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This page is dedicated to those who gave their lives fighting the Vietnam
War. Those who died many years after the end of the war however directly
linked to The AGENT ORANGE (herbicidal) spraying used to eliminate the
foliage and give less area’s of opportunity for the enemy to attack our troops.
GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

 

Picture Name Branch of Service Date of Death AO complications and other information
Stanley R. Green U.S. ARMY Approx. 1998-99 Cancer killed my friend Stan before he was even 50 years old. No investigation was done but I know it was caused by AGENT ORANGE. He was stationed in III Corps just like I was. This area was heavily sprayed with AO. I was a high school friend of Stan’s, we were drafted together and took Basic training together. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69. Good Bye my friend, you will be remembered and NEVER forgotten!
MSGT. Rodgers Moody Keys AKA: Bucky U.S. AIR FORCE March 7, 2002 He died because of Agent Orange related cancers. He fought a good battle for many years...now he is at peace...HE WAS ONLY 66 YEARS OLD!
Specialist 4th Class (E-4) Bernard O. Berry U.S. ARMY August 19, 2003 He served in country 68-69 with the 4th infantry division A Company 3/8th and passed away of lung cancer matastisized due to agent orange.
NA Specialist 4th Class (E-4) Dewey Taylor U.S. ARMY 1978 Served with 1/ How. Battery, 11th. Armored Cavalry Regiment 1966-1967, Died 1978 from Cancer, widows name Joanne. Dewey's widow Joanne was a pioneer in fighting for reconization of AO as a service connected illness.
PFC Patrick J Duffy U.S. ARMY July 15, 2003 Served with B Troop 1 Squadron 11 Armored Cav 4/1/1970 to 2/28/71. He was 17 when he enlisted in the army and 18 when he got orders for Vietnam and 19 when he was there. He died at 51 years old.
"Horse to horse, post to post Patrick J. Duffy on to Fiddlers Green."
James E. Talley U.S. ARMY June 2, 2003 Jim had lung cancer attributed to AO several years ago, it was successfully treated. He died of a brain tumor, inoperable, AO connected. Jim left his wife: Jennifer, two children: Jessica and Jonathan. Photo taken after 18 months in Nam. See Poem below...
NA M/Sgt.Gerald H. Le Fevre U.S. Air Force December 10, 1989 He served in Vietnam at Nha Trang AFB with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, an Air Commando Unit, from 1968 to 1969. He was an airborne radio operator on C-130 aircraft that also flew supply runs throughout all four corps of Vietnam. These aircraft transported Agent Orange at least twice a month, which he helped load and unload with his bare hands. He wrote home from Nam stating that his skin was peeling off his hands in layers and he did not know why. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the lungs, liver, stomach, pancreas, lymph nodes, peritoneum, bone, diaphragm, and momentum. The diagnosis of his cancer was adenocarcinoma of an unknown primary; the doctor was never able to identify the original site of the cancer. Later he was also diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, degenerative joint disease, obstructive jaundice, anemia, cardiopulmonary arrest, congestive heart failure, emphysema, fibrous lungs, and extragondal germ cell tumor syndrome. X-rays revealed abnormal status of the lungs showing ventilation perfusion defects involving greater than 50 percent of his lungs. He died on December 10th 1989 at the age of 56.
SFC Charles Thomas Batson U.S. ARMY December 5th, 2002 SFC Charles Thomas Batson ---Retired, died December 5th, 2002 at the age of 67. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, (Long Bihn, 1967-1968) & (Saigon, 1970-1971). He was awarded two bronze stars. Exposure to Agent Orange caused a lot of medical problems starting before he retired in 1977. His death was due to two heart attacks, quadruple by-pass surgery and diabetes type II. He left me, his wife, Patricia Ann Batson, three daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grand children born after he died. We miss him so much, but he served his country well with no complaints or regrets.
N/A PFC James Earnest Doss U.S. ARMY January 18th, 1997 1st BN 18th Artillery, 4th ID, Pleiku, South Vietnam.
Died of Lung cancer Jan. 18 1997, left wife and two sons.
N/A SFC Elwood Dale Brown U.S. ARMY 2003 Elwood Dale Brown of Oakwood, Maryland died of Agent Orange related respatory failure. He served in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regment.
Rene Vergara U.S. MARINES OCTOBER 11TH, 2003 In loving memory of my brother in law, who lost his battle to cancer (soft tissue sarcoma of the cervical spine). Rene was an ex-marine, I Corp, that served in Vietnam (Danang)in 67-69, his cancer was the result from Agent Orange exposure. He was an extraordinary man and his passing has left a void in my life. I was fortunate to be by his side the last 3 weeks of his life. What truly gives me comfort now is to know that he is with the Lord and all the suffering and wasting from this HORRIBLE DISEASE is finally over. We will miss you terribly, you were so loved by many and you made such a difference in my life, as well as others. I promised you at your bedside, that we would always be there for your girls and that we will continue "the family reunion tradition" that you started. There'll be always a space for you in our table cause we do know that your spirit will be there.... You are that "Angel" that will look after all of us... If you only knew how many people you have touched Rene!. You were a wonderful father, uncle, brother… Your memory will live forever in me, but especially when I see our nation's flag flying, because it will remind me of a hero that I once knew, someone that fought for our country and died as a result of his patriotism... You will never be forgotten my dear Chef!
