|Hello I am Becky Cunningham, my husband was stationed in Guam 1980 to 1981 he was a healthy young man at the time he joined the Navy took no medication or anything. He started having pancreatitis while he was there and the military said it was due to alcohol but he later ended up with type 2 diabetes hbp and in 2009 was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and passed away at the age of 48 the millitary has denied his disabilty. If you should have anymore informnation on people with pancreatic cancer that was sataioned in Guam please either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 8034824474. Thank you|
|did you ever win your claim with the VA?|
|I was stationed on Guam in 66-67-68 and 69 two times I worked in the bomb dumps and one on the flight line. I remember the I dead foliage espically around the flight line. I also remember the taste of the water was terrible. Lived on base and off, Marboro.|
|I was married to a Marine and was at Camp Pendleton the year it was declared a Superfund site in 1978, the year I gave birth to our daughter at NRMC. I became very ill during the ptrgnancy. Silvex, PCBs, VOCs, metals were found there. High levels of lead in the drinking water also. I now have A neuroendocrine cancer with inoperable right ovarian tumor (Carcinoid cancer), A blood cancer, was CIN 1 cervical cancer, prediabetic, heart problems, migraines, asthma and other medical issues.|
|My dad was stationed on Guam from about 1958 or 59 until 1961 or 62. The ritual, almost every day, was to get home from school and wait for the misquito truck - every kid on base rode their bike behind it and then went to the chiefs club for a soda - I have always wondered what long term effects this might have on me - Jack|
|I was stationed at Naval Communications Station Finegayan(sp), Guam from 1965-67. This was my last duty station before retiring after 20 years of service. I am now approaching 80 years of age and have had numerous health issues over the years, including Diabetes, Melanoma, 3 bouts of bladder cancer and other maladies which I think are related to my tour of duty on Guam. |
|hi my name Walt i was on guam for a month in 1976 for iwas in the navy aboard a navy ship. Because I got diabetes Mellitus, type 2 i,ve known it about it since 1985 I was diagnosed then.|
|My Dad had boils all over his body while serving in Guam in World War II. At least that is what he thought they were and they lasted for 5 days. It was not written much in his records, but he wtrote my mom and told her. We still have those letters. Half of his records are missing and he has an S on his records and The VA wants to know what he did he the War to have them sealed. We know it is against the law, but we have been having a hard time. He is still living and he has cold sweats and is out of it at times. He was in the 3rd Marine Division and the second wave that entered Guam late 1942 or very early 1943. He was one of the few that survived his platoon. All this is very scary and I wonder if that is the reason he has so many problems. |
|i would like to know how much rainbow agents where use on NCS as I was station there from 65 to67 and stood post on the base I know they spray around thee barracks and it smell awful for three or four day and nothing grew|
|I was stationed at Andersen Air Force Base Guam for 18 months in the 1972-73 time frame. I lived in one of the barracks in the Marbo annex and drank the water on a daily basis. In 2004 I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease. Later I lost my kidneys as a result. In 2007 I got a liver and kidney transplant. Do you know if there could be a correlation ?|
|My Dad was in Japan from \'46-\'47 as part of the occupying force. and then in Japan for R&R or other duties (prisoner escort etc) while fighting in Korea 51-52. He passed away 9 Mar 2008. We are going through the grueling task of getting DIC for his wife (stepmom). He was declared 100% disabled but VA in their wisdom can\'t see a connection to his disability and his death.|
|Your article is very interesting!! My husband was stationed in Guam during the Vietnam War. He is now 61 years old and having numerous heath problems; skin irritations(sores), digestive and hypertension problem and his liver profiles usually come back abnormal. He filed a claim for VA compensation after hearing about herbicides and pesticides being stored in Guam. His claimed was denied for the following reason; There was no reason in the available evidence of records to establish service connection for his illnesses and that most of his problems occurred 35 years after discharge. He did have problems earlier on but we just didn\'t know until recently they could be caused by the chemicals used in Guam. We plan to appeal the VA\'s denial of his claim. Do you have any suggestions as to how we can prove to the VA that even though he has been out of the service for 30+ years, that his health problems could indeed be service related? Thanks for your help and your very enlighting article.|
|Dear Vancil, |
My name is Sandra Smudzin, born Oct 15 1946, daughter of EMC Walter Stanley Smudzin USN born september 30, 1918 and Theresa Catherine Smudzin, born Oct 31 1925. My father was on Guam in the mid 1950\'s for about one year before my mom and I joined to live with him in a metal building. I remember being sprayed everynight by \"Smokey Joe\" we called him. My dad spent the entire war in the Pacific then on to retire from the Navy after 21 years.
After returning from Guam my mother had to enter a mental hosipital and I began having anxiety problems. I have fibromyalga and other ailments. Loss of energy has been experienced by both my parents and myself. Our dear friend, who lived by us on Guam died of cancer at age 62.Her daughter now 50 has lupis. My mother developed precancerous condition in her throat and was operated on in the early 1960\'s. They also suffer from hypertension, high cholesterol, and mom and I are pre diabetic among other ailments.
