oct??? 68
Trying to find real mission experts, I have been denied PTSD based upon my failure to produce documents that the military has conviently misplaced. request any and all information, I also did a whole bunch of convoys from the south to the north.
Gabriel B.Madrid
medic 91B20
madrid.is.gabriel@gmail.com

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Subject: Re: AGENT ORANGE INFO IN KORAT


Author:
Carroll Adams
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Date Posted: 17:09:09 04/26/10 Mon

>REQUESTING INFORMATION REGARDING USE OF AGENT ORANGE
>IN KORAT THAILAND.
>
>ESPECIALLY INTERESTED TIME FRAME NOVEMBER 1970 THROUGH
>JUly 1972.
>
>THANK YOU,
>
>Carroll Adams

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Subject: Agent Orange in Florida


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Peter Norton
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Date Posted: 13:27:26 08/08/10 Sun

Do you have information about agent orange use on the pan handle of Florida? Thanks for you help...

Peter Norton, MSgt USAF (ret)

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Subject: agent orange NKP Thailand


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Jim Coplin
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Date Posted: 12:36:53 09/24/10 Fri

I'm looking for help/testimonies that agent orange was sprayed at or missions were flown from NKP Thailand.

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Subject: Agent Orange Use at Ubon


Author:
Hank Howard (download The Exclusion of Thailand Veterans. PDF)
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Date Posted: 00:18:16 11/06/11 Sun

A REPORT TO CONGRESS
INEQUITIES IN TREATMENT
OF VIETNAM VETERANS
THE EXCLUSION OF THAILAND VETERANS
Presented by
Thailand Vietnam Vets for Equity in Treatment

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Subject: agent orange


Author:
allen boyden (task force delta)
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Date Posted: 12:02:35 09/19/11 Mon

hep c skin condition

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Subject: Need help with any info that would help in my appeal to the VA.


Author:
Marvin R. Atchison Jr.
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Date Posted: 22:58:29 08/06/11 Sat

I need to file an appeal with the VA, and I need any information related to Agent orange being used near or on Ubon Rtafb Thailand from Feb. 1967 to Feb. 1968. In June of 2010 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer, stage 3. I also have type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy. Its been so long that I don't remember anything that would be helpful to me, so I'm reaching out hoping to get some help. I worked in the Comm/Nav shop. They mentioned in my rejection letter that my job duties did not put me working near the perimeter of the base, and I do remember the perimeter fence was only a few feet from my shop, where we caught the base bus to travel from barracks to the work shop several times a day, depending on shift schedule. I'm assuming they are admitting the use of agent orange around the perimeter of the base. If I had a drawing of the base showing the perimeter would be helpful.
I would appreciate any assistance.

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Subject: Ubon Thailand- Agent Orange


Author:
Pat Miller (Help)
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Date Posted: 21:51:40 08/06/11 Sat

Saw your forum recently and need your help. My husband was stationed in Ubon 1967-68. After returning, the next year, he developed Type II Diabetes and lost teeth due to this. He now has many medical problems: Polyneuropathy,
Prostate Camcer just to mention a few. At this time we are gathering medical reports for VA & will be signing up for Agent Orange. If you can assist us with any proof of agent Orange during that time, we would greatly appreciate it. We also had a 30 yr old nephew die who was based at Udorn. I suspect the same with him.
I am very interested in reading your 150 page report.
How many miles is Ubon from Cambodia? I grew up in the south where crop dusters came over the fields. When it was windy the spray went every where but on the crops. Could this have also happened with Agent Orange?
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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Subject: Phu Mu


Author:
Thomas P. Widmer (PO'd)
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Date Posted: 07:28:19 05/31/11 Tue

Howdy, Don Harmon! I was stationed at Phu Mu from October of 1973 until sometime in late 1974; I was a Federal Electric tech controller; my boss, the FEC site supervisor, was James M. "Wimpy" Wincer, and I also knew the US army sergeant in charge of the site, Terry Colvin. I too am showing signs of Agent Orange exposure (COPD); I probably got double-dosed because prior to the Phu Mu assignment I worked on the flight line at Udorn (Sgt., USAF, radar weapons systems tech on F-4s). Never heard of Operation RanchHand while I was stationed there, or about how the Udorn Security Police had done autopsies on their deceased canine buddies to figure out why they were all dying of cancer. Gotta wonder what else they didn't tell us.

