Agent Orange (The Vietnam War)

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Undoubtedly, the jungle terrain was a tremendous obstacle for the Americans in fighting the war. For that reason, they fought it by all means possible.
The best, but also the most controversial weapon in their arsenal were chemical defoliants such as ‘Agent Orange’.
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Sources:
Wilcox, Fred A. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam. Seven Stories Press, 2011.
Tucker, Spencer. The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2011.
Wiest, Andrew. The Vietnam War 1956-1975 Andrew Wiest. Osprey, 2002.
Buckingham, William A. Jr. "Operation Ranch Hand: The Air Force and Herbicides in Southeast Asia, 1961-1971." The SHAFR Guide Online. doi:10.1163/2468-1733_shafr_sim170170073.
Stellman, Jeanne Mager, et al. “The Extent and Patterns of Usage of Agent Orange and Other Herbicides in Vietnam.” Nature, vol. 422, no. 6933, 2003, pp. 681-687., doi:10.1038/nature01537.

Comments

  • Harvest God
    Harvest God5 hours ago

    How can some of you f@cks still support any war engagement of the U.S. every place they go, they bring suffering and destruction.

  • Sims J
    Sims J5 hours ago

    The US propaganda calls it "defoliation" - because "the trees were so in the way and that" -and not illegal chemical genocide. Strange. When they knew exactly what they were doing and what the effects were because the British told them. Shame on the US. Shame on Britain.

  • Juppie902
    Juppie9025 hours ago

    2:04 : POV Rising Storm 2

  • A Spanish Inquisitor
    A Spanish Inquisitor7 hours ago

    Not sure if it's true or not, but I heard of stories of the U.S. government actually sabotaging ak rounds that were being supplied to the NVA by the Chinese, what they would do was put a small explosive in the primer in the primer so that when it was fired the round would explode and disable the gun. However the war ended before this would happen. What I find the most interesting is that there might be some still floating around, so if your firing an ak or sks and the gun explodes out of nowhere, that may have been one of them.

  • Briskness -Matt-
    Briskness -Matt-7 hours ago

    My uncle died from cancer because if it. He served in the war as a machine gunner and a sniper. His name was Lester Rheaume and I barely knew him.

  • Sebastien Bonita
    Sebastien Bonita10 hours ago

    Agent yellow is when your RV toilet over flows when your pissing because you dad was emptying the septic tank and he failed

  • uchihaRZA
    uchihaRZA13 hours ago

    Had a teacher who passed from his time in Vietnam. He developed brain cancer that was determined to be caused by agent orange and other defoliants used in the war. Extremely sad to see such a great man go due to the irresponsibility of their own government...

  • Old n Gold
    Old n Gold16 hours ago

    Wait a minute . . . this isn't Sodom

  • Tomo
    Tomo18 hours ago

    I was exposed to Agent Orange on Okinawa that was transported from Vietnam during and mostly after the war burying over 25 thousand 55 gallon drums on our beaches destroying the ecosystem, killing and severely disfiguring those who survive exposure. Its why I've had cancer 5 times over the last 20 years. It goes through a steady remission and relapse phase. All due to exposure of Agent Orange. There's no way I should be alive let alone avoiding detrimental and physical disfigurement. It is a story the US government would rather it remain buried. No pun. There's videos all over the interwebs that cover this topic.

  • eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi

    8 hours ago

    I knew a few people who died from agent orange and were paid by the VA for agent orange exposure...

  • kinfmin
    kinfmin19 hours ago

    America just couldn't take the L on this one, huh?...

  • eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi

    8 hours ago

    getting reservation fishing permits and was warned not to approach any metal drums I happened across while fishing because they are still hazardous to this day.

  • Jardos Plays
    Jardos Plays19 hours ago

    Ahhh yes American war crimes. My favorite topic

  • Brit Lynx
    Brit Lynx22 hours ago

    All this because the US stuck it's nose into things that were none of it's business.

