The Vietnam War was the most shameful War in all of American history,
a war lost by politics, not by those who fought it. It is a war that
will never be forgotten and will live on into infamy. Why, It is because
of the deadly herbicides used in that war, herbicides so deadly it is
second only to radiation poisoning. In science it is known as
2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD) Better known by its
code name Agent Orange. It has almost the same ingredients as the
herbicide Round-Up minus the Dioxin, but can be just as harmful
especially to children and animals.
The Vietnam War will never be
forgotten for generations to come. Dixon in the human body of Vietnam
veterans who came in contact with that herbicide it resides in the
humans fatty tissue and can and has been passed on to many of their
children. Half life in the human body is approx. 9 to 12 years,
therefore tens of generations can continue to be infected (half life has
yet to be scientifically determined). With this known fact, the Vietnam
War in the minds those who fought and the minds of their survivors for
generations to come, the war will never end.
How did Agent Orange infect Navy at sea!
herbicide was mixed with diesel fuel to stick to plant life. Rain would
wash it into streams and rivers that coursed into the South China Sea
where our ships were. Rough seas and storms would churn up the sea's
surface and the Dioxin would settle to the bottom. The South China Sea
is a shallow sea. Our combat ships traveling at high speed would stir up
the bottom bringing Dioxin to the surface. Anchorage areas dropping
anchor also stir the bottom. Navy ships distill sea water into fresh
water by evaporation, contaminated dioxin water would be sucked into the
intake of the ships evaporation system. The heating and pressurizing
process intensified the Dioxin by tenfold as proven by the Institute of
Medicine (IOM). This is how Navy sailors at sea never having boots on
ground Vietnam became sick with their fresh drinking water. The VA and
Congress criticizes this scientific fact which has denied benefits to
Navy at sea. Legislative Bills are introduced, but seem to fail with the
next seating of Congress.
Presently there are two Bills. House
Bill HR-969 and Senate Bill S.861 if passed, will afford benefits to
those Navy who served at sea. Tell your members of Congress and Senate
to pass these Bills.
John J. Bury, US Navy, retired, Vietnam War Veteran Media, Pa.