With much love, Your sister....Estrella.
Cpl. Larry A. Westbrook U.S. ARMY 1-9-2003 Cpl. Larry A. Westbrook passed away at the age of 54 after a long battle with head/neck cancer. He served two tours in Vietnam during 1968-1969 and was exposed to Agent Orange. He left behind a girlfriend, a son, a daughter and 2 granddaughters, as well as his parents, brothers and sister and many friends. He served as the Post Commander of VFW #6906 in Toronto, Ohio.
N/A CWO4 Mack McKnight U.S. ARMY (Retired) 15 December 2003 Mack McKnight of Seaside, California/ 3ed. Sqdn. 11th. Arnored Cavalry Regiment, "1966 TO 1968".
N/A CSM George "Scotty" Scott U.S. ARMY (Retired) 10 November 2003 George "Scotty" Scott of Spring Valley, California/ 1st. Sgt. M Co. 1st. Sqdn., 11th. Armored Calvary Regiment, CSM 2ed. Sqdn. 11th. Armored Cavalry Regiment "1968 to 1969".
SSG Richard P. Korsak U.S. Marines & U.S. Army November 19th, 2003 SSG. Richard Paul Korsak Retired after 5 years in the US Marines and 20 Years in the US Army. He served as a Photographer & Motor Transport Operator. He died of Small Cell Lung Cancer and heart complications related to AGENT ORANGE.
Poem by his loving wife LEILANI CLICK HERE
PFC Edward Tommy Evans U.S. Marines March 31st, 2003 PFC Edward Tommy Evans Joined the U S Marines in 1967 and quickly recieved the name of "Gomer" because of his 2 left boots! He served as a Mortman and Tunnel Rat during his tour of duty in Vietnam 1968-69 and recieved TWO Purple Heart's. He participated in many SEARCH AND DESTROY missions. He died of Brain Cancer due to Agent Orange in 2003. He is survived by his wife, 17 Beautiful years together.
N/A SSG Terry A Bowles U.S. Army 1977 SSG Terry A Bowles died of Soft Tissue Cancer related to AGENT ORANGE. He's survived by his daughter and his son.
Sgt. Osborne Todd Clark U.S. Army January 12th, 2005 Sgt.Osborne Todd Clark, age 59, from Greenwood Mississippi. U. S. Army, 1st Calvary Division from approx. 1961 to 1970. Served 3 tours in Viet Nam. Died Wednesday January 12 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Jackson Mississippi from complications from diabetes. He had 4 heart attacks and endured amputation of his necrotic right foot with further amputations to come on both legs if he had survived. He also had only 25% heart and lung function and had stopped breathing the night of his surgery, was revived but remained in a vegetative state until he died. He left his wife of 29 years, his mother age 90 and me--his sister and only sibling. I grieve for the brother he was before Viet Nam. My big sweet brother---I salute you and all the others on this page---Thank you for serving your country. God rest your souls.
Betsy Clark Spivey, Cruger Mississippi
N/A Howard Lee Williamson U.S. Army June 17, 2000 My father fought in Vietnam right out of High School. He was drafted at the age of 18. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in September 1999. After a nine month battle he died. The cancer had spread to his liver, throat, and brain. It was said to be caused by Agent Orange. He left behind my mom Lizz, my sister and I. He was a very caring man who fought for his country with pride. He is with the Lord and is no longer fighting the endless battle. He will always be alive in our hearts.
August Joesph Mantia U.S. Army June 10, 2004 My father Augie was a medic in Vietnam from 1969-1970. Everyone said when he came back he never was the same. He suffered from PTSD every year after. After the war he remarried, and has Six children. In December of 98 he was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma directly connected to Agent Orange. He went into remission for 3 1/2 yrs and then we found out in Febuary of 02 that it was back. From then until June of 04 he was in the hospital months at a time, only days inbetween did he get to come home, before another problem came up and had to go straight back. We were on a non stop emotional rollercoaster, and it is wierd yet hard to say the ride has stopped. Augie died at age 59. He fought long and hard to stay alive for his children. We adored our Father and Miss him very much. There will always be this void that no one but him will ever be able to fill. He was survived by his wife Sharon, Sons Jeff(39),Tony(25),Alex(15),Michael(12), and Daughters Heather(29), and Gina(23) Daddy there isnt a day that goes by that you arent on our mind. We love you and we are very proud to call you Dad.