I am preparing to file a disability claim with the VA and would greatly appreciate any advice/suggestions/contacts/supporting evidence you may be able to provide. Sorry to hear of your medical issues; the "war" that wasn't never really ended, did it?

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Subject: herbsides


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Richard vivio
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Date Posted: 17:51:29 04/05/11 Tue

I was a sentry dog handler at Utapao from 1970 to 1972 and walked the fence line for two years. I just recieved disability from the VA due to Diabets and Hyper tension. So if you were a Sentry dog handler and have these conditions I would apply to the VA. You will get your meds and any other treatment that you may need at no cost or very low cost.
I thought I would pass this info on

RV
USAF 68-72

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Subject: re agent orange


Author:
cpl barry sanders
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Date Posted: 10:25:56 03/07/11 Mon

huraa My fellow friend I was there in may of 1972 with the 3rd fsr eng bat.USMC Mos 1341 heavy equipment mech and operator. I was one of the 1st marines there from our unit, sleeping on the ground for the first few weeks. I also was denied a claim from the VA for exposure to agent orange, wich i saw equipment spraying chemicals to the outside prem of the base. We dozed the jungle,,uel dumps ammo dumps roads and tents. I do not have any proof that Agent orange was used but need any one who has any info or proof I have Diabetes, also Ischemic heart Disease with 3 stents and other problems

Semfer Fi to all Thanks for all the Help

Barry Sanders Cpl USMC

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Subject: Chemical Exposure


Author:
Fred D. Freeman
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Date Posted: 15:46:39 12/09/10 Thu

I was a sentry dog handler stationed at Udorn RTAFB in 1969. I handled Silver 41MO. I was diagnosed with merkel cell carcinoma in 2008 in my left calf and had extensive surgery at the site. A biopsy revealed a malignant tumor. One year later in a routine petscan a hotspot was found in my left groin oddly enough where the sentinel lymphnode was removed a year earlier. More surgery this time revealing a large malignant tumor the size of a carrot. In a VA Compensation and Pension Bulletin dated May 2010 Thailand vets were addressed with special emphasis on dog handlers. I assigned power of attorney to the DAV in Montgomery and won my case in 12 days, and was upgraded from 40% to 100%. I am at stage 3 cancer and have had 30 Radiation treatments at Keesler AFB Ms. I live in Fairhope, Alabama. I hope this posting may help other vets. I feel all of us who served in Thailand got a pretty raw deal when it comes to recognition and benefits. God bless you my brothers who served and if I may be of assistance please write me. Fred D. Freeman Ssgt. USAF Security Police K-9

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Subject: Re: Agent Orange exposure at Utapo AFB ?


Author:
Rick Macina
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Date Posted: 19:53:58 09/28/10 Tue

>The reply to your question is definitely. I have proof
>that it was sprayed on U-Tapao and Korat in June 1972
>at a minimum and NKP from 1966 - 1972.
>
>There will be a report posted later, (when I get a
>good copy next week).

I need proof of Utapao AFB being sprayed with Orange, and if it affected Camp Samaesan next door.

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Subject: camp friendship 1966-1968, Death of a GI , at mess hall


Author:
gary goodrich (p.t.s.d.)
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Date Posted: 10:50:16 08/25/10 Wed

A GI E-4, I think,got electocruted, at the 442nd mess hall around July 1967, his bucket hit the top wire, he was dead when he hit the ground, pretty sure his until was the 207th signal com. (tropo) / 379th signal battalion, I need this GIs NAME and exact date he died, any help on this PLEASE email goody04073@yahoo.com

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Subject: Re: Agent Orange and Brain Cancer


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kaye steger
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Date Posted: 20:17:48 06/13/09 Sat

My husband died from a cancerous brain tumor in 2004. He crawled through agent orange in Vietnam.....I also fought the va regarding this and got nowhere. It wasn't on the "list". I will keep fighting as we always thought it was caused from ageant orange. I would like to hear from others. kaye

