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Entry: 96672
Subject: LOOK FOE

William Thonpson wrote on November 10, 2018


City and State: ALBERTVILLE AL

Unit: A BATRY 2BN HAWK 71 ARTLEY.

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: How do I find info on people who served there in 70@71

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Entry: 96587
Subject: EXPOSURE TO A DIOXIN (AGENT ORANGE)

Ronald Todd wrote on October 25, 2018


City and State: WI

Unit: AFKN (AMERICAN FORCES KOREAN NETWOR

Service or Relationship: US Army

Comments: I served in South Korea from approx. July 1972-July 1973 with the radio & TV network AFKN. I was in the radio & TV News Department. In approximately, October 1972 through April 1972, I was sent TDY (temporary duty) to the radio station at Camp Casey (near the DMZ). Many years later in May of 2016, I was diagnosed with Castlemans Disease to go along with Type-2 Diabetes, which was diagnosed in 1984. With Castlemans' you have unexplained weight loss (64 pounds 💷 in 5 months & paralysis of part of your body (mine was my feet). I was treated with Chemotherapy every 3 weeks, for what supposed to be the rest of my life. I've been able to stop ✋ the Chemo, but I still have paralysis in my feet. I filed a claim with the VA, but it was denied. I filed for a DRO appeal, but it was also denied . I've now asked for a hearing. Let's keep our fingers crossed 🤞 The VA says that 2 things cause them to deny it: 1) that I served only at the AFKN HQ (of course, there wouldn't be a record of a TDY, and 2) my time frame of being at the DMZ was after the August 1971 time deadline. Any thoughts or suggestions. Your Brother-in-Arms, Ron
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Entry: 96482
Subject: 249TH MP DETACHMENT ASCOM KOREA

Doug Stevens wrote on October 7, 2018


City and State: MI

Unit: 249TH MP

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: Looking for information for Ascom Korea 249th regarding Angent Orange 1969 1970

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Entry: 96456
Subject: MILITARY DOG HANDLERS

jack coovert wrote on October 3, 2018


City and State: FT MYERS FL

Unit: 4077 VETERINARY DETACHMENT

Service or Relationship: us army

Comments: I need help in locating any dog handlers along the DMZ from 1970-1972
I was assigned as a veterinary tech and we handled the exams on the dogs
in the DMZ. There was several of us at a time with the veterinarain.
If you were a handler then contact me to help with my AO Claim.

Jack 239-289-0283

Keywords: dog handlers veternarians



Entry: 96413
Subject: AGENT ORANGE - DMZ - CAMP CASEY

Elisha Deen wrote on September 26, 2018


City and State: MARION IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: I am an attorney working on behalf of an Army veteran who was stationed in Korea from August 26, 1970 through September 4, 1971. The VA has denied his claim stating there is no evidence to establish that he served with a unit that is conceded with Agent Orange.
While a member of C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 76th Artillery USARPAC-Korea, he was stationed at Camp Casey from October 20, 1970 where Agent Orange was being used. This was in the province of Uijonbu. This installation was deactivated and he was then assigned to HHB DIV, 2nd Infantry Division and went directly from Camp Casey to the DMZ, past the province of P’yonggang where he set up an AN/TPS-25 ground surveillance radar right on the 38th Parallel at Radar Site 133. He could reach out and touch the fence at the DMZ. He was on an 8-man team. The rest of the team was sent out from HHB, 2nd INF DIV which he believes to be close or at Kaesong. The team's job at Radar Site 133 on the perimeter of the DMZ was to watch the Enemy North Korean Personnel’s movements.

He remembers the following service members:
Pat Battershell
Tim Frazier
Tim Dorsey
John Johnson
Eddie Cordoza
Spec. Gilore (TX)
Sgt. Brown
Sgt. Tipton
Jason Lovell
David Gurley (TX) (Camp Casey)
Carl Jones (KY)

If any of the listed service members could provide a buddy affidavit to include with his claim, it would be most helpful. We need to prove that he was in fact present at Camp Casey and was exposed to Agent Orange. Thank you.

Elisha Deen
elisha@sielderlaw.com

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Entry: 96234
Subject: AGENT ORANGE 1950

Elizabeth Gagliano wrote on August 23, 2018


City and State: GREENFIELD WI

Unit: USS BOXER

Service or Relationship: Navy

Comments: My father is suffering from meso cancer. I have been to get disability benefits
since 2010. He was on the boxer 1947-1951. I have documentation that white phosphorus which is agent orange was being used in 1949,1950. The 345 nuclear letter. the facility were you would get your food for the ship, fruits and
vegetables. The inside was rotten. I cant get anyone to talk to me. If anyone can help or if I can help you no# and email enclosed.
Elizabeth Gagliano 3325 south 47 street Greenfield, WI. 414-8006429
gaglianos@outlook.com

Keywords: USS Boxer White, agent orange, meso,345, letter, cancer, ship, food, documentation,action,



Entry: 96150
Subject: AGENT ORANGE

James Mcfarland wrote on August 12, 2018


City and State:

Unit: BAT. B 2 BATTERY CAMP, PELHAM ,AND 4 PA PA 1 ,

Service or Relationship: Army 1970--1973

Comments: Well just a up date , well now I ame up two ,21 things rong with me .i go to V. A. All the time. Pillls I got a lot of them .now I not making red blood cells .more pill is ,well I could keep going on ,but who cairs , got my 100 %. Let's see how long I can last .
Just seen that mosanyo just a a gavebig pay out agen, for the same thing .new places, well go figure , 1970 ---Dec. 71.

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Entry: 95939
Subject: A/O - 54TH CHEMICAL DETACHMENT

Ruben Sanchez wrote on July 1, 2018


City and State: PAYSON AZ

Unit: HQ I CORPS, G3, CBR, 54TH CML DETACHMENT

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: My name is Ruben Sanchez - I was at HQ I Corps, Camp Red Cloud from 5/1/68 - 5/31/69, I was assigned as a clerk to the 54th Chemical Detachment and made regular trips to the DMZ, driving unit officers to the area to conduct Boots On The Ground evaluations of the affects of AO in areas where it had been applied. I have a picture of one of my unit members standing in front of a sign identifying HQ I Corps (GP), G3 CBR, 54th CML Detachment but I've looked and been unsuccessful in finding any reference to the 54th Chemical Detachment. I wondered if any of you have come across any information referencing the unit and it's mission?. I have a FOIA request in to the Dept of the Army. Thanks!