  • Ork
    OrkDay ago

    I'm a third generation agent orange victim, born as a cripple, as I grew up my teeth and nails were very brittle and I have serious skin issues, the tropical climate of Vietnam doesn't do any good either, and a protruding jaw. My parents abandoned me and I grew up in an orphanage. Never wanted to live from the time I was conscious. I finally got a chance to move to the US and I currently reside here, counting my days. People must understand these things are not just about hitting the target and killing, they destroy the future of the planet and its beings.

  • CebuliX
    CebuliXDay ago

    "I do not move out of the way." - Agent Orange

  • Ante Markoc
    Ante MarkocDay ago

    They spray democracy 😉

  • Dank Bonk ripper 65
    Dank Bonk ripper 65Day ago

    War crimes

  • lanun si kucing
    lanun si kucingDay ago

    the brits never defoliate any forest during the malayan insurgency. how the communist lost in malaya because there's no political support from the locals. And its not considered a war too because the jungle police were sent in instead of the army. Vietnam war is just a proxy war like syria, where superpowers take advantage of a disunited nation too increase their own power. Americans never learn anything from the malayan campaign. They just throw in more guns and money to solve a problem. And let their soldiers being punked by the Chinese and Russians.

  • YourBoi
    YourBoiDay ago

    When I think of Agent Orange I only think about the most underrated band I know

  • Kbear Gaming
    Kbear GamingDay ago

    Orange is sus

  • sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei lá
    sempre que você ler os comentários, eu estarei láDay ago

    :(

  • Eagle775
    Eagle775Day ago

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Jesus Christ is the only way, KJV.

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    Day ago

    I'd say I'm surprised that the Americans didn't say "If it's doing that to the plants, I wonder what it's doing to our guys" But realistically, they more than likely just didn't care

  • Alpha.4608
    Alpha.4608Day ago

    Much respect to the allied and central powers of ww1, the allies and axis forces of ww2, the allied side of the Korean War and both sides of the Vietnam war including the Viet cong

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    Day ago

    Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

  • Dick Salacious
    Dick SalaciousDay ago

    So they could have just used salt water rather than chemicals. You be amazed how effective salt is at killing and rotting everything in soil and it does it insanely quickly as well. You also can't replant for ages as it poison the soil. I rock salt on the ivy in the garden. One treatment lasts about 5 years so it's cheap and really effective

  • November
    NovemberDay ago

    In the first years of the 1960's the U.S. government tested a defoliant very similar to agent orange on the Apache reservations here in Arizona. I only found out because I was getting reservation fishing permits and was warned not to approach any metal drums I happened across while fishing because they are _still_ hazardous to this day.

  • FallenActual
    FallenActualDay ago

    I knew a few people who died from agent orange and were paid by the VA for agent orange exposure...

  • 7
    7Day ago

    i saw the word agent and i was like no no no no why this... speaking about something else

  • Sock
    SockDay ago

    Hey! My uncle was exposed to this during vietnam, he died a few years ago from cancer. The doctors linked the cancer to agent orange. Thank you for teaching people about this!

  • SIN CENSURA
    SIN CENSURADay ago

    the ccp war

  • Jake WeberZwier
    Jake WeberZwier2 days ago

    when you go hiking with your friends: 2:02

  • MrUnseen
    MrUnseen2 days ago

    Did America pay reperations for poisoning the people and the food for TEN years?

  • CT 0501
    CT 05012 days ago

    That's why they shouldev committed warcrime or use the A bomb

  • MarineSlayer
    MarineSlayer2 days ago

    NAPALM GAS BABYYYYY

  • Young BZ
    Young BZ2 days ago

    Fire that doesn't burn

  • Huey Freeman
    Huey Freeman2 days ago

    wHy dO tHeY hAtE uS sO mUcH?

  • Razor24 actual
    Razor24 actual2 days ago

    71-73 even grounds maint used defoliants on big bases for weed control wtf?

