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Ao In Okinawa

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A friend of a friend says he was exposed to AO in Okinawa when his commanding officer ordered him to bury drums containing AO. How would he go about proving this? I told him to get a sworn statement from the officer or a buddy who knows. Otherwise I guess he needs some documentation, but what? He has Parkinson's disease now and was in the Air Force during Vietnam Era.

John

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On 3/15/2013 at 0:22 PM, Aletta said:

I am in contact with a VSO who has the ship log for USS Schuyler Otis Bland When it is scanned and uploaded I will send link for it.

This ship log shows it carried chemical. Also, I have made contact with another person interested in buried AO in Okinawa.

May I send you a personal message with my contact? Also, to have your permission to CC you in any emails with the other Okinawa researcher?

How can I get a copy of the ship's log

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I dont know if this poster ever returned to hadit.

This link has some info on the logs.

https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277)&item_type=topic

It mentioned Agent pink and purple but also has a reference to Ft. Detrick, where at least one vet has awarded for AO exposure.

Vets have been awarded for AO in Okinawa, Thailand, and even USA- the first CONUS vet is a member here.(and the first AO Thailand vet)

I assume you went over the most recent AO ships list here and Schuyler is not on it...?

 

 

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just to add...finding logs are one thing but where did the ship dock in Okinawa? That might be the key issue.

Where did it dock and why.

I didnt find any BVA decisions with this specific ship at the BVA but a case I have followed for years just popped up and has been WON!

Naha Naval Port Okinawa!      DMII granted due to AO exposure!

http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp16/Files5/1635277.txt

This vet Never gave up. 

 

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Here are some links I found on Snakecharmer's Vet Info site. It may help give the Vet friend a starting point for contacts.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/08/13/news/agent-orange-buried-on-okinawa-vet-says/

http://www.veteransinfo.org/okinawa.html

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/guambva.htm

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I missed this the first look on Steve's site.. I opened the PDF and it says:

Herbicide Orange (HO) to Johnston Island that originated from Vietnam and was stored on Okinawa. page 4

Beginning in the 1970s, the Johnston Atoll military mission became the storage of chemical munitions. In 1971, the United States Army Technical Escort Unit escorted the transfer of two thousand tons of chemical munitions from Okinawa to Johnston Atoll under the code name “Operation Red Hat”. Phase I of “Operation Red Hat” involved the movement of chemical munitions from a depot storage site to Tengan Pier, eight miles away, by trailers. Phase II of “Operation Red Hat” moved the munitions to Johnston Atoll by ship. The US Army unit was renamed the United States Army Chemical Activity, Pacific (USACAP) in 1990, and chemical munitions were moved from West Germany to Johnston Atoll by ship, under the code name “Operation Steel Box”. A small stock of chemical artillery shells were transferred to Johnston Atoll from the Solomon Islands in 1991. page 5

http://38uscode.com/booklets/Issues/Agent%20Orange/JohnstonIslandAgentOrange/JohnstonIsland.pdf

It doesn't say AO.. but chemicals.. I will look for more when I have time..In a claim he should use the words chemical expouse and not AO. JMO

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