Agent Orange

Gary Jones’s Story

June 17, 2015

For Gary Jones, the puzzle that is Agent Orange can be explained, or more to the point, not explained, by two words — “circumstantial” and “coincidence.” The words are at once the core and the…

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Joe Ingino

June 17, 2015

“I never put two and two together, ” Joe Ingino said. It took a long time before he could do the math, and even after the metaphorical numbers in his Agent Orange equation added up,…

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The Holybees

June 17, 2015

Sonja Holybee says of her oldest child, Stephanie, 35: “She will not give in to it.” She says the same thing of her other two children, Melisa, 33, and Dan, 30. But Stephanie is the…

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The Hansens

June 17, 2015

Karl Hansen’s son, Adam, had been dead five years before questions about Agent Orange arose. Until then, Karl had not given the herbicide a thought in all the years that followed his Vietnam tour of…

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Mark David Finley

June 17, 2015

Two years ago, Mark David Finley rolled his mobility scooter into my office. He had come to talk about his tour of duty in Vietnam and to share how his service had wreaked havoc on…

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Dan Griffin

June 17, 2015

In any conversation about the effects of Agent Orange on the children of Vietnam veterans, Dan Griffin’s daughters provide a clear demarcation line for him.

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Msgt LeRoy Foster

June 17, 2015

LeRoy Foster never set foot in Vietnam. He didn’t serve in the blue water Navy off the coast of Vietnam, either. In fact, he didn’t come within about 2, 400 miles of Vietnam. But the…

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Zack Earp

June 17, 2015

“The worst thing is not having an answer, ” says former California State Council President and longtime VVA activist Zack Earp. “I know there are lists of birth defects and stories about how Agent Orange…

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Mike Demske

June 17, 2015

Mike Demske remembers well the difference in Vietnam’s riverbanks before Agent Orange and after the herbicide was sprayed. The riverbanks provided excellent cover for the guns trained on the Navy Swift Boats.

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Arthur Dekoff

June 17, 2015

Arthur Dekoff says he is far from the only one in his family who is affected by the Vietnam War. “My daughter wasn’t in that war, ” he said. “But there’s no doubt in my…

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