MSgt LeRoy Foster, USAF, RetiredI am the veteran who is like Larry Carlson but I handled, mixed and power sprayed AO herbicides on Guam for ten years during the vietnam war. I know about the cover up and the denials. Veterans were kept from talking to one another and to keep things in the dark. The VA did not want other veterans to know what Admiral Zumwalt testified in 1993 and they didn't want vets to know what Dr. Michael Sovick testified either who later became IOM AO Director before Dr. Mary Paxton. Dr. Sysfres of the University of Guam was wisked away when he discovered the amounts of TCDD Dioxin in Guam. They didn't want this known nor wanted to scare away the tourist trade from Japan, China, etc. The coverup of AO herbicides in the theater of operations is huge as well as in the United States and Canada which is coming out in the news.
Lcpl. Micheal B. Amo, MinnesotaI was stationed in the USMC Redistribution and Disposal Unit at Camp Foster in Okinawa during 1968 & early 1969. This was basically a junk yard and I was a general warehouseman and rough terrain forklift operator. Our work included handling the contents of sea-land containers coming from Viet Nam back to us with contents such as soiled blankets, shot up flak jackets and the like. These items were covered with agent orange, dried blood, maggots, etc. and we would hand extract and fold/search and secure these items for hours at a time until each container was empty and sorted. Motor vehicles were also handled and searched in our junk yard, with no use of gloves or other protection. During 2010 I applied for service connection for agent orange exposure on Okinawa during my 13-month tour and was denied compensation for chronic prostatitis (age 20 when acute) as well as diabetes. The reason for the denial was that there is no evidence that agent orange was ever on the island of Okinawa. Funny how the truth eventually comes to the surface.
dale gauldenI was stationed at camp foster in 1971 3531 motor vehicle operator 3rd force regiment. We had two 55 drums on the back side of motor pool/ware house. we would mixed diesel and the weed killer (agent orange) before we put up fence around motor pool. The native islanders would also spray it on yard to hold down the dust. We use to spray the snells and spiders(just dump ass marines something to do). I want and have wanted to fill but was told waste of time that I would be turned down. I am fixing to try and retry to get benefits. Got out in Dec. 1971. IN 1972 0r 1973 debetic II, heart cad 1980, lost teeth by 1974. and on Sept. 30,2014 going for biophies on my prostate. Need to find some one help push this for me.
David Louis JohnsonI always knew my physical and mental health issues had more to do then just exposure to Jet Fuel exhaust and vaccinations; always wondered about Agent Orange. Recently found a new Facebook site, CCK Air Base, Taiwan. In conversation with others there, found one TDY C_130 inspector who asked the question when first got to CCK, what is the oily stuff on the wings. he was told, oh just Agent Orange, no big deal. Came across one who came to CCK after me, he found out that the Mosquito spraying unit had been written up for not cleaning its spray tanks after spraying herbicides, was it Agent Orange of 2 4 D or etc. So we went around the base breathing in more then DDT or Etc. The other day ran into a Viet Nam Vet who had been TDY to CCK Air Base, a maintenance mechanic for C-130s, he asked after arriving what is the yellow green powder in the wheel well area, was told, residue left over from Spraying Agent Orange. Today at Golden Corral, came across a Navy Cook who served 3 tours in Nam, he said everyone knew that the Taiwan Air Force Bases were know for their spray runs of Agent Orange.
Robin R PoeStationed at Camp Hansen Feb 1972 thru July 1972 exposed around the base and in the Northern Jungle Training Area. We were at a bunker and I have pics of several drums laying around and other Marines spraying the Jungle around us, we would also use drums as outhouses then burn the waste with diesel and left over herbicides and human waste. And I now have ischemic heart disease inverss psorias filed a claim 2013 Denied Agent Orange never on the Island.
David R carpenterI was a Marine stationed at Camp Courtney in Okinawa. My job processing and interacting with other marines. I can in contact with all of the exposures to Agent Orange. Since then I have had a stroke, hole in my heart, hypertension, prostate problems, more. I really need some help.
Michael J DaltonI was at CCK in 1971 374th fuel specialist jp 4 fuel on tarmack. Have type diabetes, Hart attack, We at Clark AFB and at,Wright Patterson in Dayton Ohio for 3 mouths in for mental evaluation . had been addiction to valium and canal for years, have seen a psychiatrist for over 20 years and befor it I had seen a priest when I 1ST got out of AF also have a bad rash on my chest. I have a compensation hearing come up at the VA. I do REALLY think I have been exposed to Dixon Poison thank you Michael Dalton
Albert R. BraxtonI served on Okinawa 1968-1970 with the 420 Medical Company and worked with the Preventive Medicine unit close to the main hospital up on the hill. I did work all over the island south to the northern most area where the dam was being constructive. Did surveys at Naha on ship decks and the below deck holding areas for all kinds of chemicals. I worked with industrial hygienist and sanitation engineers as well as other enlisted soldiers. Witnessed backpack spraying around the barracks schools and Kadena Airbase and many places where I did surveys. The smell was strong and offensive. The spraying killed vegetation everywhere. Visible that it was not water being sprayed. I certainly know the dioxins -agent orange was being used in the sprayers. The solution always came from a container filled from a barrel. Many time locals who wanted a real paying job did a lot of spraying around the barracks many times in my eighteen months duty. Soldiers sprayed as well including me around our small office not far from the hospital in Sukiran. I have since had a quadruple coronary bypass, plaque psoriasis and hypogonadism low T medical issues. I feel that my medical issues are reflective. Of Agent Orange exposure while serving honorably in the US Army on Okinawa.