In my search I came across the following information that though many have hopefully seen, it may yet be helpful to others:

NOTE: In a 3/19/12 youtube by Tammy Leitner, CBS 5 Investigates (Phoenix, AZ), titled “Toxic Secrets”, The link below will take you to this youtube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XpyE8zNX14

And a second KPHO copyrighted article titled, “Valley veteran blows whistle on burial of Agent orange”, first published 6/14/11 and updated 12/2/11.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/14906593/valley-veteran-blows-whistle-on-burial-of-agent-orange

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Entry: 95867
Subject: FIREBASE 4P1

Jose Zuniga wrote on June 22, 2018


City and State: LAREDO UT

Unit: 1/17 FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY FA

Comments: Need info on how often we crossed bridge to 4p1. I remember it was every month?

Keywords: 1/17 FA



Entry: 95854
Subject: US SENATE BILL S-2038 FAIRNESS FOR KOREAN DMZ VETERANS ACT OF 2017

Gale Neuhalfen wrote on June 20, 2018


City and State: SPRING VALLEY IL

Unit: COMPANY A 304TH SIGNAL BN, CAMP BAKER, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Service or Relationship: 1969/1970

Comments: On October 31, 2017, Senator Jerry Moran(KS) introduced a bill to amend Title 38. Benefits provided by Title 38 cover veterans who served in South Korea from September 1, 1967 to August 31, 1971. Unfortunately, at this time it only covers the veteran who served "in or near" the DMZ. It is a fact that Agent Orange was transported, stored, sprayed or buried all over South Korea. Veterans were exposed all over South Korea, not just on the DMZ.

Below is a list of the Senators who have signed on as co-sponsors of Senate bill S-2038. I am asking all of you to call any or all of these Senators and the US Senators from your home state and tell them, "I SUPPORT SENATE BILL S-2038 FAIRNESS FOR KOREAN DMZ VETERANS ACT OF 2017 AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COVERAGE ZONE FOR PRESUMPTIVE EXPOSURE OF HERBICIDE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL OF SOUTH KOREA, NOT JUST THE DMZ."

Jerry Moran 202-224-6521 Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823 Jon Tester 202-224-2644 Sherrod Brown 202-224-2315 Elizabeth Warren 202-224-4543 Ron Wyden 202-224-5244 Susan Collins 202-224-2523 Cory Booker 202-224-3224 Joe Manchin 202-224-3954 Robert Menendez 202-224-4744 Roy Blunt 202-224-5721 Jeff Merkley 202-224-3753 Don't forget your home state Senators. Call them too!
This bill is probably the only time in our lifetimes that we may have the chance to amend a bill the effects thousands of Korea veterans. Please, call the Senators and voice your opinion.

Keywords: US Senate bill S-2038



Entry: 95853
Subject: CAMP PELHAM

John Cardone JR. wrote on June 20, 2018


City and State: CLARK MILLS NY

Unit: 2ND OF THE 17TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: Correction to the below message. Dates should have been October 1973 to October of 1974. When A Battery rotated north of the Imjin River, the naqme of our camp was Fort Popawana.

Would really appreciate anybody who was there at the same time who would be willing to write a buddy letter for me.

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Entry: 95794
Subject: CAMP PELHAM 1974 TO 1975

John Cardone wrote on June 11, 2018


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: 2ND BATTALLION 17TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: Looking for help with an agent orange claim. Although stationed at Pelham, A Battery was rotated up to the DMZ twice during 74 to 75. Each time we were there for about a month. I was denied by the VA, being told that Pelham and it's units were not on the DMZ, which is true. If anyone remembers the rotations to the DMZ, would you be willing to write a "buddy letter"?

Keywords: LTC Leroy Bell, CPT Philip Millis, SFC Marcel Boiteau



Entry: 95785
Subject: A/O

Stephan Crifasi JR wrote on June 9, 2018


City and State: STERLING HTS MI

Unit: 1ST 25ARTY TAB A AND B BATY

Service or Relationship: Army

Comments: No help from VA Hospital in Detroit was in Korea 1962-63, 65-66, 68-69 and 71-73 on the DMZ 68-69 in the 1st 25th Arty tab A and B Baty I have order.

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Entry: 95576
Subject: AGENT ORANGE BUDDY LETTER - YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS ONE!

Dennis Urban wrote on April 24, 2018


City and State: THREE SPRINGS PA

Unit: CO. B 1ST 9TH 2ND INF. DIV. 1968-69

Service or Relationship: Army - Infantry

Comments: I just received a "Buddy Letter" from a Sgt. William Gary McGuire (now PhD). He
describes in detail the use and spraying of Agents Orange, Blue, and White (Monuron
& TELVAR combined) in and along the DMZ, including spraying it onto the ROADS WE
TRAVELLED EVERY DAY to reduce the dust in the air. I have also added a letter I
received from my Pulmonary doctor talking about A.O. and its side effects. Quite
interesting. If you would like a copy of these letters, simply email me at:
brenden@embarqmail.com Sgt. Den

Keywords: Agents Orange, Blue and White



Entry: 95466
Subject: GRANTED APROVEL FOR AGENT ORANGE

Michael Stoffal wrote on April 11, 2018


City and State: RICHFIELD ID

Unit: 6TH BAT. 80TH ART.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hello To All Vets. I just want to thank all the veterans that helped me get approved, for exposure to Agent Orange. After 5 years of hard work and all the letters written from my buddies I finally was approved for all three cancers I had. I was approved April 2, 2018, and am waiting for the Retinol Office, to figure out what percentage and back pay I will get. SO THANK TO ALL THE VETERANS THAT HELPED ME. HAVE A GREAT AND BLESSED LIFE. SGT. MICHAEL L. STOFFAL

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Entry: 95372
Subject: VEGETATION CONTROL PROGRAM

JIM FURGAL wrote on February 25, 2018


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: 2ND I.D. HHQ

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: If you served along the DMZ prior to April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, https: and want to
get VA health care or file a compensation claim or appeal, you should read this report and
submit it as evidence:

https://www.oprm.va.gov/docs/foia/VegControlProgCY1968Redacted.pdf



It's very interesting that 8th Army acknowledges the use of defoliants by the the ROKs in
1963.

