Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

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Undoubtedly, the jungle terrain was a tremendous obstacle for the Americans in fighting the war. For that reason, they fought it by all means possible.
The best, but also the most controversial weapon in their arsenal were chemical defoliants such as ‘Agent Orange’.

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  1. I heard about a person who I won't name for my own and their own reasons but they were drafted in vietnam into the U.S army but wasn't sent to vietnam and rather sent to panama to test agent orange, he came back with serious health issues that the government promised to fix, in the end the government just sent him a check to pay for the meds, 1 check for his whole life. He would live the rest of his life with the health problems and it just shows how fudged up the U.S government can be and is.

  2. My grandpa dealt with Agent Orange during the war, he wasn't in combat though. His job was setting up com towers. He still later got Parkinson's from it but passed last year.

  3. "Flying at around 130 mph." I flown on a C-123K 3 times, I would look out the window at the cars on the highway and I could swear that the cars were passing us. Soldiers handling the Agent Orange were assured there would be no health effects. This is one reason that I never go through the X-ray machine at the airport even thought the government assures me that it is safe.

  4. This is nothing sort of a disgrace and a stain upon America. Up to today, people are unhappy about the Vietnam war, not because of the crimes and atrocities they had committed in Vietnam, but because they lost.The same way a murderer is suddenly sorry they killed someone, not because of the crime they committed, but because they got caught.

    America says that Agent Orange is not a chemical weapon, it's a defoliant. Yet if this was any other country they would be blamed for the exact same thing even if it is not true, we will never hear the end of it until another war happens.

    The US government has never admitted this crime and apologize for what they did to Vietnamese or even to American Vets.

    There are millions of Vietnamese who are affected till this day! Nothing short of a disgrace.

  5. US govt tested first on my Tribe during the 50s sprayed agent orange to supposedly to control the tree growth on the river and now alot of ppl die of cancers. They tested first on us Native Americans.

  6. My grandfather made agent orange at Monsanto. He had nerve damage for the rest of his life, as well as his kids (my father has been lucky so far) also had health complications.

  7. The same company that produced agent orange now produces the world’s largest herbicide.
    According to Monsanto, glyphosate (which increases chance of cancer by 63%) is non toxic, safe to use and according to one spokesperson; “safe to drink”.

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