  • Journey to Nerd City
    Journey to Nerd City2 days ago

    Damn so they lowkey polluted the vietnamese jungles with chemicals weapons for 9 years. Didn't know that

  • Jo Smo
    Jo Smo2 days ago

    I'd say I'm surprised that the Americans didn't say "If it's doing that to the plants, I wonder what it's doing to our guys" But realistically, they more than likely just didn't care

  • Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard
    Alvise Leòn Van Meijgaard2 days ago

    disgusting

  • Z F
    Z F2 days ago

    Anybody else slightly bothered by his pronunciation of the word "herbicide" or is it just me?

  • Ahmed Mustafa
    Ahmed Mustafa2 days ago

    one of usa war crimes.

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Wasn't a warcrime at the time. Now we don't use it

  • Rainier Richie Gunawan
    Rainier Richie Gunawan2 days ago

    1:30 to skip the sponsorship

  • Kanzlei Krüger u. K.
    Kanzlei Krüger u. K.2 days ago

    My father died bc. of Agent Orange.

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue2 days ago

    would get covered in the stuff daily. Great respect to all who died from the horrible effects of this chemical

  • Charles Mouse
    Charles Mouse2 days ago

    1st World War - Chemical weapons are really awful, let's not do that again! 2nd World War - Even Hitler vetoed the use of chemical weapons. I wonder how D-Day would have gone if the Nazis had deployed Sarin gas? Vietnam War - The land of the "free" reserves the right to commit whatever atrocities it damn well likes in the "suppression" of other nations. Today - MURICA!!! "We are the leaders of the free world, everybody must be grateful!" (cough: destructive hypocrisy and hubris)

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    At least we're better than the ussr. Everyone would be fucked

  • Chi Kit Leung
    Chi Kit Leung2 days ago

    Agent Orange - A fire that doesn't BURN

  • 아재옆집
    아재옆집2 days ago

    I see where Matrix got their ideas

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    2 days ago

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  • Lokket99
    Lokket992 days ago

    America: The Nazis used gas it was a real tragedy. Also America: The egg heads back at home cooked up Agent Orange let's use it on the enemy but hey it won't kill them only give them long term birth defects and cancer.

  • N3RD F0XX0
    N3RD F0XX02 days ago

    My dad was born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, and I think my learning disability was also caused by that given it effects more than one generation

  • Brent James
    Brent James2 days ago

    agent orange here in philippines is a metal song composed by the band of slapshock

  • Toivo J
    Toivo J2 days ago

    Oh wow I have to do a project from Vietnam was and i decided to do 30% from agent blue or agent orange

  • THEFUTURE KID
    THEFUTURE KID2 days ago

    Do Malayan Emergency next pls, I really apprieciate it if you make it because it would be interesting.

  • KoolAid
    KoolAid2 days ago

    this seems like a good idea on paper spraying the jungle to see the nva and the vc but with positives always come negatives

  • Seth K.
    Seth K.2 days ago

    Look up the Massacre of Mai Lang. Babies and children slaughtered. Smh this is why they won't make any Nam games on console they would really have to address their immorality concerning the war. It's the same WWII games over and over because it's the only war they can still glorify.

  • Penis Man

    Penis Man

    2 days ago

    There are plenty of good Vietnam games

  • Seth K.
    Seth K.2 days ago

    They didn't care they were spraying chemicals on troops in the jungle or little children who lived there. Smh

  • Gerhart Vondrivesabus
    Gerhart Vondrivesabus2 days ago

    I dont know how americans can support their military sometimes.

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Lmao, we didn't at the time, so many protests. Can you please know a bit more than make an assumption?

  • Seth K.

    Seth K.

    2 days ago

    It's sickening.

  • rebellorebellion
    rebellorebellion2 days ago

    My uncle died of agent orange exposure I'm glad I decided not to see him in the hospital the way my parents described how he looked was horrifying thank God he never had kids too

  • d.o.m jones
    d.o.m jones2 days ago

    acid not fun no moe -:(

  • Sidemen Rule
    Sidemen Rule2 days ago

    Who else also knew Jackie Robinson's brother served in vietnam

  • MarMar The First
    MarMar The First2 days ago

    Agent Orange knows I like nanoaugmentation technology.

