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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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Matting wholesale (123)
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Date Posted: 18:02:23 08/19/10 Thu


>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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Frank Peragus (Help)
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Date Posted: 19:19:35 03/24/11 Thu

>Dear Marcus,
I am writing on behalf of my husband Frank Peragus.
He was a marine With the Delta Task Force in Nam Phong in 1972 also.
I also need info about Agent Orange being in Nam Phong.
The VA needs this info. He has battled many medical
conditions including cancer and PTSD. Please help and
tell me if you ever got any info on this
Thank You,
If I find something I will write back
Mary Ann
>>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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Bruce Gouldsberry
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Date Posted: 10:27:14 11/28/11 Mon

>i was a sgt. in Nam Phong with H&HS we were at the end of the flight line just off the taxi way for the runway, I have many pictures from there. I do have some health issues, a heart attach in Jan. 2011 and a second issue in July of 2011, also had 4 mini strokes, no history in my falily, I have lots of pictures from the Rose Garden if that will help in any way. I do know of a guy that I knew in high school that died about 5 years ago fron cancer who was also there. Please give me a call so we can talk. 630-229-8002 or bgouldsberry@houghtonintl.com
>>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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Author:
Harmon Snipes (Lookin for information also)
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Date Posted: 06:43:40 12/14/11 Wed

>>i was a sgt. in Nam Phong with H&HS we were at the
>end of the flight line just off the taxi way for the
>runway, I have many pictures from there. I do have
>some health issues, a heart attach in Jan. 2011 and a
>second issue in July of 2011, also had 4 mini strokes,
>no history in my falily, I have lots of pictures from
>the Rose Garden if that will help in any way. I do
>know of a guy that I knew in high school that died
>about 5 years ago fron cancer who was also there.
>Please give me a call so we can talk. 630-229-8002 or
>bgouldsberry@houghtonintl.com
>>>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.
I am also trying to gather information on Agent Orange use in Nam Phong. I was in the Special Forces camp adjacent to the Rose Garden in 1972. I have suffered from several unexplained medical problems for years. In July 2011 I had a heart attack and was informed I have ischemic heart disease though no real family history. I am the youngest of five and the only sibling with these problems. I have submitted an agent orange claim on my heart disease, but no determination yet. I would be glad to help in any way I can and am also looking for more information.

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Author:
James Jordan
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Date Posted: 17:46:41 06/29/12 Fri

>>>i was a sgt. in Nam Phong with H&HS we were at the
>>end of the flight line just off the taxi way for the
>>runway, I have many pictures from there. I do have
>>some health issues, a heart attach in Jan. 2011 and a
>>second issue in July of 2011, also had 4 mini strokes,
>>no history in my falily, I have lots of pictures from
>>the Rose Garden if that will help in any way. I do
>>know of a guy that I knew in high school that died
>>about 5 years ago fron cancer who was also there.
>>Please give me a call so we can talk. 630-229-8002 or
>>bgouldsberry@houghtonintl.com
>>>>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.
>I am also trying to gather information on Agent Orange
>use in Nam Phong. I was in the Special Forces camp
>adjacent to the Rose Garden in 1972. I have suffered
>from several unexplained medical problems for years.
>In July 2011 I had a heart attack and was informed I
>have ischemic heart disease though no real family
>history. I am the youngest of five and the only
>sibling with these problems. I have submitted an
>agent orange claim on my heart disease, but no
>determination yet. I would be glad to help in any way
>I can and am also looking for more information.
I hope this will help I was a cpl usmc at the rose gardrn 1972 i was part of a unit that came from japan also support group linebacker delta force ect I was assingned to bulk fuel div fueling fighter aircraft i saw the thick jungle or were it use to be i mean it was gone nothing but dirt football fields level what ever was used to clear the thick for the base and the kill zones i dont know but i do kno that agent orange was used in this era i mean what makes vegitation disapere in only a few days?????? I always thought it was agent orange but i think ther some bull s somewere here I got problems myself blood feet lungs ect ect hope this helps James Jordan USMC

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Author:
Ron Conley
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Date Posted: 08:15:54 09/02/12 Sun

