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Date Posted: 17:46:41 06/29/12 Fri
In reply to: Harmon Snipes 's message, "Re: the use of Agent Orange in Nam Phong" on 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
>>>>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
>>>>that was ahead of us. We were told it was in
>>>>of Operation Rolling Thunder and the Operation we
>>>>involved in was called Operation Linebacker. We
>>>>couldn't tell family or friends anything about it.
>>>>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
>>>>living right beside the runway in a large tent. A
>>>>earlier the Army Corps of Engineers had constructed
>>>>the concrete runway. I am certain that the
>>>>had used Agent Orange to clear the jungle foliage in
>>>>preparation for this construction.
>>>>You could see that the foliage that was remaining
>>>>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
>>>>We worked with the Seabees setting up the flight
>>>>and some adjoining taxi ways.
>>>>When we arrived, we didn't have the luxuries of home
>>>>(hot shower, hot food, bathroom). Water was
>>>>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
>>>>Our main job was Short Airfield for Tactical
>>>>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
>>>>There was nothing there when he arrived except a
>>>>tower and two make-shift maintenance shops to
>>>>ATC Support, and limited maintenance for the landing
>>>>c-141 Tri-Star and C-5A Galaxy aircraft that we
>>>>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
>>>>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
>>>>PTSD three and a half years ago. In the process I
>>>>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
>>>>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
>>>>the Concrete Runway and Taxiways there.
>>>>I do remember eating my C-Rations on a row of
>>>>that did contain Agent Orange at one time while I
>>>>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
>>>>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
>>>>located in Thailand.
>>>>Like every thing else they told us, they lie, they
>>>>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
>>>>OK Nuff gung ho sap. Any help? I sure would
>>>>any documentation or corroboration on the use of
>>>>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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