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Entry: 95336
Subject: LOOKING FOR 51ST SIGNAL FRIENDS 1970-1971

Lonnie Pierce SR wrote on February 14, 2018

Email Update Needed



City and State: VA

Unit: 51 SIG BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for I Corp, C Company, 51 Signal BN comrades who were in C- Company at Wijonbu
from 1970-1971

Filing a VA Claim and need supporting documentation

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Entry: 95279
Subject: AGENT ORANGE VETERANS DYING

Jim Furgal wrote on January 25, 2018


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: HHQ 2ND I.D. CHEMICAL

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Although I wrote this editorial as Vietnam Veteran, it of course also applies to any Agent Orange Veteran:

Agent Orange Veterans Dying For A Decision

When President Trump appointed Dr. David Shulkin to become Secretary of Veterans Affairs, a sigh of relief was heard from many veterans across the country and here locally. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on February 13, 2017.

On February 17,2017, Secretary Shulkin received the Veterans and Agent Orange Update  2014 which was prepared by the National Academy of Medicine under contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That update collected dust at the VA for the prior 18 months. The report recommended that bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson-like tremors and hypertension (high blood pressure) should be added to the list of presumptive diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

In March 2017, the VA blog reported that Secretary Shulkin would decide on or before November 1, 2017.

On November 1, 2017 Secretary Shulkin announced his decision. He said he would further explore adding ailments to the list of compensable conditions VA presumes were caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War. It was added by a VA spokesperson that the VA will begin work with the administration to concurrently conduct a legal and regulatory review of these potential presumptive conditions for awarding disability compensation to eligible veterans.

In my opinion, the 1115-page report is clear, concise and to the point. There are no ambiguities, and the case is clear that the scientific evidence supports adding bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson-like tremors and hypertension to the list of Agent Orange presumptive diseases. The problem facing Secretary Shulkin and the Trump administration is quite simple ... COST.

It is estimated that adding these diseases to the current list of 14 presumptive diseases would cost as much as one billion dollars per year.

Therefore, Secretary Shulkin has a simple decision to make; the health of Veterans exposed to agent Orange or the cost of providing health care and benefits for those who sacrificed so much for their country.

Today, another 392 Vietnam Veterans died. Thats close to 140,000 since Secretary Shulkin took the reigns of the VA, many of whom died of the diseases awaiting decision, without getting the health care and benefits they deserved.

James Furgal
VFW Post 9591 Service Officer

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Entry: 95227
Subject: OVER 100% DISABILITY COMPENSATION

James Furgal wrote on January 4, 2018


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: 2ND I.D. HHQ COMPANY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: To set the record straight, IT IS POssible to receive disability compensation above 100%. Take a look at the following VA webpage for Special Monthly Compensation. It is possible for a veteran with a spouse to receive a maximum of $8,676.60 per month.

https://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/resources_comp02.asp

Feel free to email me if you need more information.

VFW Post 9591 Service Officer

Keywords: Disability Compensation



Entry: 95223
Subject: SEARCHING FOR ANYONE THAT KNEW MY SPOUSE

Kathleen Anderson wrote on January 3, 2018


City and State: INDIANAPOLIS IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Search for anyone that might have been in my spouses unit or basic training that remembers him. His records gone d/t the fire at Records dept in ST Louis. His name is Luke Anderson. Afroamerican. Joined up when he was 17 or 18 when he was in New Jersey. Year was 1949 or 1950. He went overseas during wartime to Korea. Remembers waking up and vegetation being dead. Told me he walked to village. Also hit his commanding officer at one point he has told me. His memory is failing him d/t dementia. Trying to get his benefits. Need proof since records gone in fire. This is second marriage for us. So original stuff was lost years ago somewhere. Anybody out there remember him or that can provide some help?? 85 years old now. Also talked about base in TX, and also California.said when he returned that they had him talk to a female psychiatrist. There could not have been many female psychiatrist back then. Anybody remember that person?

Keywords: Luke Anderson, LC, had brother James Anderson that also served about same time.



Entry: 95221
Subject: COMIT

James Mcfarland wrote on January 1, 2018


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Just to say ,you can't get paid for over 100. But just like to have the % on my records.
I did my job ,just like all of us . Now we have people,that were not there,and have no idea what we had to go Throu. But now thay ,lay in jugement over us . I am glad that now I can tell my kids ,it was p t s d . And I was not just nuts going after them or there mother. I have been working on this for years ,now thay are taking me in and giveing me help. I'm not nuts I am sick. I start class nex week and then for 12 weeks after. Mack, the kid . D. M. Z. 70//71. Agent orange,

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Entry: 95220
Subject: GOT 100%

James Mcfarland wrote on January 1, 2018


City and State:

Unit: 7/ 17 ARTY. CAMP PELHAM ,

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Just got my 100% but l I am over I over 200% and I'm still going for my P. T. S. D. Starting, class 2 Jan . Agent orange ,got me .i have bad hart . Cpod. A fine ,and so on, maybe I'll get up to 300%,

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Entry: 95187
Subject: AGENT ORANGE

Robert Savage SAVAGE wrote on December 20, 2017


City and State: RUSTBURG VA

Unit: CO A 4TH MAINTENANCE 197 INFANTRY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Stationed at Kumo-Ri Maintenance yard which was later named Camp Kyle. I would go to dmz to conduct CMMI inspections on radio and telephone equipment.
Contracted infectious hepatitus while in korea. Now I have skin cancer. I was in country 1966-1967 and left just before the Pueblo incident.