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Subject: Thanks for Information and Forum


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Rhea Snider (Happy most of the time)
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Date Posted: 21:05:19 03/10/10 Wed

Husband after filing a claim in 1997 for lung cancer, peripheral neuropothy of upper and lower extremities due to Agent Orange and he is now on dialysis is finally going to get another hearing. I want to thank you and the forum for providing useful information for me to keep going, he is now legally blind> He doesn't have diabetes. My worry, our daughter has developed or had all along an internal staph infection in her body for years and years, she has little immune system and sick with infections most of her life. She is 41 years of age. No one can tell us why. Does any one exposed to chemicals in the Armed Services have grown or deceased children with any of these problems? Again, thanks for this forum.

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Subject: Non-tactical herbicides used in Thailand


Author:
R. J. Saville (Finally)
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Date Posted: 14:29:59 12/29/09 Tue

I was stationed at U-Tapao AB in Nov 1968 through Nov 1969 as a Security Police Sentry Dog Handler. I was finally granted compensation for my Type 2 diabetes. The award letter reads as follows:

"You originally filed a claim for service connection for diabetes on March 6, 2001 which was denied by rating decision of May 22, 2002 because service in country in Vietnam, and thus exposure to herbicides (Agent Orange) was not shown. You reopened your claim for service connection on October 11, 2006 base on the Haas vs Nicholson court case concerning herbicide exposure. Diabestes is a presumptive condition associated with Agent Orange herbicide exposure.

Review of the service treatment and personnel records demonstrates that you were a Security Policeman and Sentray Dog Handler during service. You were located at U-Tapao AB, Thailand. The Department of Veterans Affairs Memorandum for the Record concerning Herbicide use in Thailand during the Vietnam Era notes that while the Thailand CHECO report does not report the use of tactical herbicides on allied bases in Thailand, it does indicate sproadic use of non-tactical (commercial) herbicides within fenced perimeters. Therefore, if a veteran's MOS or unit is one that regularly had contact with the base perimeter, there was a greater likeihood of exposure to commercial pesticides, including herbicides. Security Police units were known to have walked the perimeters, especially Dog Handlers. However, there are not records to show that the same tactical herbicides used in Vietnam were used in Thailand. E-mail from VA Compensation and Pension Policy Staff reports that the chemical content of commercial pestidices/herbicides is similar to Agent Orange herbicides.

You were a Sentry Dog Handler during service and would have been patrolling the perimeter of the Air Base. As such, as indicated in the excerpt above from the VA Memorandum of Records, concerning herbicide use, in Thailand, you would likely have been exposed to at least commercial pesticides.

Hope this helps.

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Subject: AGENT USE IN THAILAND CD REQUEST


Author:
Bob Rowland
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Date Posted: 11:22:01 11/16/09 Mon

If anyone has that CD showing use of Agent Orange in Thailand I would be greatfull for a copy. I will pay postage if necessary.
Bob Rowland
5901 Flaxman St
Pensacola FL 32506

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Subject: 8Th SPS jul 72-jul 73


Author:
Don Chapman (Hurting)
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Date Posted: 16:46:46 03/30/09 Mon

I was stationed at Ubon RTAFB from Jul 72 to Jul 73 My unit was the 8th Security Police Squadron. The things that I've read today 30 Mar 09 sure do ring a bell. Remember the heavy smell in and around the Huts where we tried to get some rest. Worked days and nights while I was there. I worked with a Thai local national named Lek, Setting up slap flares with wire taught against the Constantina which would set off the Flares. The primeter was littered in broken whiskey bottles from the the officers and NCO clubs. The odor was heavy and gave me headaches. Now I have issues with lungs, arthritus, rubbery feeling hands legs and feet. Terrible issues with my feet. ended up doing 20 years in the military and having issues getting help.

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Subject: Agent Orange, it never gets better!


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Robert J. Perro Sr.
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Date Posted: 00:32:03 06/23/08 Mon

I was stationed at Phu Cat Airbase in Vietnam from 1/15/69 t1/15/70. I was in the hospital at Phu Cat for over a month because my body swelled up so much with puss and blood I could not wear clothes. This continued for years after I did file a VA claim. After 32 years, 2002 I was finally awarded my disability claim at 100%.