Department of Veteran's Afairs: Add the classification of "presumptive" for Thailand veterans by John Gagnier

Duvall, WA

The VA finally admitted after years of denial that they had used the same deadly type of herbicides containing Dioxin, on bases in Thailand for security purposes. But, the Thailand vets are not afforded the same classification of "presumptive" that their diseases were caused by their exposure to the deadly toxin as their counterparts who served "boots on the ground" in Vietnam even though they are suffering and dying from the exact same diseases. And because it has taken so many years to finally get their cases heard, they are running out of time because of their ages



Petition Letter



Petition Letter
>>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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Author:
ken blanchard
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Date Posted: 07:56:05 11/10/12 Sat

i was also in nam phong from early 72 tilldec 72 when i was 18 years old.at age 36 i had bladder cancer and at 53 years old i had a kidney removed>Department of Veteran's Afairs: Add the classification
>of "presumptive" for Thailand veterans by John Gagnier
>
>Duvall, WA
>
>The VA finally admitted after years of denial that
>they had used the same deadly type of herbicides
>containing Dioxin, on bases in Thailand for security
>purposes. But, the Thailand vets are not afforded the
>same classification of "presumptive" that their
>diseases were caused by their exposure to the deadly
>toxin as their counterparts who served "boots on the
>ground" in Vietnam even though they are suffering and
>dying from the exact same diseases. And because it has
>taken so many years to finally get their cases heard,
>they are running out of time because of their ages
>
>
>
>Petition Letter
>
>
>
>Petition Letter
>>>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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Former Marine Sergeant Pat Bailey (H&S-15 1973 Supply)
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Date Posted: 22:21:52 06/08/11 Wed


Please contact me.



>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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
John J. Toni, Jr., Capt. USAF, retired (Waiting Mode!)
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Date Posted: 09:02:00 07/09/11 Sat

Check out this posting from the VA on a recently declassified study of herbicide use at bases in Thailand: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp

Currently, the VA is claiming that only "security personnel" who worked along perimeters of Thai airbases and sites are included; I see this as another attempt by the VA to deny, deny, deny! In the end it's all about MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

Nam Phong is not on the list at this point; however, I believe it should be. I have been fighting with the VA for years and even before this report was released, I asked them to consider me for compensation based on my duties along the perimiter of Udorn RTAFB and my TDY to Nam Phong; they would always deny any compensation because they said duty had to be in Viet Nam for any of the presumed illnesses associated with agent orange use and refused any notion that agent orange or other dangerous defoliants/herbicides were used outside of Viet Nam and just recently Korea. I could never prove I "touched foo" in Viet Nam even though I had.

My most recent claim for compensation has been with my regional office of the VA for almost a year now and is in the "decision" phase. I,m still waiting, waiting, waiting!!

In my view, the VA is NOT a friend of the Vet, they go out of their way to deny, deny, deny! They claim they are just carrying out the "law of the land". The VA fought "Blue Water" Viet Nam vets for years to avoid paying compensation and spent untold millions of dollars in doing so; the VA did prevail in the end when the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. (Peake vs. VA, I believe?)

I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB from April of 1969 until Spring of 1970 and was TDY for a time to Nam Phong RTAFB as a Security Policeman; this was long before the Marines deployed there. We provided airbase security for the bare-base T-28 and C-47 training that was going on there. We had a very nice trailer compound with a Thai cook, Thai guards, a medic and full shower facilities; the water was pumped in from a pipeline that we also provided security for. The source of the water was several miles away. Nam Phong's runway and high-speed taxiways were built prior to 1970 and I was told were designed for the F-111 aircraft. For reasons unknown to me, the F-111 aircraft deployment never happened; however, the runway and taxiways were completed as well as a few hangars, some ramp space and our trailer compound which I believe may have been used by the engineers building the base. I do recall seeing plans for what the air force base was going to look like when completed.

I observed a number of techniques used at Nam Phong to keep vegetation under control including livestock, mowing, and spraying of unknow defoliants. I recall seeing the vegetation turn brown and die.

Hope this info is helpful.

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[> Subject: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Ronald L. Howington
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Date Posted: 09:28:56 01/01/12 Sun

>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.


