Agent Orange Was Leaking In April 1972 On Johnston Island. Fw: In Memory, My Health, Our Day In Va Appeals Court
Posted 04 June 2011 - 01:59 PM
From: Paul E. Travis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2011 12:32 PM
Subject: In Memory, My Health, Our Day in VA Appeals Court
We probably all know someone in the Military that gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Country.
This may have happened in some far off place, or back home from their wounds, exposure to God only
knows what (AO or other deadly contaminants) or even suicide due to PTSD. Also don't forget those
that were contractors and those in USO Tours that were supporting our troops! Many are fighting
deadly diseases due to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam and elsewhere.
Every year in Washington DC, the Rolling Thunder Ride takes place with thousands of Motorcycles
that rides through DC to honor our fallen Vets. For the last few years, some of my sons and my
grandsons take part in this ride and proudly displays the US and MIA flags (could be t-shirts or flags)
on their ride. Just their way of saying THANKS to our Veterans!
To ALL Veterans and Families, from all eras, Thank You For Your Sacrifices For Our Country!!
Many of you already know that on April 28th a growing tumor (3.7 x 3.7mm) was found during a follow-up
PET Scan. This tumor was significantly larger than the previous PET in Oct 2010, but was confusing because
the nuclear isotopes didn't "light up". Not surprising because liposarcoma's are extremely hard to detect and
determine the size using any current technology (MRI, CT, PET).
In the past, every time that a tumor was found and a surgery performed, the surgeons found additional tumors
and/or much larger tumors. The 1st one in 1999, CT and MRI indicated a large tumor, but when the surgeon
went in, the liposarcoma weighed 26 lbs and was the size of 2 footballs. This was the 1st time I was asked if
I was exposed to Agent Orange.
My Oncologist sent me to a top rated Oncology Surgeon to see if the liposarcoma could be removed. After
meeting with a special Medical Tumor Board, they decided that a further MRI scan was needed. They were
also confused as to the size that showed up in the PET scan films. Then another Tumor Board evaluation.
The following Tuesday, 5-24-2011, we seen the Surgeon again. The tumor is extremely large, attached
to my back muscles again, extending high up in my left side and down into my pelvis. It also encases a large
portion of what is left of my small intestines (remainder my large intestine were removed in 1999). The
surgeon then told Sandy and I that he was sorry, but there was nothing he could do as the tumor is inoperable.
We went to see our Oncologist's Nurse with our news and we have started the process of getting Medicare and
Tricare to pay for chemo. Chemo may start late this week or next week. We believe the tumor is rapidly growing,
around a foot long and Stage IV. We know that again, God has stepped in and will STOP this Tumor!!!
We want to THANK EVERYONE that helped us with our fight with to get VA to recognize that Agent Orange was
leaking on Johnston Island starting in April 1972. Our VA Appeals Court date was on 5-26-2011. This is a
synopsis of what we used during our presentation to the VA Judge. Scott, An American Legion VSO prompted us
on questions that we had already decided on using. After reviewing our documentation, he indicated it was one of
the strongest cases of proof for a win he had seen. I was on JI, an island 1/2 mile wide by 2 miles long,
Nov 1972 thru Nov 1973. Impossible to get away from dangerous conditions.
As those of us hunting for others that were on JI in the early 70's we found out that most were gone, primarily
because of AO on Johnston Atoll. I hope we can get this information to their families, plus others still here
and fighting AO. We remember Harvey Hollister, a very close friend that we fished and worked together. He
went to be with God last year. Another of Harvey's, Richard's and my close friend, is Wilbur Bubb. He was the
Protestant Chaplin on JI and has proved that it pays to be one with God -- he has no illnesses from AO.
VA states that AO did not start leaking on JI until 1974 (based on Alvin Young's documentation),
and then only a minimal amount. I had a Alvin Young document where he took 200 samples on JI in 1972
and found TCDD as high as 47 u/ug (ppm, gets deadly on anything over "parts per trillion").
With Gods help finding documentation from all over, we found a Johnston Atoll History document that included
proof from Contractor Holmes & Narver (they managed the Agent Orange storage) that 8,990 55-gal drums of
AO were leaking in April 1972 on Johnston Island.
We used another strong Johnston Island (JI) History document that Richard put together a few years ago that
proved AO, deadly nerve and mustard Gas, asbestos and radiation were everywhere, including AO in our
We used three VA Appeals Court wins by other JI Vets that proved our living quarters were near the AO storage area,
an open Pit of AO 75' by 100' (probable re-drumming area) of AO and the 3rd, just granted AO Exposure.
We used Charlie's VA DRO win document and Richard's VA DRO win documents (with their permission letters).