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Entry: 95121
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE IN 7TH ADMIN CO, 7TH INFANTRY BATTALION DURIN 1965-1967

Jennifer Scales wrote on November 16, 2017

Email Update Needed



City and State: RIVERTON IL

Unit: 7TH ADMIN CO, 7TH INFANTRY DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi. My father, Gerald Lehman, served at Camp Casey, within the DMZ, and surrounding area in the 7th admin co, 7th infantry division. We are looking for anyone else that served there during this time, or in his unit that is also having problems related to agent orange exposure. He said that he saw it sprayed there, as Im sure many of you saw too. We are in the process of re-opening his disability claim, and are looking for witnesses, or anyone with any info. I did find an Australian study on vets that were in the area during this time frame that were given va benefits there. Otherwise, the va wants a certified geologist to look at soil samples from the university of Korea and state that benzine was in the soil then. Also, we need witness statements, and have to review claims for the last 20 years to see if anyone has won their case for this time period. But what we really need to do is get the law changed to cover all of you guys for your service and exposure to AO, and all of the other stuff they were spraying. Please feel free to reach out to me with any info, etc.. and, thank you all for your service!!!

Jen Scales

Keywords: 7th admin company, 7th infantry division
DMZ
CAMP CASEY



Entry: 95097
Subject: IST CAV DIV 1964 65

roy spiller wrote on November 10, 2017


City and State: JOHNSTON CITY IL

Unit: CAMP ROSE 1/15 ARMOR 1/ST CAV DIV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Has anyone heard about agent orange claims from 1962 to 1966. I am in my 3rd appeal and am looking for new information about herbicide usage in korea while I was there in 64 65. I also heard tonight that the veterans here in Illinois that are having trouble with the VA have a new phone number for an attorney that will fight for you free. That is my next thing to try the number is 855 452 3529 Please contact me if you can help .I served at camp rose korea 1/15 armor 1st cav div

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Entry: 95092
Subject: AO 68-69

Paul Brunetti wrote on November 7, 2017


City and State:

Unit: 13 S&S KOREA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Just got my Decision letter on on my AO clam for type 2 Diabetes, b cell lymphoma in my right eye, and loss of hearing. the first to are because of lack of service in an exposed area. I served at Camp Sears in Korea. as a 92c20 petro lab teck. There was no lab at Camp Sears , but there was drums of chemicals stored there, that i was required to get samples from monthly. I also made meany trips to different areas of the DMZ.
I am going to appeal. My question have anyone used any of the service groups? ie DAV.
I have found pictures of the tree less areas around Camp Sears. and of the DMZ.
Also if there is any one who served at Camp Sears in 68-69 I would love to here from them.
Thanks
Paul

Keywords: Camp Sears



Entry: 95032
Subject: KOREA AGENT ORANGE

Kenneth Kroiss wrote on October 14, 2017


City and State: RIB LAKE WI

Unit: 2/76 CHARLIE COMPANY, CAMP ST BARBARA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Served 1968-1969. Applied for benefits due to cancer related to a/o. Paperwork states many times I was in artillery at Camp Barbara and a/o was sprayed. They want buddy statements stating I was really there. Does anyone remember Kenneth/Ken/Kenny Kroiss from Kimberly WI. I played first base on the camp team, played lots of cards, end of tour I was a dog handler. Please help!

Keywords: Good friend Tim Hughes-can't find him



Entry: 94899
Subject: WHAT INSECTICIDE USED? 1965/68

Ruth Pressler wrote on August 19, 2017


City and State: LEMONT PA

Unit: 526 ENGR CO (PB)

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My husband died 13Jan2013. He had Sleep Apnea, Diabetes Mellitus, Pacemaker, Renal Failure, liver cirrhosis (none drinker)and after he came home we had our first child which was a full term stillborn. Our second child was born and had a child with spinal birth defect. We took his death certificate to the local county VA Office. Holly was extremely nice, explained that all his illnesses were basically those described as Agent Orange. So a claim was filed. Denied, and denied again. I have had various papers that described in the Korean Language and translated into English how to spray the insecticide. All documents were kept. Computer crashed, end of story. I was at the Regional VA, yesterday, the representative printed off several items. One was Veterans Law Blog and the other article was Pollutants found at US Bases in S. Korea possible Agent Orange. The dates listed in the article and the companies listed are basically gospel and all others are denied. My husband hauled sand for the Imjin River and talked with our son about both Camp Stanley and Camp Casey. Our son was there 1990. If you drank water from the river and used out house. then you were exposed. If it wasn't Agent Orange, Agent Blue, or Agent White what was this spray they used up at the DMZ? A

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Entry: 94896
Subject: NIBLO BARRACKS..HAWK MISSILE REPAIR

Arthur Talboo II wrote on August 18, 2017


City and State: THE VILLAGES FL

Unit: 30TH ORDINANCE DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Served in Korea attached to the 30 Ordinance Company (see attached about 30th Ordinance Company) stationed at Niblo Barracks (which was about 17 miles from the DMZ and north of Seoul) from October 1967 to September 1968. Job was to repair continuous wave radars that supported the Hawk Missiles along the DMZ in South Korea. Most times the non-functioning radars were brought into Niblo Barracks for repair. Other times when many radars were non-functioning at the same time, he was sent out to the actual radar sites to make the repairs.
Many of these radar sites were near the DMZ. It was usually only him and a driver who went out to these sites that they were assigned to repair. They would stay out and sleep in their vehicle or on the ground as they went from place to place to make repairs.
At one point, all of the radars were down at the same time, which meant the Hawk missiles were not able to be used. Several of them were sent out to make repairs. They were on the road for several weeks. They were told not to come back until all of our assigned radars were functional. This was when they frequently slept on the ground near the radar and missile sites . One night as he was working on one of the radars with an overhead light, he received sniper fire whizzing just over his head from across the DMZ. He realized then how close to the DMZ he actually was.

This was actually all around the time that the Pueblo was seized and all were put on high alert. Repairing the radars was a top priority. All of the ground around the radars and the missiles was defoliated.

His immediate supervisor was SFC Seizo Hayashi......Platoon Sergeant&..
He does not remember the specific names of any of the other men.

