Episode 2505 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a look at a report about sworn statements claiming exposure to Agent Orange, Agent Purple and/or Agent Blue by US Airmen in Thailand. The information shared in this episode is a portion of the report created by the Merry Band of Retirees titled, Use of Agent Purple, Agent Orange and Agent Blue on Royal Thai Air Force Base Perimeters in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
The paper 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 [firstname.lastname@example.org]. 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, the following portion of the paper that is titled, 2.2 The Historical Record Reveals Substantial Herbicide Use on Air Force Bases in Thailand will be featured. According to Olson and Cihacek, there is ample evidence of the use of toxic herbicides (Agent Orange, Blue and Purple). He cites several veteran’s accounts of those who served in Thailand during the American Vietnam War that seem to verify the use of herbicides to clear bases in Thailand during this period.
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 2505 and discover more about sworn statements claiming exposure to Agent Orange, Agent Purple and/or Agent Blue by US Airmen in Thailand.