Marcus: I was staioned at MCAS Rose Garden from June 1972-July 1973. I have also started having health issues regarding type 2 diabetes, numbness in wrists and hyper tension issues. I was assigned to VMFA 232 and remember being billeted within 20 yards of the perimeter , down hill from the Sick bay and 20 yards from the club. I also noticed that there was no vegatation growing from the wire several yards to the edge of the jungle. I am just now researching claims for myselfto the VA regarding these issues. Any and all information you can share is appreciated.
Semper Fi.
ronald Howington MSgt USMCR(ret)

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Author:
Bruce Gouldsberry
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Date Posted: 12:56:10 07/17/12 Tue

I was with H&HS in Nam Phong from August 72 to July 73. I was part of base ops and we lived and worked on the primeter. I do have pictures of the wire fence 10 feet outside of my Hootch. Not a thing was growing there and I'm willing to share these pictures with anyone if it will help there case with the VA. I have also filed with the VA for health problems. Bruce>>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.
>
>
>Marcus: I was staioned at MCAS Rose Garden from June
>1972-July 1973. I have also started having health
>issues regarding type 2 diabetes, numbness in wrists
>and hyper tension issues. I was assigned to VMFA 232
>and remember being billeted within 20 yards of the
>perimeter , down hill from the Sick bay and 20 yards
>from the club. I also noticed that there was no
>vegatation growing from the wire several yards to the
>edge of the jungle. I am just now researching claims
>for myselfto the VA regarding these issues. Any and
>all information you can share is appreciated.
>Semper Fi.
>ronald Howington MSgt USMCR(ret)

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Author:
David A. Koren
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Date Posted: 18:40:00 05/06/12 Sun

>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.


I was station in Nam Phong Thailand in July and August of 1973, when I arrived at the base I noticed the complete lack of vegetation on/and around the base. I have since been diagnosed with the following diseases Ischemic heart disease, Myocardial infarction, hypertension, sub aortic stenosis, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, I also have 2 heart stents, type II diabetes, Peripheral neuropathy, Lymphedema(in my left leg below the knee), have had to have my gall bladder removed, have had kidney stones remove twice and may have to have it done again as I have at least three of them, and a constant ringing in my ears. All of these are listed as presumptive diseases for the exposure of Agent Orange. Nam Phong is not listed as one of the Royal Thai Air Force bases that are considered for exposure to Agent Orange, this could be because the base at Nam Phong was not a Royal Thai Air Force base until the Marines left there. All of the information I can find about the base is that it was a dense jungle until the US Air Force sprayed Agent Orange to clear the land, and then the Army Corps of Engineers went in and constructed the runway. After they had finished then a detachment of Marines and Sea Bees arrived and started laying the matting for the aprons. When this was completed then the Marine air squadrons began arriving for duty.

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[> Subject: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
ken blanchard
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Date Posted: 04:41:28 05/28/12 Mon

>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.
iwas also in nam phong in 1972 iwas a grunt,i got bladder cancer at a young age 34 years old and got my kidney removed at age 50.i was also wondering about the use of agent orange in nam phong. when we got there the only people there where seabees

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[> Subject: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
John Tabarrini (Another Marine who needs help with this)
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Date Posted: 22:23:04 01/15/13 Tue

Fighting with the VA as we speak concerning Defoliants ( I was told we need to start using this term, because if you call it agent Orange, and they used another form of defoliant, they will deny you)...TypeII, neuropathy etc etc...gall bladder out all the same BS....If we could find one of the guys who applied the defoliants and the bug spray from the trucks that drove around the newly bulldozed area...or might have pictures of the supply area where it was stored...that picture and testimony would be GOLdEN in resolving all our claims. jpwoody@verizon.net >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: Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong


Author:
Mick linley (Plane captain vmfa-115)
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Date Posted: 12:03:40 02/08/13 Fri

I arrived at the Rose Garden in early July of '72 in the middle of the night, with task force delta. I do have some pretty fond memories of my time there, but my health started going bad in 1975 or around that time. I received a medical discharge in 1977 bad knee, just recently have had other issues with my health. Good luck finding an answer and I do mean that respectfully>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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