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2/94th Battalion Update Number 22

 

Items to discuss

 

Links Posted

Trip report to DC

Review of 2005 Ranch Hand Mortality Report

Review of Korean Agent Orange Immune System study

Naval Veterans, Thailand, and Korean Cold War Veteran exposures.

New Members Found

General Information

Received e-mail from Don Warshaw as follows

Reunion

Some messages for you fellows

Personal Update

 

 

Hi To All: 

 

Links Posted

 

Some of you have seen some of these but I have added some stuff so you might want to glance through them again. 


 

Trip report to DC

 

A bust for me on diabetes and neuropathy but may have got some shots in for all.  I cannot believe it is taking this long for an automatically associated disorder.

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/DCTrip.htm 


 

Review of 2005 Ranch Hand Mortality Report

 

This thing is a waste of taxpayer’s money for many reasons.  It does discuss mortality from cardiovascular issues (known and recognized since 1991 by the way) and mortality from digestive system diseases.  Although it did not list the digestive system diseases by name and did not call them cancers.  Now go figure that one out. 

 

Air Force Management once again at work maybe; playing word semantics for the VA. 

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/NewItems.htm 


 

Review of Korean Agent Orange Immune System study

 

Wish our government were as truthful as the Korean government in these study results.

 

"Overall this study suggests that military service in Vietnam and/or Agent Orange exposure disturbs immune-homeostasis resulting in dysregulation of B and T cells."

 

Based on the results of two Governmental studies peripheral nerve disease is the most prevalent disease, followed by:   lung cancer, Buerger's disease, larynx cancer, non-hodgkin's, lymphoma, and chloracne associated with Agent Orange.

 

The list of *probable associated disorders most prevalent was hypertension followed by:   diabetes, seborreheic dermatitis, central nervous system diseases, liver diseases, multifocal neuropathy, cancer, hyperlipidemia, cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and other skin diseases such as chronic urticaria (yea I know this one), psoriasis vulgaris.

 

*Probable in this case means probable to AO.  They found these associated to service in Vietnam regardless of which chemical caused it.

 

Now if we have B and T cell dysregulation then the limited amount of issues associated with only cancers on our AO list is obviously totally bogus.

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Koreandioxinstudy.htm 


 

Documents some great ladies efforts who are also taking the government to task on Naval Veterans, Thailand, and Korean Cold War Veteran exposures.

 

 http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Navyexposures.htm

  


 

New Members Found

 

Silva, Pedro (Paul) - PFC 66-67 (Original Member) A Battery found the site.

 

Ogden, Edward - SP4  69-70 C Battery found the site.

 

Russ Whitener has updated on us on several names and clarifications on the rosters.  Thanks to Russ.

 

I submit the above name, to be listed in A Battery 2/94.  Terry was an E-5 assigned to my gun section around mid-April of 1970.  He had only been in country about 30 days when the gun he was riding on, west of LZ Nancy, on the road up to FSB Barbara, struck a mine in the road, wounding Terry.  He received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered.  His name doesn’t appear on the A Battery roster.  Submitted By: Russell Whitener then E-5

 

ADDED: 

Hicks, Terry L. E5 A Battery 1970-1970  WIA on road to FSB Barbara

 

I think there were more wounded in that incident and as I recall the A Battery gun was lost and a C Battery gun was sent to replace it.    I believe that is the same trip out that killed the fellows on the M548.  I would have to look it up to be sure.

 

Ed Hepler HHB original member was in a meeting and low and behold, one of our original members was there also. 

 

Patterson, James T. SP4 66-67 (Original Member) HHB.  James is the head of the VVA State Council in Tennessee.

 

Ed also told me the DVA finally got a Veteran’s home in his area of Tennessee and Jean, his wife, is in the process of making over 100 lap blankets.  Was down to about 36 at last count.  I know all will appreciate those efforts.  Many thanks!!!!!

 

Bob Mahmood writes he had been looking for William McClure for decades now.  They hooked up.  Both were on the B20 gun.  Good for those fellows.

 


 

Main 2/94th site is http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/

 

To review Visitors to our site you can go to:

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Signinguests.htm

  

We also have an e-mail list by Battery at:

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/e_mail.htm

 

In addition, we have contact for those guys not on the Internet at about 700 names so if you are looking for someone please contact Glenda at Gkelley951@aol.com

 

She can check our database for you. 

 

Also the link for battalion updates for issues, new members, and Agents Orange, Blue and White info is located at: http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/BattalionUpdateLinks.htm

 

 


General Information

 

I did hear from Linda Clary a while back and she was thinking of you fellows.

 


 

One of our guys writes:  I just came from a surgeon last Thursday.  I had a heart cath. & they found that I have 4 arteries blocked 80 to 90 %, an aorta valve bad, and he said while he was in there he was going do some repair work on two other valves also..... I told him that I hope that he was good & fast.  He said that was all in a days work.

 

That’s too many of our guys with heart valve issues not to be associated especially with all the latest studies that are being published on cardiovascular issues directly associated to dioxin.

 

All the best of luck in this operation from all of us guys.  You tell that doctor that we are watching him very closely and he better go slowly and tread lightly.

 


 

Have not heard from Dennis Berg in a while and hope he is doing OK.  Think of him quite often.