Thomas LuckenI am a veteran of the Korean DMZ! Many of us who served on the DMZ after the current presumptive dates (68 to 71) are battling A.O. related illnesses. Now the Army and VA claimed A.O. was used only in 68 and 69, and along the southern boundary of the DMZ! CDC and EPA also claim that the half-life of the Dioxins last 25 to 100 years, (1969 + 25 = 1994!!!! Many of us who served on the DMZ in the 80s, started suffering from neuropathy alone in our 40s, let alone all the other issues! I have a son who has spinal bifida and a 3rd kidney!
Michael Henry JacquesI was assigned to the 461st Combat Defense Squadron as an air police security officer in Amarillo, Texas from 1963 to 1967. I went TDY with the 461st Bombardment Wing B52's and KC 135's from Jan '67 to June '67 during operation Arc Light on Andersen AFB, Guam. During that time the scope of my duties was to provide security of the personnel, aircraft, weapons, flight line, etc. These duties caused me to patrol on foot and vehicle, the perimeter base fencing both inside and out, the flight line ramp/aircraft, the remote gates, bomb, chemical, fuel, etc. I have witnessed and experienced the spraying of herbicides in these areas. I walked, sat, ate, drove, and occasionally was exposed to the visible herbicide mists never thinking of or being advised that these chemicals were toxic to us. We were never issued protective gear. Long story short. In 1995 I was suffered a heart attack, Ischemia diagnosed. In 2009 I was diagnosed with an abdominal soft tissue sarcoma, had surgery/radiation. I filed for VA benefits in April 2015 after discovering AO was the herbicide sprayed. Was denied by the VA Aug 2015, am appealing but not confident. Both diseases recognized by the VA, but deny spraying AO on Guam. Stay tuned.
Bill WilliamsI am reluctant to get involved in this Agent Orange issue but my heart and common sense tells me to tell the truth. I was stationed with the 306th Bomb Wing Safety Office in 1966 when I was presented with orders to be stationed TDY for 180 days with the 4252 Strategic Wing at Kadena AB Okinawa. I arrived in Sept 1966 with a Lt Col Davis and was assigned to the Air/Ground Safety office as a Admin. Specialist/Safety Tech (we did not have a Safety Tech assigned). After a few weeks the Safety Office was notified of a forklift punctured 55 gal. drum in the storage yard. I was told to drive down with the Major to gather information and complete a safety report for the records. When we arrived a drum with an orange stripe (Herbicide Agent Orange) was on the ground with a forklift puncture near the bottom of the drum and it was rolled on the side with the hole up to keep it from draining on the ground. There were two airmen standing in the puddle of herbicide trying to lift the drum. The major asked me to help them lift the drum up so the hole would be on the top. I did so and the liquid splashed on my hands, arms and shoes. There was an old towel on the forklift that I wiped my hands and arms. We collected the data off the drum and the cause of the incident, the purpose of the chemical and use. When typing the report I was told to refer to the chemical as AO Herbercide and present the report to Col. Davis the Safety Officer. He filed the report in the safe for classified materials and not the normal filing cabinets. He told me the report was to be safe guarded until the Air Force requested the file. I never thought much about it until the late 70's when I started reading reports of the dangers of the dioxins. I have never been sick (that I know of) from the AO I came in contact with, so I have never filed a VA claim. In 1967 my supervisor informed me that I had been requested to fly with him TDY to the 4258th Strategic Wing to work in the Operations Center scheduling KC-135 flight crews for missions and in April 1967 B-57 crew missions. While at U-Tapao Air Base I noticed the same 55 gal. drum with the Orange stripe stored on base. In late April I was returned to Kadena Air Base and back to the 306th Bomb Wing at McCoy AFB.
Bill WilliamsI made a typing mistake of the following, (scheduling KC-135 flight crews for missions and in April 1967 B-57 crew missions) The corrected statement should be ( scheduling KC-135 flight crews for missions and in April 1967 B-52 crew missions). Thank you, Bill Williams
KenLike carlson I also served with the 44th trans co.and did the exact same thing and have been diagnosed with is chemical heart disease which is one of the smypthons related to agent orange and I was with the unit in 1968 and the same thing was being done then still(exactly) been denied by va over and over (help in any way?)