May 30, 2013

Vite Nam Service


By Mel Wallace

What brought me to do this site was when I started looking on the web to find the men that I served with.  I noticed on most of the sites they had a deceased list and it amazed me how many have died.  So I started doing research and it shocked me how many of us are gone and in a few years there will be none.  I have sent out on twitter that 390 Vietnam vets die a day, that 2/3 of us are gone, to people, news organizations, and politicians and the only response that I got was from ordinary people, not even from Vietnam veterans. Some may think this is political, but it is not. It is part of history that has cost thousands of veterans’ lives and devastated their families. I know because I am one of the survivors.  There are thousands of articles on the web that all this can be verified.  Too many to list them all.  What needs to be done is a public focus bringing this to light while there are some of us still left.  Some of these diseases can come on rapidly without warning. 

Agents used

Pink, Green, OrangeII, Orange, White, Blue, Blue (powder) Blue (H2O solution)


2/3 of the Vietnam veterans have died mainly due to Agent Orange and other herbicides exposure and other injuries physically and mentally.  They are dying at an earlier age than any other Veterans and population about 390 a day.  At this rate there will be only a few of us left in the near future.

The average life expectancy for a Vietnam Veteran is 65.

The average life expectancy for a Korean War Veteran is 75.

The average life expectancy for WWII veteran is 77.5

The average life expectancy for the general population of white males born around 1948 is, again, 75. the black population 73.6 to 74.0,

National Vital Statistics Reports

Many believe that serving in Vietnam was much easier than being in WWII.  So I started doing research and have read many articles.  The average military service men during WWII saw around 10 days per year of combat, 40 days in combat if they served 4 years. Military service men in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year. Some of this was due to the use of helicopters; you could be in the fight in minutes.  Combat in Vietnam could not be judged as just being in the field.  At a fire base or a Landing Zone, you could have rockets, mortars, and mines in the road to blow up vehicles. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard all would have encountered these scenarios which contributed to the stress to produce  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

I believe PTSD had to be studied until most of the Vietnam Veterans have Died so the government would not have the cost of treatment.  PTSD was not studied until 1983 and was not recognized as a disorder until 2003.  In addition to PTSD, another effect of of serving in Vietnam was Agent Orange and other herbicides.  During operations, the dust from the vehicles was so bad that at times you could not see or breath.  It could have been full of Agent Orange and most likely it was if you look at the map where herbicides were used.  The dust would intensify the exposure to Agent Orange.  Due to the Agent Orange Act of 1991, there is a list of diseases and illnesses and more are being studied.  It is too late for 2/3 of Vietnam vets.  Studies have shown that diseases can be passed on to generations along with birth defects.  

Agent orange legacy

Vietnam Veterans Children Sought 

It almost happened again. The American people woke up with they saw this story:

Sick, Wounded U.S. Troops Held in Squalor

97% of Vietnam Veterans were honorably discharged.

91% of Vietnam Veterans say they are glad they served.

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.






The Monsanto Protection Act   2013




US Government and US Court Dioxin Cover-Ups

President Reagan’s administration, with the help of the CDC, stopped a $43 million Congressional Study of Agent Orange in 1987 to protect itself and its corporations, Monsanto & Dow, from accountability to US veterans and the people of Vietnam.  US Courts dismissed veterans’ Agent Orange lawsuits based on a Supreme Court precedent known as the Feres Doctrine which freed the government of responsibility for deaths and injuries related to military service.

VA Administrator Robert P. Nimmo, who was intent on cutting funding for the VA, had referred to veterans groups as “greedy” and to Agent Orange as not much worse than a “little teenage acne.”  Deputy Administrator of the  Veterans Administration Chuck Hagel resigned over this.  I believe the money that was taken away from Vets by Reagan was used for defense and tax cuts at the cost of Vietnam vets that could have been used for Agent Orange research treatment. Too late now. We must never let this happen again. We as Americans should be vigilant. It seems to me that politicians only support veterans when it benefits them.

Chuck Hagel resigned

Atrocious Criminal Acts By Monsanto & Dow

Agent Orange makers hide behind government contractor immunity, despite the fact that dioxin contaminated herbicide 2,4,5-T was produced long before they were contractors for the government (50 million tons of the herbicide was sprayed in the US per year). No modifications were used for Monsanto & Dow’s herbicide — half the ingredients in Agent Orange — so the immunity defense falls flat.

Boehringer, a German 2,4,5-T herbicide producer, notified Dow in 1957 about dioxin hazards and that dioxin could be eliminated by slow cooking the herbicide for about 12 hours. It appears that Dow and Monsanto continued cooking 2,4,5-T quickly in 45 minutes. Higher output led to higher profits. Monsanto’s formula contained high levels of dioxin and was dirtier than Dow’s product.  Monsanto was not only aware in 1950 that dioxin was a health danger, but they also created a fraudulent health study.

