I was a WM stationed at Camp Butler in Okinawa in 1973-74. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2003. Docs at the VA say this is most likely due to AO as I am the wrong gender and age (typical patient is 65 YO male). There is no history of any cancer anywhere in family. Although I did not directly work with AO, testimony from the veteran granted through the BVA said it was used for war games in the Northern Island (where all the water comes from). AO remains in the soil and water for 40 years or more. Anyone having any more information would be helpful as I just received a denial on my claim too. But they claimed AO was not used in Okinawa. Come on...everything BUT AO was handled during Operation Ranch Hand? I don't buy it.
I will pray that all of you who were exposed to this agent get your deserved benefits. Try Naval records and see who the OIC of that base was at that time. If he is still alive maybe he can help you with a letter.
Originally posted by MetalMD: How does one go about filing a claim for exposure to Agent Orange. I was in Okinawa in '72 and '73 and have mantle cell lymphoma (non-hodgkins lymphoma).
Hello, My name is Larry Woolsey I was stationed in Okanawa in 1972 until 1974. I to have a cancer called CLL. I was stationed with the 2nd logeastcal Command Moshonoto Service Center. Our mission was to rebuild Army vehicals. personal info not allowed. If you want to, ask others to accept you as a "friend" to your profile, then PM's can be sent. This message has been edited. Last edited by: 21yrsUSCGUSCS,
Originally posted by woolselw: [QUOTE]Originally posted by MetalMD: How does one go about filing a claim for exposure to Agent Orange. I was in Okinawa in '72 and '73 and have mantle cell lymphoma (non-hodgkins lymphoma).
Hello, My name is Larry Woolsey I was stationed in Okanawa in 1972 until 1974. I to have a cancer called CLL. I was stationed with the 2nd logeastcal Command Moshonoto Service Center. Our mission was to rebuild Army vehicals. email address deleted[QUOTE]If any one has information about the use of AO or information concerning the possability that the vehicals thet were rebuilt could have been contaminated with AO.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 21yrsUSCGUSCS,
I WOULD ON REFLECTION SAY THAT YOU COULD HAVE STILL CAME IN CONTACT WITH IT WITHOUT BEING ASSIGNED TO THE 412TH OR 44TH. YOU COULD OF LOADED IT ONTO C130'S AT THE NAHA AND FATEAMA AIRBASES. AFTER IT HAD BEEN TRANSPORTED.
I all so was with the 412 from 1967-1968 work @ naha port unloading stuff from nam, and reloding equment and agent orange. I two dont have any one with debetes and have lost my leg from it. can any one help, call or e-mail me via the friend option at the top of the page.
The FACT is, Agent Orange WAS "stored and disposed" on Okinawa between 69 and 72. Operation Red Hat was conducted by the USAF. The chemicals were later transferred to Johnson Island. I was stationed at Awase Transmitter Site in 70 and we USED AO around the security fence and in the antenna farm. The VA DOES have records of Operation Red Hat. This is a direct quote from a VA denial of a veteran who wasn't in Okinawa at the time. "The records pertaining to Operation Red Hat show herbicide agents were stored and then later disposed in Okinawa from August 1969 to March 1972". http://www4.va.gov/vetapp09/files5/0941781.txt Take a guess what that word "disposed" means. I've even got a color picture of me next to an orange barrel of AO.
JoeSi I was stationed on Okinawa with the 412 transportation co. I have an appeal with the V.A. If you could get a copy of this picture of you standing next to the barrel of agent orange I would be grateful. I am in North Carolina. Thanks, James SpencerThis message has been edited. Last edited by: 22992599,
I am a British writer who is currently researching the use and storage of AO on Okinawa in the 1960s/70s. I am looking to talk to anyone who was exposed to AO on the island for an article for a well-known newspaper. The article will focus on: 1. the circumstances of your exposure 2. your current symptoms 3. the difficulty of pursuing claims through the VA due to denials that AO was ever on Okinawa, Please PM me if you would like to talk, YJ
I was stationed in Okinawa from from October 1968----May 1970 as a long shoreman. As a long shoreman we loaded everything that went to Vietnam and came back from Vietnam. this included Agent orange. I have type 2 diabetes and other problems. I am in an wheel chair due to diabetes. Please get in touch with me if you can. James Spencer..YokohamaJo You can get in touch if interested in story.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 22992599,
i was with the 412th in 72 an 73 we loaded an un loaded body bags equipment shells ammo an different kinds of chemicals in drums!!my squad was cargo checkers we came in contact with everthing!right now i have breathing problems ephemiza an copd. i was wondering if it might be from what we loaded an unloaded an checked off an on spec.Brummett here
Originally posted by glenhe: MY NAME IS GLEN HERMAN I WAS AN E4 AT THE TIME AND I HAD THE KEYS TO THE ENTIRE NAHA NAVAL PORT. I WAS INCHARGE OF ALL THE VEHICLES IT TOOK TO OPERATE NAHA NAVAL PORT AND 412TH TRANS CO. I WAS THERE THE ENTIRE YEAR OF 1972. OUR MISSION WAS TO SHIP COFFINS, AMUNITION BODDY BAGS AND EVERYTHING THAT WENT TO VIETNAM THAT IT TOOK TO CONDUCT THE WAR. THE LARGE CIVILIAN CARGO SHIPS BRINGING SUPLIES FROM THE WORLD (US) COULD NOT GET INTO VIETNAM AS THEY HAD NO WAY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. NAHA NAVAL PORT WAS THE MAJOR STOP OFF REDISTIBUTION POINT FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTH EAST ASIAN THEATER OF WAR. IN OTHER WORDS EVERYTHING HAD TO BE OFF LOADED THERE THEN RELOADED ONTO SMALLER WAR SHIPS LOCATED AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON THE ISLAND OF OKINAWA. OUR JOB WAS TO GET ALL THE SUPPLIES OFF THE CIVILIAN SHIPS AND PUT ON WAR SHIPS AND C-130'S AND C-141'S AT DIFFERENT AIR BASES.
