More than forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, civilians and veterans are still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. The Vietnam War lasted for ten years, from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The USA decided to become involved in the conflict in Vietnam because it feared that Communism would spread from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam, and then the rest of Asia.
Resources, such as money soldiers, and arms were sent from the USA to support the South Vietnamese Government.
Agent Orange: A Deadly Cocktail Of Tactical Herbicides
One of the weapons of choice for the U.S. Army was Agent Orange. It was a mixture of herbicides, including dioxin, which was one of the most toxic chemicals available at the time.
Agent Orange was the most notorious chemical defoliant sprayed by US forces over Vietnam to destroy jungles and vegetation, and farmlands during the Vietnam War.
Agent Orange contained dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man, and the herbicide was nicknamed after the colored stripes on the 55-gallon drums it was delivered in.
This poisonous chemical was sprayed from the skies over the enemy territory ostensibly to clear the dense tropical vegetation that covers Vietnam.
They believed that the Viet Cong army was using the jungle as cover for their operations.
It was also designed to destroy crops and, therefore, force the enemy to their knees through hunger.
Agent Orange was amongst several herbicides that had been in use in the USA at the time, but at much lower application rates than that sprayed over Vietnam.
Agent Orange was mixed to thirteen times its usual strength and sprayed as a silent killer over the farms and hamlets of North Vietnam.
Nobody would have believed the deadly chain of results that was started by its use, nor that it would still be affecting people today!
U.S. Military Misjudged Effects Of Agent Orange
Unfortunately, the U.S. Army underestimated the impact that its toxic gas would have.