We used a strong Buddy Statement from Richard who has leukemia and 100% due to AO on JI. He was on the Rock
at the same time as me and we worked together in the Comm Center, the AFRS radio station with Harvey Hollister
and photography. We were both there on the day in the late summer of 1973, that Capt Alvin Young told us not to
worry about AO in our water, they only found traces. They never documented the water contamination until the
We used another strong Buddy Statement from Norbert and a "Reverse Osmosis" study document that proved AO
could get through the RO process (from scientists in Australia). Norbert is 90% with 100% UI because of JI.
We used a NOAA document that proved Hurricane Celeste hit Johnston Island on Aug 19, 1972 with winds measured
at 105 kn. All people were evacuated from JI before it hit. This blew AO from the open to all over the Atoll.
We used a www.cancer.gov document that stated Soft Tissue Sarcomas come from primarily Radiation or
Herbicides, and that cancer can take up to 30 years to develop. Govt's own website.
Used an VA Agent Orange Registry Exam results letter that stated "liposarcoma is a Agent Orange disease".
Lesli provided a Congressional Research document on VA Presumptive exposures of AO.
I also found and used many documents from VVA, Neils' Johnston Island website, Col Dan, Charles Kelly's website,
Chuck and Chuck who provided lots of help, and so many more who is part of the fight with VA and Congress to
provide real help for the ill Veterans.
When I arrived on JI in Nov 72 and when Richard arrived in Jan 73, we could smell a strong odor we later found out
to be Agent Orange. We were more worried about the reasons we were issued a Gas Mask and Atropine to be carried
24x7 (for protection from nerve and mustard gas leaks). We also noticed lots of rabbits, who would 1st react from leaks.
At the end of our presentation to the VA Judge, she Thanked us for a great presentation and we stated we would send all
of our proof to them, even though we had some duplicates from my VA File (our 3 1/2 inches of documentation is easier
to go through than the 2 1/2 feet of my VA file).
Our VSO stated that he was 99.99% sure that we won our case, even without providing our documentation, just based
on our testimony. We are also sure we won because of God's help!!
Remember the Vietnam people who are ravaged with diseases many generations after being exposed to AO.
Thanks to all , family and friends and strangers, from all over that Prayed for my health!! Couldn't be here without you!!
Again, Thank You to all who has helped us in our fight!!
Paul and Sandy.....
AGENT ORANGE -- The Unwanted Gift From The Govt, That Gives Until Death !!
__._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on"
Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan"
See my web site at:
Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:48 AM
Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:09 AM
Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:55 AM
I posted this BVA case here a few years ago:
“The service records document that the appellant was stationed
on Johnston Island from June 1975 to July 1976. In support
of his claim, the appellant submitted a letter from the
Department of the Army, dated in May 1975, welcoming him to
his assignment to the 267th Chemical Company on Johnston
Island. An orientation packet notes that the mission of the
267th Chemical Company, noted to also be known as "Red Hat,"
was to provide for the storage, maintenance, security,
issuance, and surveillance of chemical munitions.
In a July 2005 statement in support of the claim, the
appellant stated that upon arriving on Johnston Island, he
was provided with a gas mask, and that on his way to his
guard post every day, he passed by oxidizing drums of Agent
Orange. In correspondence received from a fellow service
member in July 2005, the individual noted that during his
service on Johnston Island from July 1975 to August 1976, he
observed hundreds of barrels of Agent Orange that were stored
in 50-gallon drums in an open air compound in close proximity
to the post and barracks. It was noted that the barrels
appeared to have been "oxidized" as a result of exposure to
the salt water surrounding the island, and that on two or
three occasions, alerts of possible wind shifts were issued
nearly causing the island to be evacuated during monsoon
These claims require
1.diagnosis of a presumptive Agent Orange illness (the presumtive list is here under a search)
And proof of direct exposure to AO or, as this BVA decisions says,
that he was personally exposed to the herbicide agents, there
is sufficient evidence to imply that the appellant was at
least in the vicinity of the Agent Orange herbicide. The
evidence of record establishes that the appellant was on
Johnston Island and that there were at least residuals of
Agent Orange on Johnston Island and/or Agent Orange was
stored on the island. Applying the reasoning of Pentecost
and Suozzi, supra, the Board finds that this evidence tends
to establish that the appellant was exposed to herbicide
agents while serving on Johnston Island. Thus, having
resolved doubt in favor of the appellant, the Board concludes
that there is sufficient verification that the appellant was
exposed to herbicide agents on Johnston Island.”
Here is another AO Johnston Island award:
If a veteran has a presumptive AO illness, with internet research,military personnel records, buddy statements, and by using some of the same types of evidence this vet above used, these claims can succeed.