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Valley Veteran Blows Whistle On Burial Of Agent Orange

May 17, 2011

Valley Veteran Blows Whistle On Burial Of Agent Orange

It's a secret the military does not want you to know — something so dangerous that a Valley man says it's slowly killing him and could be poisoning countless others.

"Yeah, it haunts me," said veteran Steve House. "We basically buried our garbage in their back yard."

"Fifty-five gallon drums with bright yellow, some of them bright orange, writing on them," said House. "And some of the cans said Province of Vietnam, Compound Orange." Compound Orange, also known as Agent Orange, is a toxic herbicide that was used to wipe out the jungles during the Vietnam war. The military also admitted using it years later around demilitarized zones in Korea. The government says the leftover Agent Orange was incinerated at sea.

"There was approximately 250 drums, all OD green," said Travis. "On the barrels it said 'chemicals type Agent Orange.' It had a stripe around the barrel dated 1967 for the Republic of Vietnam."

Travis said he remembers hand-wheeling each barrel out of the warehouse. "This stuff was just seeping through the barrels," he said. "There was a small, I couldn't even describe it, just sickly sweet."

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  1. Patricia Clinton Reply

    i have been fighting to get my dad help due to his multiple myleoma and colon cancer of which none is in our family history,my sisters and i all suffer from diseases not in our family but associatedd with chemical exposures and gene defects
    the Dept of VA has denied any chemical uses in Korea during 1951954 but dad insists Napalm,White Phos,DDT ,were all used in korea ddt for delousing pows during the prisoners exchange he was involved in(have pis)and he helped dig the DMZ trench before and after  it was moved to the 38 th paralell

  2. Richard A. Stauffer (USMC/Korea 1950-1954) Reply

    I served in Korea, on the DMZ with the 5th Marine Regiment of the First Marine division between 19953/54.  The DMZ had been sprayed with herbicides before I got there, and the exposure to it has caused me grief following 9 years service in the Corps, and our governments denial, although they've treated me for "Asthma" since the 1970's when the effect of the exposure became critical!  A lifelong non-smoker!
    I'm a former Marine Drill Instructor, State Police Officer, Congressional Aid to an Arizona Congressman, and Assistant to the Attorney General!
    Servicemen from WWII and Korea have been denied "the tuth and care" regarding the use of pesticides and herbicides!

    • admin Reply

      Hi Richard, thanks for your post and your service. I think there are many who believe the same thing that you do. I know a fellow whose dad served in the Korean war and he has illnesses like the children of Vietnam veterans do. I can’t help but wonder. Also his dad died of lung cancer. I read info on agent orange everyday and I see nothing about this topic. I wish there was more info available. Are there any groups online of WWII and Korean war vets dealing with this topic?

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