The United States sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange over jungles in Vietnam. It was used to destroy vegetation so American troops could locate their enemies. Unfortunately for those exposed to the herbicide, it is likely the cause of multiple cancers, diseases, birth defects, and and nerve disorders. Now veterans are claiming to have buried Agent Orange outside a military base in the 1970s.
Following those claims, the U.S. military command in South Korea launched their own investigation. The veterans claim they were ordered to dig a ditch about as long as a city block outside Camp Carroll, South Korea.
In that ditch these veterans claim they were ordered to place approximately 250 55-gallon drums. The barrels were various colors, and some were labeled as containing “Compound Orange.”
Further, the veterans making the claims about burying the drums also declared the barrels were leaking. Those leaking barrels poured out all over their hands and they inhaled the fumes as they were “disposing” of the barrels.
The immediate concern is for those Koreans and Americans still living and working at and around Camp Carroll. Of course, assurances are being made to properly dispose of anything harmful that may be discovered. Soil and water samples will be collected and tested. The veterans’ reports have been corroborated by other veterans.
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