Looking for information:
1.   Anyone else who served in that area at that time
2.   Any information additional information about the spraying of Agent Orange in areas other than the DMZ (ex. Near the military sites close to the DMZ or anywhere other than the DMZ)
3.   Additional information about his service time there that was not included in his general personnel file (have copies of his service file and medical files that were supplied by the VA&very general&.only says he was sent to South Korea, nothing else about what he did
4. Need buddy letters to help support his appeal claim for the VA

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Entry: 94756
Subject: VA CLAIM APPROVED RED CLOUD 1968

Marie Grimes wrote on July 1, 2017


City and State: C

Unit: 51ST MP CO. HQ

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: After 12 years and a lot of struggles my husbands claim was finally approved June 2017. If you've been at this for a while call the VA Complaint Department at 202 530-9470 have them call your local VA District Office in your behalf.

I was told the VA has hired Experts from that time as poor record keeping is now a problem as Veterans try to win there claims.

The VA District Office had shredded along with my husbands claim over 17,000 Veterans Record so all my Buddy Statements and information was gone. I wouldn't have ever found that out if I hadn't of asked my Congressman to see what the status of my husbands claim was.

Don't give up ... stay at it. I even contacted the new VA Director in Washington DC, and I believe that helped.

I wish you all the best and if I can be of help let me know. God Blessing

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Entry: 94755
Subject: VA CLAIM APPROVED RED CLOUD 1968

Marie Griems wrote on July 1, 2017


City and State: REDDING C

Unit: 51ST MP CO. HQ

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: After 12 years and a lot of struggles my husbands claim was finally approved June 2017. If you've been at this for a while call the VA Complaint Department at 202 530-9470 have them call your local VA District Office in your behalf.

I was told the VA has hired Experts from that time as poor record keeping is now a problem as Veterans try to win there claims.

The VA District Office had shredded along with my husbands claim over 17,000 Veterans Record so all my Buddy Statements and information was gone. I wouldn't have ever found that out if I hadn't of asked my Congressman to see what the status of my husbands claim was.

Don't give up ... stay at it. I even contacted the new VA Director in Washington DC, and I believe that helped.

I wish you all the best and if I can be of help let me know. God Blessing

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Entry: 94734
Subject: KOREAN DMZ AGENT ORANGE 78/79

Robert Jones JR wrote on June 25, 2017


City and State: WEBBERVILLE MI

Unit: B CO. 1/9TH INF, CAMP GREAVES

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was with B Co. 1/9th Inf. from 78 to 79 at Camp Greaves and we conducted patrols along the DMZ, manned the Observation Posts, guarded Freedom Bridge, and other missions. I now have a rare connective tissue disease (Mixed Connective Tissue Disease) I believe is related to my time on the DMZ and exposure to Agent Orange/Dioxin. I am going to try to claim this for disability and would welcome any advise or help. I know it is an uphill battle, but I'm going to try anyway.

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Entry: 94631
Subject: CAMP KAISER

Conrad Bose wrote on May 23, 2017


City and State: DUNNING NE

Unit: HEADQUARTERS 1ST INF. BRIGADE

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was a S1 clerk at Headquarters First Infantry Brigade Camp Kaiser from January 1, 1968 to the end of June, 1968. Before that I was an education specialist at Kaiser, starting in May of '66. Today I have prostate cancer which has metastasized. I am trying to get service connected for AO. I just got notice in the mail today that I have to go before a review board next week - May 30th, 2017 - in Lincoln, NE. I have searched the internet and can not find many vets who were at Camp Kaiser. The VA tells me to provide buddy letters or statements proving I was exposed to AO. On Brigade level alerts or maneuvers Headquarters accompanied the combat units in the field. I can remember three separate times I was out with Sgt Peterson driving the S1 jeep pulling a small trailer that contained the command tent and field gear. My S1 Commander was named Wight; the Executive Officer was named LTC Anderson; CSM was named Brown; and the Commanding Office was Dwan....if I'm remembering correctly. If any of this information rings any bells I would sure appreciate hearing from you. Does anyone have advice on other resources or places to get information.

Keywords: Kaiser, AO, Headquarters First Brigade 7th Infantry



Entry: 94558
Subject: JSA

william stubblefield NA wrote on April 24, 2017


City and State: HAMILTON OH

Unit: JSA

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: several years ago I was privileged to have in my hands and inter departmental army
publication, that stated, return or destroy on the front cover and was personally
signed by Westmoreland. it stated that Westmoreland and the army knew ten years
previous to its use in South East Asia that Agent Orange caused cancer.

Keywords:



Entry: 94503
Subject: AGENT ORANGE

James McFarland wrote on April 5, 2017


City and State: DEARBORN MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hay ,to you all. The kid me 17 on the DMZ. 4 papa 1 aph. 105. Td. Camp Pelham. D m z ,
We rotated 10 a month R. C. 4. Town. Son ya rey .something like that .just west of moon son.
The kid ,I would fight everyone. I'm from Detroit. So !
I ask do you remember black mans aley .but no one will talk ..Thay would run out and cut you if you were on that side of the street, I was a U. P. On the gates R c 4 Pelham Motor pool .i did my yo bo in this shack all ways ,,good times. On mane gat I jumped a 2 1/2 to get up north.
At 17. The onley son ,father dide at the V. A. Mans field Ohio. Had to get up to apapa1 for the pay ,we called it combat pay . I think it was 65$. Or so , I reported to the Cap. He said do not right home and tell eneyboudy. You are up here. Well I got the pay and Agent orange I get 30% now. Wateing to go on t v . Get on the docket soon ,today is 4/5 /2017. You know what Thay say d nine. D nine till you die, stand on guard .