T/SGT Walter D. O’Connor U.S. Air Force November 11, 1999 T/SGT Walter D. O’Connor served in Vietnam, 1967-68 at the base in Nah Trang He was with the 1879 Comm. Sqdn. (AFCS). In January 1997, he went to the VA for his Agent Orange exam, soon after be became sick. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer and wall of the stomach cancers.. His bladder was removed on August 11, 1997. This was the beginning of the end. He told me and his doctors about his exposure to AO. His living quarters were in a hotel off base, and he said that some mornings while he was waiting for the bus to pick him up and carry him to the base, the planes would fly over dropping the AO in the jungle behind him, and when he got on the bus, his uniform would be completely damp with it. Both of his doctors, the one who removed his bladder, and the one who treated his cancer at a local Cancer Center firmly believed that his was the main cause of the cancers. To add to this sadness, his claim for the AO disability with the VA was denied.
In Loving Memory,
Ann O'Connor (Widow)
N/A 1st Sgt. Rodney W. Sawyer U.S. Army July 27, 2005 1st Sgt. Rodney W. Sawyer passed away 7/27/2005 of lung cancer due to exposer to Agent Orange. He was a career Army soldier with 23 years service to his country. He leaves to mourn him two daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and four grandchildren. He was 68 years old. He was in Viet Nam for two tours. He was in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. Retired from Ft. Campbell KY. in 1979 as 1st Sgt of the Rock Battalion. We miss him so much!
Ltc. Herb William Brill U.S. Army Sept. 18th , 2006 Herbert William Brill U.S. Army (Military Advisor, Deta area of operation) served in Vietnam in 1965-1966 and passed away Sept. 18th , 2006. He joined the army when he was 18 years old to fight in the Korean conflict, he was not drafted for Vietnam. He retired in 1976 as a LTC after 25 years of service. 75 years old when he died just 3 months short of his and my mothers 49th wedding anniversary.
His death was declared a service related death by the VA. He was poisoned by agent orange in Vietnam. It started in his pancreas, which had a pseudocyst and was removed in 1972. At that time they weren't able to connect it to AO. He next was diagnosed with diabetes and that was determined by the VA that it was due to the AO exposure in Vietnam. At that time he was 57 years old.
This is where I came into the picture. I was 39 years old a divorced mother of 3 . I was in a terrible car accident December 10, 2001. I have a traumatic brain injury due to that accident. My parents were there for me. I had to learn to do everything all over again ie; walk, eat, my speech was horrible, I sounded like a 6 year old. Far cry from being a proffessional pharmaceutical sales rep. I moved into my parents home after being in the hospital 3 months. Dad dedicated his life to me. At 70 years old a devout fisherman, gave up everything for me including what he loved most, fishing. He worked with me day and night, meanwhile my mother, Irene was driving me back and forth to physical therapy. He had me walking again a year and half later. I was also driving again. I was able to move back into my own home 2 years after my accident.I give dad the majority of the credit for my success. He told me to give myself a little of the credit due to my determination, however, I learned that determination from my parents. He was always expecting us, 6 kids in all, to do the very best we can. Which is what I did, the best I could.
In early 2003 he was able to go back to fishing again. Low and behold he started having problems breathing he went to the VA to get it checked out. In October 2003 he had a tumor in his right lung hoping they could just remove the tumor, only waking up after surgery to find out they had to remove the whole lung. At 73 Years old, a devout fisherman, having problems breathing, but determined to keep fishing. It was very difficult and tiresome for him he was part of a bass fishing club.
In early 2006 he had a tumor growth in his bladder, not confirmed that the tumor was melignant until it came time for them to remove his bladder, they decided not to remove it because it would spread the cancer like wildfire, although it still did. He had to wear a catheter and carry a bag for his urine.He did not want me to see him so weak. Afterall he had so much strength when he worked with me.
According to the evidence the VA determined his death due to pneumonia is directly related to service, as his impaired respiratory system due to squamous cell carcinoma of the lungs significantly impaired his respiratory system. Bottom line; Agent Orange.
I am determined to get his name on the vietnam memorial wall, afterall he joined the army for the good of the United States. His last 3 years of life was absolutely miserable but determined to beat it. I saw him getting weaker every day, but wouldn't accept that he couldn't beat it.
I think about him all day long at times I smile and thank him for what he'd done for me, other times I cry and wonder why he had to suffer so much. I know he is watching over me. I LOVE you dad, and miss you terribly!!
Donald Ray Radcliff U.S. Army February 28, 2007 Died February 28, 2007 from complications of Agent Orange: Lung, Larynx, and Esophageal Cancer.
He served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam from 1968-1969 & 1970-1971