 


I received e-mail from Evan Thomas, Army photographer.  Evan was wounded on 12 Jan 68 on convoy with the 175’s.  Indicates that he was on a Duster bleeding when our Specialist Thompson pulled him off.

 

Not real sure and I would have to look it up but wasn’t that the time frame that B Battery tried to move out to Khe Sanh and was turned back with a heavy ambush out by the bridge past Ca Lu.  I tell you my memory is getting bad.

 

His camera was taken from him and ended up back in Washington DC but the film had been removed.  Wants to know if anyone knows what happened to the film.

 

Also wants to know if anyone can recall why a Major General from USARV OPS showed up at the Rockpile on the 13th of January.  I think probably because they figured that area was now in deep do do.   As I recall the 27th the NVA shut down QL9.

 


For those at the first Reunion and recall John Heritage of 5/4.  John works in the education benefits at the VA and has been awarded Disabled American Veterans Department of Texas Award for Outstanding Local Office Veterans Representative of the Year. 

 

Congratulations to John on his efforts and recognition.

 


 

Received e-mail from Don Warshaw as follows:

 

 KELLEY:


THE ATTACHED WORD DOCUMENT HAS LINKS TO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CLAIMS FILING FOR DISABILITIES, INCLUDING AGENT ORANGE LINKS, NEW VA INFORMATION AND A LOT OF OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES.
PLEASE PASS AROUND TO ALL YOUR MAILING LISTS SO ALL VETERANS WILL HAVE THIS INFORMATION IF THEY NEED IT.


REMEMBER ANYONE WHO NEEDS CLAIMS ADVICE OR HELP IN FILING AGAINST THE VA MAY CONTACT ME DIRECTLY.  MY WEB SITE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF MY SIGNATURE LINE AND ALL ARE INVITED TO VISIT FOR OTHER INFORMATION.

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
 DON WARSHAW
VSO/VETERANS ADVOCATE
THE SERVICE OFFICER'S CORNER
www.geocities.com/congcrusher  <<<<<WEB SITE

 

I added that information under our link:

 

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/VeteransLinks.htm

  


 

Special thanks to Marine Scott  (Korea USMC C/1/5 Chosin Reservoir) for contacting us. 

 


 

Reunion

 

Reunion planning is going well and should be finalized in the next few weeks.

 

We are planning on a head stone presentation with a plaque attached of the fellows we lost to be placed in the Fort Sill cemetery.

 

Glenda recalls someone at the last reunion that did wreaths but cannot recall who it was.  Let us know if you an assist in getting us a nice wreath to be laid at the dedication. 

 


 

Some messages for you fellows:

 

Hey guys I am a former member of 2/11 155 Arty out of Camp Eagle 69-70.  Served in FDC in the filed for a number of months in the A Shau at FB Airborne and FB Berchesgaden.  Also served at Camp Evans and in Battalion FDC at Camp Eagle.  Curious if any of your Units were involved with the Battle of FB Ripcord or Hamburger Hill???  Or ever served with the 2/11 the " On Time" battalion!!  Would be glad to hear from any of you.

John Reilly

 

I do not know which battery or batteries but I know there is a thank you letter in our 2/94th history from the 101st CG for supporting Ripcord and the men out there.  I do not recall any support for Hamburger Hill.

 

Damn shame politics not the military, once again, got some good men killed out there.

 


 

Hi, I served with B8/4, 70-71.  When I got back to the world, I went to Ft. Riley, Kansas with B/8/6 arty.  While there, I served with several guys from 2/94 as well as in nam.  If any of you guys remember me, give me a shout.  I was also known as "South Philly" if that helps jog memories, Thanks.  Hope to hear from some of you guys.

Paul Lanza

 


Personal Update

 

I had the endoscope done this AM.  Believe it or not, I got most of the results after I came out of the anesthesia.  Sure a big change from the VA hospital.

 

Results were – GERD bad –Hiatal hernia (which I already knew about), Barrets Esophagus, confirmed Celiac-Sprue, and some bad spots I will not know about for two weeks as they go to the pathologist.

 

Like most of our Vietnam Veterans, do not have these same issues of digestive system problems as pointed out in the mortality rate in the above link on Agent Orange; while Agent Blue and Nitrosamine are noted for esophageal cancers and such.

 

Although I am not sure, many are being checked for Celiac-Sprue.  There is a antibody blood test that can point that way but needs an endo to verify the antibodies and such.

 

Several at the reunions have talked about B12 and vitamin absorption as being diagnosed by the VA.   Your body makes it you just cannot absorb it in the small intestines.  It seems these antibodies block the cell receptors so no absorption takes place.  Also true of several of the essential vitamins.  EPA has acknowledged this vitamin blockage as a result from dioxin.

 

Anyway if some of you have this issue and have some of the other issues that may go along with it such as lactose intolerance that may come and go, chronic gastrointestinal issues, aversion to some alcohol such as beer (may make you feel weak and ache like flu like), more diarrhea than not, wheat products or similar may make you have a runny bathroom issues, etc.  Might want to ask you doctor for the blood test or at least discuss it.

 

No doubt in my mind this started for me in April of 68 when I had that bout of cyanosis and gastrointestinal issues, I had never had in my life before.  It just never got better.

 

Best to all,

 

Kelley 

 

SP5Kelley2nd94th@aol.com