Keywords: I could tell you things ,you would think I was nuts. .some men would rotate from. V. Name .at night sometimes we could here .name, when we were on the hill at 4pa pa 1 . Some of them were in bad shape . P. T. S. D . Dope o my God . I could tell you what I seen.all the way back to fort hood .texas . In Korea. I told the Captin I would. Blow his head of. . I got 12 days off and maid the 2 lue driver ,,ha! Ha! . That cap .was goon in 2 weeks ..I did get p t s d from him pulling his. 45 on me ,racked a rond ad put it in my face ,and semd got the frist sgr.
I walked 9 HR on red ide duty no cane , my feet blue up ,,ice. Mud. Snow ,medical gave me 12 days off ,the cap said your 17/. Can't send you north ,your unless to me .i show you my feet ,he said you do and I'll get you for being out of uniform, m. F. My. Uniform,net time I get my m16 I'll blow your head off . Man 12 days at the bar ,started to drink and smoke dope , he was a 90/ wonder, selling Booz and cigarettes from the p X .i have p t s d all these years. But try to tell the v a joke..like A O. It's hard .i had to give a report in Texas Thay can't find it .Ha ha!



Entry: 94500
Subject: AGENT ORANGE; CAMP CASEY

Joseph Taylor wrote on April 5, 2017


City and State: COVINGTON GA

Unit: 226TH SIGNAL SERVICE CO

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I've had 3 mini strokes in the last 3 years and the VA doctors are saying that I have Dementia along with Erectile Dysfunction. I spent 13 months at Camp Casey and have suffered with migraines as well as ingrown hairs where I was forced to shave causing infections to flare up from time to time. Does anyone know whether Agent Orange have caused any of these problems and whether I should file for benefits based on this? I am taking medications because of the depression and my inability to function.

If you have any insight into this, please advise.

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Entry: 94479
Subject: TERRY SANDERS

James Furgal wrote on March 29, 2017


City and State:

Unit: HQ CO 2ND I.D.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Terry,

Terry,

I did not personally take part in any spraying in or around Camp Casey, but I have heard that the perimeter and access roads were sprayed during the summer / fall of 1968. That was just before I arrived in Korea.

However there are cases, which upon appeal, granted compensation to Camp Casey veterans for diseases related to agent orange. Here is an example: https://www.va.gov/vetapp99/files1/9906724.txt

You can do a web search for Camp Casey Agent Orange VA and Im sure youll find more.

Best regards,
Jim

Keywords: Terry Sanders, Agent Orange, Camp Casey



Entry: 94365
Subject: CAMP RED CLOUD KOREA 51ST SIGNAL BN UNJIBU KOREA

Diana ELLIS wrote on February 23, 2017


City and State: SPOKANE WA

Unit: COMPANY A B C 51ST SIGNAL BN CAMP RED CLOUD KOREA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: LOOKING FOR SOLDIERS MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED AT ABOVE UNITS WHO WERE EXPOSED OR
THINK THEY WERE EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE; FIVE MILES FROM THE DMZ!.ESPECIALLY SIGNAL
UNITS! SEMPER FI!

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Entry: 94350
Subject: KOREAN DMZ AGENT ORANGE

Ronald Kotschwar wrote on February 21, 2017


City and State: LINCOLN CA

Unit: 21ST FINANCE ASCOM KOREA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was stationed at 21st Finance ASCOM in Korea from March 1968 to April 1969. We made money runs to several locations including Inchon , Seoul and camps (Casey).

Keywords: 21st Finance
ASCOM
Korea



Entry: 94205
Subject: AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE

Marian Jagiello Clark SENIOR wrote on January 11, 2017


City and State: BOULDER CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: On behalf of my father, Major Walter Albert Jagiello, who graduated from West Point Academy in 1945, Company L, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, General Orders #285, I would like to submit for the record his decline of health after fighting in the Korean War. Father began to have seizures in his sleep shortly after returning from Korea that lasted many years and they progressed as he grew older. Doctors prescribed him dilantin which didn't always help. Later he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease and was treated with intense radiation which cured him. In his later years, he began to have dementia along with several strokes which eventually caused his death. He told my mother he was certain he was exposed to Agent Orange. He was transferred in 1950 to Korea and fought on Pork Chop Hill. Unfortunately he passed away November 11, 1994 and cannot speak for himself so I feel obligated to speak for him. He was awarded the Silver Star for actions during the Korean War.

Keywords: Hill 136, Yong Chon, Company L, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Jagiello, General Orders #285,



Entry: 94180
Subject: CAMP PELHAM

Jim Mcfarland wrote on January 4, 2017


City and State: DEARBORN MI

Unit: B,BAT, 7 / 17

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Still looking for someone from Pelham ,,and going up north too 4 pa pa one D. M. Z. .

Do you have Agent orange ,it is hard to make the V A, understand how we lived in Korea .

Down south ,you had it maid ,I went to solo one time 3 day pas ,I cault a Korea stelling .

Up north we drank water out of a well ,a rope and bucket,and shit in a out house ,,may be with 3/4 other Koreans nexed to you. Ate the rice and other foods . Rats in the celeing rice stock roofs. Mud walls . Up north a o is there and back at at Pelham .55/gal drums ,and spraying all around the guns 105/ tow ,the doctors a lot our to yong to under stand .thay are told do not put down what you think no. A. O. Call it something els ,here a Pill will help .

Keywords: We will not get what we have comeing but may something ,just keep asking. And tell eney one who will lisen ,,may be we can get to Trump let's see ,



Entry: 94139
Subject: AGENT ORANGE MIGRATION

James Furgal wrote on December 27, 2016


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: H&HQ CO. 2ND I.D.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: As a follow up to my last post, I'd like to thank all for their support, especially 1stLt Rogers.

I have had a number of contacts recently asking if I knew if AO, AB or AW were used in specific areas or at specific camps. My general answer is: IT DOES NOT MATTER

Think for a minute. If you were stationed south of he DMZ and were told your unit was not exposed, that is definitely not true. Most streams in the area flowed from north to south. Where did your drinking water come from? The stream or river closest to your base or OP. And know that chlorination does nothing to remove any of the agents from water.

Did you have a houseboy who eagerly washed your clothes? Standard detergents and soaps are probably quite inefficient removers of these agents from clothing. Dry cleaning might work. In any case, every time you put on your clean underwear, you were being exposed.

Ever go to town for a drink, a snack or a to see your favorite club girl? Ever eat in the mess hall?

STOP AND THINK. Resubmit your denied claim and ask the VA to refute all of the above.