(YES) AGENT ORNGE MOVED THROUGH THE NAHA NAVAL PORT IN BLUE AND ORNGE BARRELS. IS IT POSSIBLE SOME OF IT LEAKED? (YES). COULD IT HAVE BEEN ACCEDENTLY INGESTED THROUGH SOME TYPE OF CONTACT? (YES).
YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT << Mod Note - Email removed - >>. I was assigned to 412th Transpotation company NAHA AIR BASE NAHA NAVAL PORT for the entire year of 1972. I also know a man that was a PFC at the time under me that retired as a Comand Sargent Major in the Army IN 2004. I HAVE HIS INFO TOO.
i too was with the 412th from april or may of 72 to a april of 73 we loaded and loaded all kinds of chemicals i was a cargo checker most of he time an came in close contact with everthing fbrumm member
Originally posted by YokohamaJo: I am a British writer who is currently researching the use and storage of AO on Okinawa in the 1960s/70s. I am looking to talk to anyone who was exposed to AO on the island for an article for a well-known newspaper. The article will focus on: 1. the circumstances of your exposure 2. your current symptoms 3. the difficulty of pursuing claims through the VA due to denials that AO was ever on Okinawa, Please PM me if you would like to talk, YJ
YokohamaJo has nearly completed his article for a well known Asian newspaper and will be published soon. ANYONE having additional info concerning AO used on Okinawa can contact Jon or myself. Jon has found about 350 veterans claims for AO exposure on Okinawa which have been denied. As for my claim, first round was denied despite the evidence presented including a color photo of myself next to an orange barrel. Reason? "Our historical data does not indicate you or your unit was required to use AO..." Their "historical data" consisted of, no data. NO records were ever kept by the DoD. Interesting to note the VA did not claim AO was never used on Okinawa, just that "I" wasn't exposed. Submitted for a DRO Appeal which I suspect will also be denied. I have offered to pay for any VA or government official to take a trip with me to Okinawa and go play in the mud with me for a couple of weeks. If, as they claim AO was not used, there should be no worries. So far, no takers on my offer.
For sure, Agent Orange, was shipped thru Okinawa. Spent 1967 till 1968 as a forklift driver, moving and storing it at Camp Buckner along with a lot of other crap, in barrels. Went from Ship (Naha) to Plane (Kadena).
Not only that, I personally used it, in a sprayer, to police weeds in the bulk storage area.
THE LARGE CIVILIAN CARGO SHIPS BRINGING SUPLIES FROM THE WORLD (US) COULD NOT GET INTO VIETNAM AS THEY HAD NO WAY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.
Glen, There were many civilian cargo ships that delivered supplied into Nam. I was in the Coast Guard and we maintained the aids to navigation, did all manner of ports and waterways security, ELD, etc. and there were definitely civilian ships involved.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by tashier: My dad was stationed in Okinawa during 68-69. He has dabetes and his doctor thinks it could be from exposure to agent orange while he was in Okinawa because no one else in his family has it. I am trying to find info to help him win this fight. If anyone has any info, articles or advice it would be welcomed. Thanks[I was in Okinawa in 1970 I was stationed at various Marine bases. I was temporarily stationed at the base in the Northern Training Area (NTA) for 2 months. We purified our own water which was obtained from any standing water in the jungle. There was a Fire support Base next to our camp. There wasn't any vegitation on the entire mountain. The northern part of the island consists of dense jungle except for the FSB. I was told at the time that they had sprayed Agent Orange to defoliate the mountain. I was also told there was spraying going on around NTA. I developed type 2 Diabetes in 2007. We used to swim in ponds near the camp. ]