Agent Orange and herbicides used at Korat AFB Thailand

Would like to hear from any veteran who was stationed at Korat AFB Thailand from May 1967 to June 1968, specifically working as a flight line mechanic and test cell technician. Need to know of any health problems any veterans now have that may have been caused by Agent Orange or herbicides used to defoliate fence perimeter around area where jet engines were tested. Trying to obtain proof of the use of the herbicides used in that area and the health problems of those who worked in this area. Reply to email address:

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Hi Larry. I also was stationed at Korat AFB from 67 to 68. I am a disabled Vet and I am trying to get additonal beneifits for being around Agent Orange. I was a Crew Chief on the Flight Line there. I have had 4 heart bipasses, 2 heart attacks, Type II Diabetes, neuopathy along with very bad knee pain, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, total hearing loss in one ear and 40% loss in other ear. I had surgery while at Korat to remove a gamuglobin growth on my wrist. VA says I am disabled 20%. This is after waiting over a year to hear from them. They pay me $234. monthly.
Do you think it would do any good for me to appeal? Thanks so much. Lowell Kroeker

Hi Lowell. I just joined and saw your post. I hope you have already appealed. I was also stationed at Korat AFB from 67-68. I am a disabled Vet & I just went through a re-evaluation and they upped mine from 10% to 70%. It took over 1 yr for the process but it did work. I also have Type II diabetes with neuropathy, but my increased eval was on PTSD. I was in the 442nd Sig Bn(LL) and they completely discounted my diabetes because I was not an MP. I am now trying to prove exposure to Agent Orange. Because of the security clearance we required, the MP's did not patrol our area, we did it ourselves. I was approved for PTSD in part because of the stress of being on guard duty, but I wasn't approved for the diabetes because I wasn't an MP. Doesn't make sense but that is the VA for you. I find it interesting that quite a few guys have had testicular cancer, as have I, but that is not a recognized diagnosis for herbicide exposure. I would love for anyone that may have old orders that stated the 442nd had to pull their own guard duty to get in touch with me. It would be appreciated.

I'm interested in sharing info on AO exposure. Please email me at

I specifically remember defoliate being used near the gate area that I passed through every day for almost 2 years. I also remember over spray blowing on us as we waited for transport downtown. Was at Korat from 1972 till August 1974. There were areas around the on base hooch-es where nothing would grow. Made many trips to Ubon to visit with buddies that were stationed there and they talked about the spraying that was done on the perimeter as way to keep SPs a little safer. I have nerve damage in both feet and legs also have a general loss of feeling in all extremities.

Please contact me about AO exposure at Korat.

I got there Sept 73 and left Jan 75. I have made contact with several of the guys I was friends with while I was there. 2 of us had testicular cancer within 2 years of coming home. One lost his hearing and one has sever liver problems. Of all the guys I have found we all have had issues.

The one with hearing loss was lucky because on his exit physical they noticed some hearing loss so when he filed a claim it was a non-issue. He received 100%. He was a crew chief on the 105's and the other one with the cancer was on the 105's too. I was a crew chief on the F-4E.

Not sure if this helps but there is a link on the VA site that show all the illness that recognize as being related to service in Thailand.

Here is a link to the VA site that shows where the herbicides were used.

Need more info on claiming disability for prostrate cancer claim as result of exposure to herbicide use at Korat RTAB 70-71 & 73.

I was stationed at Camp Friendship Jan-Dec 67 also have prostate cancer and looking for any photos and info on the area. I was assigned to the 379th Signal Bn as a supply clerk

Hope you're health has improved. Am also compiling information about AO exposure at Korat. Would appreciate sharing info. My email is

I was TDY to Korat in 1972 arriving in Aug. I was a nav aids repairman on the KC-135s parked at the far end of the flightline. I had quad by-pass, 16 stints and had 36 holes drilled through my heart in a procedure called TMLR (Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization). I lost a testical to testicular cancer in 1994. My cardiologist retired me at age 53 and I have recently applied for VA disability/unemployability.

Hope you're doing better and were successful in your claim. Am compiling information about AO exposure at Korat. If you have info please email me at

Did flights stop in Hawaii, wake Island , Saigon then Bankok

Looking for individuals assigned to the 1998th Comm Sq who worked as computer tech at the AUTODIN Switching Center located on Camp Friendship April 72 to April 73. The AUTODIN facility was located less than 100 feet from the perimeter fence. The info required is a (1) facility number, (2) photos of the facility, (3) statements from anyone who can validate the location of the AUTODIN switch. I developed prostate cancer and had surgery in 2009. File a claim with the VA twice and both times denied compensation. Also any tips on what it takes satisfy the VA requirement of proof you worked on the perimeter. Contact me at

I was at Korat in 1975 and have had prostate cancer, surgery, radiation and follow on problems. Presently putting together case of my own. Promised by records group in St. Louis to get copies of orders sending me to Korat by sometime next week. Our Transportation Squadron hootches were on the perimeter fence line and our vehicle maintenance shop was also on the perimeter fence line on the other side of the base. Trying to locate a map with building names not just numbers. I have a map with numbers on the buildings, but if you do not know what buildings you lived in or worked at they do not do much good.

Prostate cancer developed ---- worked in Intelligence on flight line briefing and debriefing pilots --- cannot find maps or photos showing where my duty location was ??????????? been denied because my MOS (AFSC) was not security police. Where can one get a base map from 1966-67 showing where units were located?

I am also looking for proof of exposure to herbicide/AO at perimeter for my father who was stationed at Udorn from August 68- August 69 as an electronics technician/navigation. He also performed his work on the trim pad/flight line. He was t TDY Okinawa for two weeks during this time and then stopped in Saigon, Vietnam on the way back to Udorn. I am looking for any statements or photographs showing or describing these particular areas during his time of service. He was diagnosed with B-Cell lymphoma last year which is a listed disease; however, as many pother have experienced, the exposure is difficult to prove. Thank you for helping.

I am looking for proof of exposure to AO on Korat AFB Thailand. I was with the 552AEW&C working at the base AGE shop. I also worked at the AGE Sub Pool near the perimeter of the base where they were spraying AO. I have had type 2 diabetes for the last 10 years. I would like to hear from any AGE personnel stationed there at the time who may be able to give me building numbers or maps or info helping my claim. They are making it nearly impossible. I don't want to give up so easily. Please write me

I was stationed at Korat AFB, Thailand from November '67 til October '68. My primary AFSC was combat/documentary still photographer. I served as an augmentee security police whenever we went on base alert. This assignment required me to do sentry duty on the perimeter of the base and around the flight line and aircraft parking pads. I also was required as a photographer to photograph remnants of disposed ordinances in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal sites (bomb dump.) I have had quadruple bypass heart surgery and treated with radiation for prostate cancer. Being unable to find any records of my duties as and augmentee security police, my claim for compensation has been denied. There must be records somewhere. Can anyone help?

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