“Going into Agent Orange was like it had a musty smell to it. It was a reddish-brown-colored fog that would be in the air,” said Dudich, who served much of his first tour with troops of the Republic of Vietnam. “We were in combat and I ran through a bamboo thicket. It kind of gave me hundreds of little injections with (Agent Orange). Within five minutes I looked like I had been burned by acid. I didn’t know what to do. I tore my clothes off and fought in my skivvies. I got hit with a huge dose on that occasion.”
On Nov. 14, Dudich will be on hand at a town hall meeting at Shepard Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library to discuss Agent Orange, its affects on ground troops and what benefits are due to Vietnam veterans. The meeting, titled “Vietnam Veterans — Faces of Agent Orange,” begins at 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Association California State Council.