Keywords:



Entry: 94104
Subject: AGENTS ORANGE & BLUE

James Furgal wrote on December 17, 2016


City and State: CLINTON NY

Unit: 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION HQ

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Served as Chemical Staff Sergeant with HQ 2nd I.D. during 1969-1970. I was personally assigned to supervise the spraying of both Agent Orange and Agent Blue. The actual mixing and spraying was done by ROKs but supervised by us.

I was an E-6, 18 year old, gung-ho, RA all the way type. I was exposed on a daily basis during the growing season, during which we sprayed. Spraying was done from converted tanker / fire trucks since we were in a no-fly zone. If I recall correctly, Agent orange was used for hardwoods, brush and grass, but conifers had to be sprayed with agent blue.

We sprayed 6 days per week with no regard to wind or weather. We were not ordered (or even advised) to use and protective equipment. Because the application by hose was done much like a firefighter, we were literally soaked to the skin every day. Dripping with herbicides while smoking, eating, drinking etc.

Part of my job was to do follow up reports; 1 day, 3 day, 7 day, 30 day and 60 day.

I never believed my superiors knew how deadly herbicides could be. Perhaps once per week, the division CBR officer, a LTC would visit application sites without any protective gear.

My health was fine until 2007 when I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. Treated successfully by the VA with ablation therapy and therefore avoided cancer (at least for now).
In 2009 I was diagnosed with hypertension and continue medication today.

In 2015 was diagnosed with a stage 1 malignant kidney tumor. VA removed by laser ablation.
In 2016 a new malignant tumor appeared at the same location , Luckily, again it was stage 1, and now I am having my kidney removed.

I'm no longer RA all the way. Recently I filed a claim for the three conditions described above through the DAV. I know eventually cancer will get me, just want the disability for my wife, who will probably outlive me.

My concern is for other veterans who served and were exposed to herbicides, but what of the Korean civilians in the area who were drawing drinking, cooking and bathing water from streams in the area. Wonder if our government is doing anything for them.

Keywords: 2nd
agent orange
agent blue
cancer



Entry: 94057
Subject: DDT / HERBIZIDES

William (Bill or Doc) Webster wrote on December 6, 2016


City and State: MUSKOGEE OK

Unit: 1ST ARM AMPHIB BN

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: I left S. Korea by way of Ascom city, on 02/15/1953 While there we were sprayed with ?
DDT or some other herbezide,before we boarded the ship.
In the early eighty's I started having tremors of my left hand. Civilian Dr.s said they had no idea what was causing it. Then later on I had carotid artery surgery, along with A-Phib, Then I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer. Had 40 radiation treatments. I now have non-
hodgkins lymphoma
My unit, 1st Arm Amphib bn. was being used as light artillery, on Kimpo Penn.Overlooking the Han,Imjim rivers, just down from the DMZ. I have been working with the DAV Service officers
trying to get coverage for agent orange,red,& yellow. Just recently I mentioned to the service officer about the spraying in Ascom City. Right away, he said Thats It I have been scheduld
for a DAV Hearing Sometime But being 85, sometime might come too late.
Just wondered if other Marines might have the same thing.
In the latest issue of the greybeards there is an article on page 70, about DDT and other chemicals being sprayed in S. Korea, creating a man-made fog.

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Entry: 93984
Subject: KOREAN DMZ AND FREEDOM BRIDGE

William Gary McGuire wrote on November 14, 2016


City and State: MELBOURNE FL

Unit: 25TH CHEMICAL COMPANY (SG)

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was assigned to the 25th Chemical Company (Smoke Generator) in Camp Mosier just north of Ui-Jong-Bu and during the 1969-1970 timeframe I (along with SSG Fred Sanders) and our KATUSA Section was sent TDY to Camp Liberty and the Western Corridor of the DMZ on a mission not discussed at that particular time. I provided copies of the TDY Orders and information about our unit to the VA to help in their consideration for compensation benefits (still working as of the sending of this information Nov 2016). I also provided about 50 or so photographs I had taken while on the mission. Once we arrived at Camp Liberty and were shown our tents for billeting, we went about collecting equipment and herbicides to mix in the Power Driven Decontaminating Apparatus (PDDA) for what we were told was a 'Defoliation Mission' along the fence line in the Western Corridor of the DMZ. After a day or two of receiving equipment and the section arriving we were introduced to the Lieutenant (Rogers) and the 2nd Division Chemical Officer, LTC Hodge who headed the team for defoliation. Both officers got us all together and described the details of what we were tasked to do. We didn't have many questions other than to know how long the mission might last. We were told simply 'until the job is done' and that could take three months or three years....all we needed to know was where and when we would start and the daily tasks completed might help determine how long it would take. On a morning not long after we were all briefed on the job, we loaded/mixed a powder base chemical labeled as Telvar on the paper bags into the large water pods on the back of the PDDA and tested the range of the dispersing hoses so we would know how close we needed to be to the DMZ Fence-line and clear from possible enemy small arms fire. From that moment on through the completion of the defoliation mission, we were escorted with an Infantry Company always North of us along the fence-line. Along with us (mine and SSG Sanders Section) the Infantry Company could have been exposed to the herbicide because they would have to walk back through the area we had sprayed at the end of each day while a new company would rotate north of us to replace the company providing over watch during the day. I don't remember any of the Infantryman or the companies, battalions, or brigades though the TDY Orders do tell the unit we were assigned to within the 2nd Infantry Division. The photographs and assignment orders are the only proof I have of being on the DMZ and being part of a Chemical Company but I'm certain it will be sufficient to help in my request for compensation. I had heart surgery in 2015 after the doctors determined I had clogged arteries from the plaque that had accumulated for (what they said) more than 40 years. I did some research through Medical Journals and Literature and found that I could qualify for compensation under the VA's Presumptive Diseases and Exposure to Agent Orange and Other Herbicides.' I did recall I (we....all members of my section and my section sergeant SSG Fred Sanders) had transported and loaded Agent Orange into several Armored Personnel Carriers (APC's) and hooked to dispersing hoses and we sprayed it along the main roadsides North of Freedom Bridge and around the Landing Zone (LZ) for the Division Commanders Helicopter. I don't recall ever spraying any chemicals around or near Camp Casey and the 7th Infantry Division which was well South of the DMZ in the city of Tong-Du-Chon (or TDC as we use to call it). I'm not saying the folks who are saying they were in an area sprayed with Agent Orange are lying....I just don't recall anyone from my unit spraying or being near TDC to spray anything other than Smoke for cover and concealment during an exercise or alert. The Chemical Company we were all assigned to was a Smoke and Flame Company, mostly Smoke Generators capable of dispersing smoke for several miles along any front and covering an entire Division Front but other than our TDY Mission to Vietnam in 1968, we were not used in the Korean Theater other than an occasional supporting exercise (Team Spirit as an example). At this time we might have lined up all 28 Smoke Generators and put up a cloud of white smoke covering all of Ui-Jong-Bu along MSR (Main Supply Route) 1 North to Camp Casey. I think the roads have been re-named since the 1960's because when I went back to Korea in 1983 as a Captain, I noticed there were much newer and smoother roads/highways leading all the way to Camp Liberty. Oh by the way, there were only two (2) GI's, Myself and SSG Fred Sanders and roughly 20 KATUSAs included in this 4 month mission to defoliate using the herbicides we were provided. If others of you were tasked to be our replacements after May-June of 1969, I have no idea about that information. I do know that those of you talking about 'being in an Artillery Unit' and exposed might find that your units were never in or around Camp Liberty during the years 1968 through 1970. You could have been up there after the Division Commander left for those years, but I recall he didn't want anyone other than Infantry North of Freedom Bridge. He didn't seem to like the idea of us being there even though he really did understand what we were providing. SSG Fred Sanders and I were two of very few people awarded the 'Imjin Scout Badge' for our service North of Freedom Bridge.