In HONOR or my uncle:

God saw he was getting tired
and a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around him
And whispered, "Come with Me."

With tearful eyes we watched him suffer
And saw him fade away,
Although we loved him dearly
We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

GySgt Warren L. Snell, Sr. U.S. Marines November 9, 2006 My beloved father passed away from complications due to Agent Orange exposure while fighting to help keep the United States free from communism during the Vietnam War. He passed away 5 days prior to his 75th birthday and 8 days prior to celebrating 55 years of marriage to my mother. Prior to his 1st trip of 3 to Vietnam he was expecting his 9th child whom was already over 1 week overdue and didn't meet my youngest brother until he was 16 months of age...

My parents moved here almost 5 years ago and I slowly watched my father's health deteriorate.... Just a week before his death he had a shunt inserted in his arm for dialysis that he never was able to receive... Through the heart problems;
spinal problems (also due to Agent Orange) he had it VERY difficult. He ended endured much melanoma also from Agent Orange.... At least his passing was quickly and somewhat peaceful. Although we didn't get the chance to say goodbye 2 of my brothers and I were with my mother when he passed away and I feel in my heart that he knew we where there...

Rest peacefully "PoppaSan".... Love always and forever from your middle child. Semper fi!
Spec 4 Terry Daniel U.S. Army 1971 Died just one year after coming back home (Vietnam 1969-70). This was before AO was brought to the public eye. No one could understand why he died at such an early age. His job was to clear the jungle's of Nam (vegetation). I never got to speak to him much, because I was drafted when he came home. His name can never be on the wall, but deserves to be there like all the others that gave their all. ...signed.."Edward K Montgomery"
Spec 4 Gary W Melchert U.S. Army 2003 Gary W Melchert died at age 52. He was a Vietnam veteran 1969-1971. He was a SP-4 with Co. B 1st Bn 22nd Inf & also 4th Inf Div in Ankhe. He was awarded for many night missions and for serving as pointman on some dangerous assignments. To his family and grandchildren he will always remain a hero. He died in 2003 of esophageal carcinoma which he felt was from his Agent Orange exposure. He never had a sick day in the 31 yrs we were married until this came along so suddenly and had no risk factors at all for this disease. Many of our brave veterans walked thru a death sentence when Agent Orange was sprayed and in a sense they are still fighting in the Vietnam war, only on a different soil trying to keep their health. Our soldiers where defending the undefended in Vietnam and now the table has turned. Our government is not giving our veterans what they rightfully are owed. Compensation for the loss of their health and to help their families. Gary was a very special man and he is sadly missed by his wife, two sons, grandchildren, family & MANY friends. Good luck to all the veterans out there I hope things go well for you.............signed: Agent Orange Widow in Massachusetts
SFC.
David G. Salomonson
U.S. Army October 12, 2003 My father served 40 Months in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Div., 5th Special forces. He served from 1967 -1970. He made the Army is life. He retired from Ft. Riley, Kansas in 1987 after serving 22 years and 6 months. My father was a hero in my eyes along with all veterans. My father passed away on October 12, 2003. He suffered from heart disease related to agent orange. He also was a type 2 insulin dependent diabetic. He left behind a wonderful and loving wife, son, daughter, mother, 2 brothers and a wonderful grand daughter. He will be missed. God Bless. Signed - Anthony


God Bless those who gave all for the freedoms that we enjoy today in America!

Courtesy of Trace Adkins.

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down.
I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown.
They gave me this plot of land,
Me and some other men, for a job well done.

There's a big White House sits on a hill just up the road.
The man inside, he cried the day they brought me home.
They folded up a flag and told my Mom and Dad:
"We're proud of your son."

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.
I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done.
I can rest in peace;
I'm one of the chosen ones:
I made it to Arlington.

I remember Daddy brought me here when I was eight.
We searched all day to find out where my grand-dad lay.
And when we finally found that cross,
He said: "Son, this is what it cost to keep us free."

Now here I am, a thousand stones away from him.
He recognized me on the first day I came in.
And it gave me a chill when he clicked his heels,
And saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.
I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done.
I can rest in peace;
I'm one of the chosen ones:
I made it to Arlington.

And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home to us.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.
We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done.
We can rest in peace;
'Cause we are the chosen ones:
We made it to Arlington.

Yeah, dust to dust,
Don't cry for us:
We made it to Arlington.

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