  • Mason Jones
    Mason Jones2 days ago

    When I heard 2,4,5 Trichlorophenoxyacetic Acid the first thing that came to mind was “Return Of The Living Dead”

  • The Shocker
    The Shocker2 days ago

    Another quality product brought to you by Monsanto

  • Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba
    Tsarbombacrazy88 Tsar bomba2 days ago

    My mom said that one of my grandpa's was a ranger in the military, he was one of the people to work with Agent Orange. Him and including other rangers, got cancer and health problems in life, he died young. The government never did anything to compensate those soldiers.

  • Comrade Orange
    Comrade Orange2 days ago

    thx for finally making a video about me :D

  • Diego Braga
    Diego Braga2 days ago

    "herbicide" used to kill people. Nice. USA always being a bunch of assholes.

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Better than the ussr

  • Stefan Jelin
    Stefan Jelin2 days ago

    Video starts at 1:27

  • Lucas Ono
    Lucas Ono2 days ago

    And people say that J. F Kennedy was a good president.

  • Chris Smith

    Chris Smith

    2 days ago

    compared to the rest that followed him - he was less evil

  • David Cortes
    David Cortes3 days ago

    Legit: The first time I heard of Agent Orange was on the first Rambo movie. It stuck with me that his friend had died that young and looked up what was that "Orange stuff" the lady was talking about

  • whateveruwant
    whateveruwant3 days ago

    war crime by the US

  • Ploopy

    Ploopy

    Day ago

    @Unfortunate still

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Not at the time

  • Cerr Gaming
    Cerr Gaming3 days ago

    We legit just started learning about this in US history this week. Great timing man, love the videos!!

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt3 days ago

    my own country did this to our soldiers. Heart breaking.

  • Abdullah
    Abdullah3 days ago

    Using such tactics cause more trouble to civilians than the enemy forces.

  • Rolf Mützelburg
    Rolf Mützelburg3 days ago

    Vietnam wasn't an especially difficult challange. Japan was every bit as creative, desperate, fanatical, and unconventional, in addition to being technologically equivilant to the US at the time. The only difference that made Vietnam "worse" was the equally biased, but reversed role of the media. Where the media were spewing government pro war propaganda through all of World War 2, they spun around and went pink the moment the enemy went from National Socialist to International Socialist. They lied in the 40s, lied in the 60s, lied in the 80s, lied through the turn of the millennia, lying on the air as we speak 24/7, and every waking moment in between. This should be news to no one. But few actually consider the implications. Some are afraid to think about it. That much of our history is a lie. The most common form being lie by omission. Its not what they tell you that you should worry about: You can ignore fake news. It's the news they don't tell you that you need to worry about. Agent Orange isn't the sort of thing people talk about much. The only reason the public know about it at all is because the media has adopted an anti-war stance... at least in regards to Vietnam. But there was a lot more that happened during the Vietnam you won't hear about. In particular, what went on in China and the surrounding nations. No motive for the media to eport on that. But that's all history now. Today is a new day, and the media is lying with increased transparency. They don't even pretend to be neutral. They know who thier audiance is and isn't. Thier role as "influencers" rather than informers puts them on the same level as a random guy on USplan. Trusting them is no different than trusting a stranger like me.

  • Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'
    Fo' mo' years Fo' fo' fiv'3 days ago

    Korean War parties used defoliants as well. An elder Korean Vet told me about it.

  • vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    3 days ago

    US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

  • Dukios Gaming
    Dukios Gaming3 days ago

    Ughh napalm

  • Ree Exe
    Ree Exe3 days ago

    Agent orange aka Donald J trump

  • TNT
    TNT3 days ago

    I wonder what else are people being exposed to that is gonna be a problem in a couple of decades.

  • Capt. 7ohn
    Capt. 7ohn3 days ago

    Another US's War Crime for my country :(

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Not a warcrime at the time.

  • 123four
    123four3 days ago

    I've got my spine I've got my orange crush

  • Død Ånd
    Død Ånd3 days ago

    I've been waiting : this episode is sponsored by Sodom.