Keywords: Sergeant Mac, Sergeant Fred, Chemical Guys, Smoke Guys, Herbie Guys, 25th Chemical Company



Entry: 93922
Subject: 6TH BN/44TH ARTY HAWK MSL BUDDY LETTERS NEEDED AGENT ORANGE EXPOSUE

V. David (Ace) Benfield wrote on November 3, 2016


City and State: HICKORY NC

Unit: 6THBN/44TH ARTY HAWK MISSLE

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Need buddy letters to document my deceased husband's camp in So. Korea 69-79 on or near DMZ.as to exposure to Agent Orange or other defoliants used
Now in last appeal process but needing info on his camp &duties on or near DMZ. As of this date no records can be found designating his camp


Keywords: Hawk Missle 6th Btn. 44th Arty

His name was David Benfield but was called Ace...lived in Hickory, NC



Entry: 93892
Subject: SEEKING MEMBERS OF THE 1ST OF THE 2ND

Terry Christmas wrote on October 24, 2016


City and State: WESTDALE NEW YORK

Unit: HHB 1ST BN SND ADA EUSA

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My husband John (Jack) Christmas was stationed at the Sihung Compound in '71-72 as a member of what he calls the 1st of the 2nd. Is now battling multiple myeloma. His claim has been filed but the VA wants more proof he was near the DMZ and also sent into Vietnam. I'm skeptical his records will show much when they arrive from St Louis. Looking for anyone with knowledge of any kind that might help (chemo brain is making recall tough). He does remember a Porter from WV, the other crypto guy Dirty Doug from NYC, Bob Green from PA and a Captain Jaskowitz (no idea if the spelling is accurate).

Any info, even if you think it's insignificant, might be enough to stitch the facts we do have together. Thanks in advance.

Keywords: Siheung Compound, 1st of the 2nd, AO



Entry: 93836
Subject: BILL WEBSTER

William G. (Bill) Webster wrote on October 9, 2016


City and State: MUSKOGEE OK

Unit: A CO. 1ST ARMORED AMPHIB BN. HM3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was with the Co. in 1952-53 serving as a Corpsman In the late 80's I started having a trembling in one of my hands.Dr.'s said they didn't know what it was.
Then I was diagnosed with A-Phib
Then I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
Then I was diagnosed with Lymphoma
VA says it was not caused by Agent Orange.
The VA says that we needed to have been there in the 60's

Remember, we were not too far from the Haan & Imjim River, that goes into the Yellow Sea
just down from the DMZ. DAV Mag about five yrs ago stated that the ROC sprayed Agent Orange along the Haan& Imjim River in the 1950's The VA & DOD says no.
Just wondered if some of you have the same problems?
DOC Willy

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Entry: 93833
Subject: AGENT ORANGE

Thomas Lanese SR. wrote on October 8, 2016


City and State: MENTOR ON THE LAKE OH

Unit: 1ST ARMORED CAV

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I served in Korea Tong Du Chon area I believe now called Camp Casey I had spleen Cancer and lymphoma as well still surviving at this point I wondered just how early Agent orange was sprayed at the DMZ I was stationed very close to there

Keywords: Imjin river I bathed and drank and used that water for 15 Months Friend Frank Massaro



Entry: 93811
Subject: 304TH SIGNAL BN OPERATIONS

Gale Neuhalfen wrote on October 4, 2016


City and State: SPRING VALLEY IL

Unit: COMPANY A 304TH SIGNAL BN, CAMP BAKER, SEOUL, SOUT

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Why is it that the Holly Grail for Agent Orange is Viet Nam. If a person landed in Camron Bay on a transport plane. Never got off the plane and immediately left Viet Nam, he is still entitled to benefits under Agent Orange.

But, someone who served near the DMZ in Korea for months and was stationed on the south side of Seoul for almost a year is not entitled. We used water from the public water system in Seoul, Korea to wash clothes, to shower and cook everyday.

The Imjin river crosses the DMZ, then runs southwest right along the DMZ and flows into the Han river. You can't convince me that run off water did not carry Agent Orange with it all the way to Seoul. It is only 30 miles. Unfortunately many of the vets from Korea who have developed cancer and other diseases are denied benefits. Being there between April 1, 1968 and august 31, 1971 the dates admitted by the Army for using Agent Orange makes no difference.

It's just not right. It's time Congress and the Department of Veteran Affairs step up and do the right thing. Extend benefits to Korean veterans experiencing the same terrible problems their brothers in Viet Nam have.

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