All I can say is never give up, if you have been exposed and need treatment, you deserve it. I have helped many Vets with their claims since I was awarded my disability. I now have charcot an effect of OA and diabetes that soften the bones and causes them to break or collapse. I now wear a brace on my left side from my foot to my knee every day and may have to wear it for life. So please if you have been exposed get tested.

With all due respect,

Bob Perro

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Subject: Agent orange...need help!


Author:
Patrick M McCormick (Blessed)
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Date Posted: 19:46:43 02/26/09 Thu

Greetings to all.......I have a question. You guys will love this....the request that is..... My hubby Pat, one of you guys, filed for disability today. Docs say he has melanoma, diabetes II, perinapathy, coronary artery disease , he had Sarcoidosis when he first came home from the service, first said it was hodgkins disease. Then we found out that is a starting point for this disease process. It travels to other organs......and can cause other issues....anyway Pat needs to know what the name of the base was in Vietnam that they stopped at on their way to Thailand? The VA rep said if he had something to vouch for that........that will help his case!!!! so I am sending out an SOS ....does anybody????? remember that flight pattern????? Pat was stationed at NKP...1971-72 Please email me at debbiemcco@gmail.com or I will just check back here. I will print whatever you send me......and hope this will be enough!!!!! Thanks so much guys and you are truly a great bunch of people! God bless all of you! and thank you for serving our wonderful country!!!!! and it is wonderful with all of its issues......it is still the best!!!

Debbie

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Subject: Re: Korat Air Base '64 and '65


Author:
William Malloy
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Date Posted: 10:13:24 01/24/09 Sat

I was at Korat several times between 1964 and 1967. Type 2 diabetes is my complication. VA is challenging my contention that AO was sprayed next to the runway at "Camp Nasty". Any photos would be greatly appreciated. I can attest that the jungle next to the runway had been cleared by herbicides. Since I saw c123's (UC123) flying around the area (primary AO spray craft), the only logical conclusion is that AO was the defoliant used.

Thanks for any help!



>>can you please send me a copy of the pictures of what
>you have on agent orange and writeup abount it being
>dis spoused in korat thailand needing proof to help
>me out i was stationed in korat thailand camp friend
>and was in the 31st field hospital need buddies
>letters they say they lost my records on my medical
>paper my stay in the 31st field hospital at camp
>friendship is where i was at or if any can help me out
>i was in the service from 1965 1972 and was with also
>the hhd 379th siginal bn spt also spent 71/2 years in
>service and this is what they tell me help any of my
>buddies out their james j jeffcoat head nurse of the
>31st field hospital were duffy caint remeber her first
>name but that was her name in the army does anyone
>where i can locate her for a letter she can write for
>me being in the hospital

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Subject: Thailand 1970-1971


Author:
David P
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Date Posted: 07:12:33 12/30/08 Tue

I was with the fms/squadron at karot AFB Thailand, thru out the whole pcs tour there i was and acft mechanic working the flight line. due to my duties i was working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, time off base was limited, as the years have past after my retirement in Dec 1988, i have encountered many medical problems from heart attacks to Diabetes II, high blood pressure,. i do believe all this is from the tour in thailand. i have heard from many people through out the years that agent orange were used in vietnam and thailand .

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Date Posted: 21:02:02 12/23/08 Tue

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Subject: Malathion Use At Udorn


Author:
Charles Richard Long (Information)
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Date Posted: 06:35:25 10/18/08 Sat

reading this with interest, I went through the agent orange testing at the VA but they certainly never mentioned Malathion. I worked in the Entomology(pest Control) shop in the 432CES at Udorn. We used Malathion a good deal. The mosquito spraying was Malathion and then we sprayed a liquid mixture for larva control in the standing water in many places and we sprayed the dog runs at the K-9 kennels for the working dogs very regular. I can't remember now but it was either every week, or every two weeks. I even have and old 8mm of us doing the spraying out there one time. I too have health issues like most of us do and can only wonder if there is a connection with any of the chemicals that I used while doing this work.