  • TobiDyLetsPlay100
    TobiDyLetsPlay1003 days ago

    War is just effing plain disgusting, use words dammit, there is no need for people to be killed

  • Polish Cow
    Polish Cow3 days ago

    Everybody gansta till the annoying orange joined the vietnam war

  • 5th Rangers F-Company
    5th Rangers F-Company3 days ago

    Video starts at 1:37

  • Ving Tan
    Ving Tan3 days ago

    Yet many Americans want to claim they saved Vietnam 😂

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    Who's saying that? Because we left Vietnam and didn't spread democracy

  • Rae Rae
    Rae Rae3 days ago

    All that forest and jungle and lives for an unnecessary war

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith3 days ago

    Simple History - 'we present the facts but we can't condemn US war crimes because USplan may demonetize us - draw your own conclusions'

  • zombelek

    zombelek

    2 days ago

    yeah....

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith3 days ago

    Who in 2021 can still believe that US are the 'good guys' ?

  • MinyMiles234

    MinyMiles234

    Day ago

    @Unfortunate That’s exactly what the people that run this country want you to think.

  • Unfortunate

    Unfortunate

    Day ago

    @MinyMiles234 better than Russia, not saying the US is good but it's WAY better than China and Russia. Barely can have free speech in Russia and you CAN'T have free speech in China

  • MinyMiles234

    MinyMiles234

    2 days ago

    The united states is a fucking monster.

  • Tennessee Boi

    Tennessee Boi

    3 days ago

    You made 3 comments. are you done

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith3 days ago

    US of A the most murderous, depraved and idiotic empire in human history.

  • Dio Evaldo

    Dio Evaldo

    3 days ago

    Us empire? Never heard it before 🙈

  • Carrera 6
    Carrera 63 days ago

    More like cheating on your finals and graduating with honors.

  • bat wayne
    bat wayne3 days ago

    Noooooooo, Assad used chemical weapons against innocent civilians...so we are going to fund isis,destroy the infrastructure of Syria and going steel their oil

  • zeRo1242
    zeRo12423 days ago

    I am glad that some 'muricans were also affected, this is so fxcked to find it ok to determine that one country and it's nature are treated like that.

  • Angry trooper show
    Angry trooper show3 days ago

    Its not USA fault. Its US army.

  • Ploopy

    Ploopy

    Day ago

    Also the us government

  • majungasaurusaaaa
    majungasaurusaaaa3 days ago

    LMAO at the thumbnail depicting orange stuff being sprayed. It's color and odorless. When the commies sued Monsanto their witnesses stated "it was orange and horrible smelling ". Needless to say, the commies couldn't prove the connection between the herbicide and birth defects and lost the case in humiliating fashion.

  • WayB _iiMaze
    WayB _iiMaze3 days ago

    It never gone

  • D-Free
    D-Free3 days ago

    "Dilmore is gone" "What time will he be back?" "He died" "What?!" "He died last summer" "Died how?!" "Cancer, brought it back from 'Nam all that orange stuff they was spreaded around cut him down to nothing, i couldn't lift him off the sheet"

  • Game Boy • 1999 years ago

    Game Boy • 1999 years ago

    2 days ago

    First Blood Reference 😢

  • Joseph Stallin'
    Joseph Stallin'3 days ago

    You know, I heard Agent Orange burned a lot of bridges with his colleagues in Vietnam.

  • 1N73RC3P7OR
    1N73RC3P7OR3 days ago

    When the sky starts playing Fortunate Son

  • Not Myles
    Not Myles3 days ago

    My aunt has photos of my uncles and his buddies trying to clean off the agent orange that was dropped on them in Da Nang, miss you chuck ❤️

  • Tray Fryberger.
    Tray Fryberger.3 days ago

    I was actually lucky enough to see one of the c-123s that carried agent orange at dover air force base in Delaware

  • Sonia Torres
    Sonia Torres3 days ago

    T95 ww2 tank video please!!!

  • Ephraim Christen
    Ephraim Christen3 days ago

    A fucking mess

  • Tennessee Boi

    Tennessee Boi

    3 days ago

    That whole war was

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