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  • Agent Orange Vietnam Case Study

    As part of the Vietnam war, the U.S. military sprayed 12.1 gallons of Agent Orange defoliant on trees and vegetation in Vietnam. This so-called toxic chemical is mixed with other varieties of herbicides used for removing trees and dense tropical foliage that provided cover the Vietnam troops. Much of agent orange contains dioxin, which is a highly dangerous and toxic chemical, known to cause “reproductive and developmental problems, disruption of the immune system, interference with hormones and cancer,” according to World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. The U.S. Department of Defense developed these tactical herbicides specifically to be used in “combat operations.”…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Agent Orange

    500 acres of land used for crops, and this land has been in the family for generations. One day it all changed, all the land became useless and frail, and the family risked starvation and poverty. What happened? The answer was simple, Agent Orange. During the Vietnam War, new chemicals called defoliants were being used as a tactic for military purposes. One of the most common defoliants used was called Agent Orange. These defoliants were used as harmful chemical herbicides to denature the trees…

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  • Tcd In Vietnam

    When it comes to war, armies must sometimes introduce an alternative plan in order to gain the upper hand over the enemy. When the Americans were at war with the Vietnamese decades ago, they planned to use herbicides as a new strategic asset against their adversaries. By spraying defoliating agents over the forests of Vietnam, hidden enemies would be exposed, and the crops that they harvested as food would also be destroyed. In 1962, defoliation missions ordered by the U.S. military commenced,…

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  • Reasons For America's Involvement In The Vietnam War

    The United States was using a defoliant known as Agent Orange that was used to eliminate tree cover and crops that were beneficial to the North Vietnamese. Agent Orange was an extremely powerful herbicide that later proved to cause serious health problems, such as tumors, rashes, birth defects, and cancer among both troops and Vietnamese citizens. From 1961 to 1972, four-and-a-half million gallons of the defoliant were poured over nineteen million acres of Vietnamese land. In addition to the…

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  • Agent Orange Effect

    Agent Orange was part of the US’s strategy against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese. Agent Orange was a powerful mixture of chemical defoliants used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, as well as crops that might be used to feed them. The U.S. Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972. The chemical was later revealed to…

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  • Agent Orange: A Weapon Of Destruction

    rise of communism and feared that it would eventually destroy not only their country, but also others around it. By the end of the World War II, countries such as East Germany, China, North Korea, and Cuba had all fallen to Communism (Caputo 22). To many, “it looked as if Communists might be successful in their often stated goal to take over the world (Caputo 22).” Therefore, the United States government believed that “if the Viet Minh took over all of Vietnam, Communism would infiltrate the…

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  • The Effect Of Agent Orange On The Vietnamese People

    used in the 1960s (Lerner). It is a combination of two herbicides, 2,4-D (n-butyl-2,4, dichlorophenoxyacetate) and 2, 4, 5-T (n-butyl~2,4,5-trichlorophenoxy acetate), it is also a pesticide and a defoliant meaning it kills plants and strips trees of their leaves. This gave an advantage to the U.S because they could now see through these dense, leafy areas and the Viet Cong no longer had anywhere to hide. Though the Vietnam War is now over, there still lingers a controversy about whether the use…

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  • Stalin In Vietnam Case Study

    Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnamese border. There were fake trails made just to fun fuse American troops. There were many people needed sometimes up to 40,000 people to keep the trail open. The trail was another important strategy that was used to win the war. A big tactic used by the U.S. to counteract the strategy was their use of chemical warfare. Napalm was a chemical that when mixed with gasoline was capable of releasing large amounts of carbon monoxide. This made the air more poisonous making…

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  • Agent Orange Vietnam War

    Over 40 years prior, Agent Orange was one of 15 herbicides utilized by the U.S. military as a defoliant in the Vietnam War to secure and spare the lives of U.S. furthermore, allied soldier. It was the unique blend of two normal herbicides (2,4-D and 2,4,5-T ) that had been utilized independently as a part of the United States since the late 1940s. The government named the mixture “Agent Orange” because of the orange band or patch that was painted on containers of the material. Arthur Galston did…

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  • Personal Narrative: Growing Up In A Vietnamese Family

    Looking further into the careers that involved working extensively in biostatistics, public health stood out because it allowed me to pursue a health career while applying my strengths in abstract thinking and problem solving. Everything finally clicked when I connected my family’s history with the work I was doing in school. I reflected back on my life and began to think again about the stories told to me by my family. I began researching on Vietnam, from Vietnamese life in the mid-20th century…

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