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Subject: renel cell cancer


Author:
richard m mcclellan
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Date Posted: 14:36:37 06/19/08 Thu

I lost a kidney in 2007 due to renel cell cancer I was stationed at Cam rahn bay air base 12 th aps in jan 1966 and Bein Hoa air base from june1966 till jan 1967 3rd aps I like to know if any one has been awarded va diasibllty for this for agent orange exposer

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Subject: Hep C K9 handler


Author:
Cynthia Brunette (Helpful)
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Date Posted: 17:38:02 04/21/08 Mon

A friend. former K9 handler, has Hep C. He believes it is from the chemicals that were used in late 60/early 70's in Korea. I believe it could be the dog biting someone, exposing blood from the victim. The handler then checking the dog to make sure the animal was not hurt. If anyone or someone you know has received SC for Hep C, please let me know so that I can forward the information. Thank you

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Subject: Agent Orange


Author:
James Duke
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Date Posted: 19:10:33 02/05/08 Tue

I was assigned to "Tiger Flight" at Korat from 69-70. Worked all areas of the perimeter and also out at the Bomb Dump. Sometimes I ran coffee and whatever else I could scrounge from the chow hall out to the positions and dog handlers. There was plenty of dead vegatation all around the perimeter. I now have Type II, high blood, heart stint,neurapathy, enlarged prostrate, anemic, thyroid problems, depression(which gets worse when I take my 14 perscriptsions every morning!)and probably something else that I can't think of right now. After 4 yrs 2 months active, I spent 27 yrs in USAFR (31 yrs total) retiring as CMSgt. I was turned down for VA benefits about 2 yrs ago because, at the time, I MADE TOO MUCH MONEY!! If anyone is having any luck with Agent Orange claims at the VA I would very much like to know. Now that I am retired and broke maybe I get at least get a ID card from those kind folks down at the VA! Oh, by the way, the LTC who was my Commander denied my request for a discharge physical due to "lack of funds". Look forward to a reply from you guys...I've done got myself so mad writing this that I probably won't sleep tonight!

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Subject: Agent Orange et al


Author:
Kurt Priessman, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
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Date Posted: 14:57:28 11/24/07 Sat

I posted on this site more than 10 days ago and it has not appeared. Although I am nearly destitute and cannot afford membership in VSPA or VDHA, I was a K-9 handler at U-Tapao and Korat from 71 - 73. I am the author of Chronology of Herbicides in Thailand. I am also in possession of the declassified document given to John Homa and Bill Cummings recently that confirms AO in Thailand. I would appreciate you posting this so that the many vets who suffer from diseases in the AO Act can know that such a document exists. If you choose not to do so, then I will not visit this site again.

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Subject: Agent Orange


Author:
Steve Solimando (Smando)
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Date Posted: 16:03:59 12/21/07 Fri

I was Crew Chief at Udorn RTAFB in '73&'74 and worked in the Alert Facility,which had obviously been defoliated, for 9 momths. I had prostate cancer in 1999,diagnosed with Type II diabetes in July '07, hypertension, and a possible blood disorder(elevated white blood cell count for at least 7 years). I am looking for anyone who was there at that same time or who may have pertinent information on Agent Orange at Udorn.

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Subject: Camp Utapo


Author:
James Edward Simmons
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Date Posted: 07:19:31 12/20/07 Thu


I was stationed at Camp Utapo in 1971 and a few months after I was discharged I became incontinent of my bowels ever since. I believe it had something to do with my time with Utapo and always thought it might have to do with Agent Orange or some other chemical exposure from my time at Utapo.

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Subject: cloracne


Author:
judi pittman (Happy)
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Date Posted: 22:10:17 11/10/07 Sat

I am very concerned for my husband. He has cloracne . He came ome from viet-man after two tours and his back thighs and face had the worst acne on it. Through th years we have had some treatment and nothing helped. Past four years he has large crops of cyst n face and we have had to have 3 cut out. as for the clorance one va Dr. said it was one of the worst cases of cloracne he had ever seen while another said he couldnot say it was cloracne. I ased him if he being the Dr. could not say that, then who could? How do we actually prove this? My husband was 25 when we married and never had acne before Vietnam. Please let me know how I go about proving this.
Thank You very much

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