Episode 2502 – Prof Olson – Rules of engagement for Herbicide use in Thailand

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Thai Takhli AFB circa, the American Vietnam War

Episode 2502 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a report about the rules of engagement for use of toxic herbicides in Thailand during the American Vietnam War. This episode is a continuation of a look at the use herbicides in Thailand. This follows a series of episodes aired on this podcast that featured the Merry Band of Retirees’ report on the secret war in Laos fought by the U.S. against the communist forces in Indo-China.

The report that will be featured next is titled, Use of Agent Purple, Agent Orange and Agent Blue on Royal Thai Air Force Base Perimeters in Thailand during the Vietnam War. It was submitted by Kenneth R. Olson and Larry Cihacek. Olson was a professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois [krolson@illinois.edu]. He is a US Army Vietnam Era Veteran and professor emeritus of soil science.

Cihacek is a professor at the School of Natural Resource Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. He is US Army veteran and professor of soil science.

In this episode, section 1.2 Rules of Engagement for Thailand were Similar to Vietnam of the paper will be featured. Both Thailand and Vietnam were communist force engagement zones for deployment of US military personnel. Both countries had similar Rules of Engagement by US and Allied Forces.  Most of the Air Force bases in Thailand were staging hubs for operations within Laos (the Secret CIA War) and in Vietnam. US military personnel located throughout Thailand were also subjected to hostile attacks from Communists insurgents.

Five bases in Thailand, including Nakhon Phanom (NKP), Ubon, Korat, U-Tapao and Udorn endured sniper fire interdiction, perimeter penetration, and sapper (combat engineer) attacks.Nam Phong an eighth Royal Thai Air Force base was used by the United States Marine Corps air operations starting in 1972.

The Rules of Engagement (ROE) provided authorization and limits for the employment of herbicides throughout the Southeast Asian conflict.

Listen to episode 2502 and discover more about the rules of engagement for use of toxic herbicides in Thailand during the American Vietnam War.

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