In 1965 Dow met in secret with other Agent Orange manufacturers to discuss the toxicity hazards of dioxin and their fear over a government investigation and restrictive regulations.

US Veterans were left out in the cold.  Judge Jack Weinstein of the US Federal Court of the Eastern District of New York committed the following offenses in several class action suits filed by veterans against Monsanto & Dow:

Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

Monsanto engineered food to Vietnam

Judge Jack Weinstein appointed attorneys to represent the veterans and then intimidated the attorneys into agreeing to a ‘nuisance’ settlement of $180 million- nowhere near enough money to cover the medical treatment of hundreds of thousands of injured vets.  Judge Weinstein rejected the veterans’ expert studies instead of allowing a jury to decide on the credibility of the expert witnesses; Judge Weinstein created a new rule of law from the bench. Judge Weinstein based his ruling on Monsanto’s expert study that was later proven to be fraudulent.

Judge Jack Weinstein dismissed all other veterans’ lawsuits against Monsanto and Dow.

Judge Weinstein took over a case that was unlawfully transferred to his federal court as it had been filed in the state of Texas.  He dismissed that case.  Astonishingly, Judge Weistein created a second new rule of law to protect Monsanto and Dow.  Judge Weinstein invented immunity for government contractors!  Judge Weinstein’s excuse for the government contractor defense was that if contractors were made to pay, they would pass the cost on to the government, so the contractors were immuned.  Judge Weinstein’s new law was created from the bench instead of law passed through Congress.  This is truly legislating from the bench.  Congress could have stepped in at anytime and chose not to.  The law stands to this day.  Judge Weinstein’s law has now been extended to all government supply contractors, even non-military contractors in the courts. 

In 2004, Vietnamese victims filed a lawsuit against Dow, Monsanto and other manufacturers of Agent Orange.  Judge Weinstein presided over this case and dismissed it.  Judge Weinstein used the excuse that Monsanto and Dow had government sovereign immunity that extended to them because they were government contractors.  He also ruled that Agent Orange was not considered a poison during that period under international law.

The Supreme Court refused to hear this case.

The stated purpose of using Agent Orange was to deny the enemy cover in forested areas through defoliation.  However, the US Army did contract studies in 1943 of the effects of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (the other ingredient of Agent Orange) on cereal grains, including rice, and developed the concept of using aerial herbicide spraying to destroy enemy crops to disrupt the food supply.  Obviously, poisoning the enemy, farmland and civilians was a chemical warfare strategy used by the US government.

I also feel that the Supreme Court may not have refused to hear the case if the Vietnamese would not have been mentioned in the suit, my speculation.  American and Vietnamese victims had filed lawsuits against Monsanto, Dow and other Agent Orange manufacturers on 3 separate occasions.  The Supreme Court has never been known to do the right thing when it comes to people against corporations, my observations.  But Veterans deserve better than this from their country.

Monsanto Immunity 

Currently, there is a court case pending against Monsanto’s dioxin contaminated 2,4,5-T herbicide filed by parties who lived near the plant where it was produced in West Virginia. The judge in that case, Paul G. Gardephe, denied Monsanto immunity! Judge Gardephe asserted that because Monsanto burned dioxin waste in open pits and the US government was not aware of this practice, nor did they evaluate it for hazard, Monsanto’s contractor defense was denied.

Fate of US Veterans

In 2003, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision allowing veterans to sue Monsanto, Dow and other Agent Orange manufacturers directly.  The government has responded, under the Obama regime, by passing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, which allows the automatic funding of veterans’ Agent Orange claims. While Monsanto & Dow appear to have considerable liability, the cost of healthcare and hospitalization of affected veterans is paid by American taxpayers. More than 2 million Americans served in Vietnam.  The Veterans Administration claims they have no idea how many vets have been treated for Agent Orange injuries, or how much taxpayers’ money has been spent.  Private insurance companies have also paid some of the cost for treating skin, liver, diabetes, cancer and other diseases without knowing it was Agent Orange related. The EPA is also involved in the cover-up and has been delaying an assessment report on dioxin since 1985 to protect plastic, chlorine, paper, herbicide and agricultural industries.

Additional Sources: 


​Birth defects Vietnam

About 11 million gallons of Agent Orange was used in Vietnam between 1962 to 1970. There was so much used that the soil is still contaminated in Vietnam to this day and a health risk is still there. A clean-up has begun after 40 years. It is estimated that Agent Orange is responsible for about 500,000 deaths, over 3 million victims of diseases and over 500,000 children born with birth defects.  About 14 million acres of Vietnamese forests were sprayed.  Agent Orange was also dumped in the water supplies.

US brith defects

Service-Connected Disability Compensation For Exposure To Agent Orange 

Vietnam Vet Hill 63, US Marine Corps. Semper Fi. A Patriot, Not Talked It Did It.  

Forgive the grammar and/or spelling.  This is the way I speak as if I was talking to you. I’m used to working with tactical manuals.  

Mel Wallace 


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