The nervous disorders that I have experienced all my life since leaving Guam makes me wonder if they haven\'t something to do with the atomic bomb fall out and poisons. A man on the destroyer the Fletcher saw the bomb(Bravo) near the bikini Island explode from the ship. I believe I was on Guam at the time.
I am so sorry for all the peoples of Guam. The native Islanders were always very kind to us children. They would climb coconut trees and cut the husk and give the juice and meat to us. They would weave us hats to wear. They do not deserve what is happening to them. I have a friend who was exposed to massive ammounts of DDT and it is now DDE in her body. She has no immune system. I have a poor immune system.
I am glad this problem is being brought to light. I was urged to look into it by my Doctor who was a research scientist studing these things.
I am most devistated by what has happened to the native populations in Guam and the area.
Anyone I can help or wants to text me my e-mail is email@example.com.
|Hello, Am VietNam Vet having served @Tahkli thailand 12/66 - 12/67. Trying to service connect DMII due to direct exposure to herbicides since 2001. Denied at RO, BVA, and is now remanded from Court of Appeals for Veterans. Was in 4252 Strat Wg, (SAC) with HQ at Andersen AFB, Guam. Had occasion to visit Guam during an extensive telecommunications outage. Wondering if I should have approached the claim from this standpoint. Immediately went on medication for Thyroid, cholesterol, and HBP, within a few months of retirement (Aug 1987). Would like to hear from you, if you wouldn\'t mind sharing current info, etc. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.|
We once had an activist, former Senator Angel Santos fighting for our rights that the military stole our land and alot of contaminants in our soil. This explains WHY alot of folks being diabetic 2 and other illness. Cancer is a growing problem on our island. I\'ve seen people dying slowly because they can\'t afford the medical cost. It\'ll be nice if the military will offer some assistance towards the medical cost for those who are affected.
Thank you for your comments and I will pass this message to my friends.
This is a very interesting document. I worked for the Navy for over 35 years and served as Safety Specialist/Manager at the Ship Repair Facility, Naval Air Station, Naval Supply Depot, Naval Magazine, Naval Hospital Okinawa Japan, returned and worked at ComNavMar at Naval Station after 1965. I will print it out, highlight some areas that I feel are very important for me and my family.
I came from a family of sixteen (16) children and we have history of diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.
I\'d like to communicate/get back to you soon.
Vicky Taitano, Piti, Guam (671) 888-5064
|I am currently 45 yrs young. I\'m local & very concerned about these contamination issues. I live in the southern side of the island. I\'ve always thought that we were in the cleaner(contaminant wise) side. Now we understand that the whole lagoon is and has been contaminated for many many years. Just to give you and anyone a quick lesson in the eating habits of the chamorro people when it comes to fish; parrotfish is also eaten raw cooked in lemon juice and salt, unicorn fish, internals eaten after fry or barbeque. These are just a couple ways and examples and the local people have been eating these fish from contaminated waters for years. It is my hope that these issues are brought to light as well and that some type of health test program started and compensation provided to people still alive today, of course all paid by the fedgov\'t because it\'s their mess. I would really like to know the contamination area resulting from the Cocos Island. I see below that the whole lagoon is identified but what data is that based on? I wonder if it is much larger and was spread much more inland due to all the typoons throughout all those years.|
|I was a sailor and civilian on Guam in the mid sixties, late sixties and again in the late seventies. I haven\'t heard of the problem. It doesn\'t surprise me though. With the cost of waste disposal the military would have taken the cheapest route they could. I have experienced health problems in my later years myself. However, these are not associated with the problems described herein. I know Guam is made from coral and is very porus. It will absorb like a dry sponge.|
|I have heard about all this contaminants in Guam, Guam have the most cancer, and dibectic for the size of the island. I know lots of local people die from cancer, very young. In fact my brother is only 50 years old die from cancer.|
|...and here\'s the federalis blaming the brown tree snake for decimating our island\'s bird population. - poo poo!! Is that why a lot of our people are dying at a young age - 55 - 65? My co-worker who passed away 2004, remembered running behind, along with her village friends in Sinajana, a military jeep that was spraying DDT!!! She died from pancreatic cancer. |
HERE COMES THE \"MILITARY BUILDUP\" with their anti-environment construction and disposal of all sorts of waste! God bless our Island of Guam and its people!
Si Yu\'os Ma\'ase\'.
|Hang in there and don\'t give up; my prayers are with you and all others affected.|
|I am from Guam and have lived there since 1943-1962, then was back there again in 1972-73. Many of my sibblings have developed thyroid, hypertension, and other ailments. Would these contaminants have contributed to our problems.|
Do you know if they had remainder of agent orange in Korea between 1971-1973.
You may email me at a_mesa56hotmail.com
I read your column and it\'s very interesting. I\'m from Guam and alot of the native islanders\' are suffering from diabetic and cancer. I don\'t understand why the military cannot provide those affected on those dates with full medical coverage. Right now their\'s a serious problem about medical coverage on our island. Old folks can\'t afford the premium so they die slowly because our island is too expensive.
|4 years ago, my niece and I were walking and touring and enjoying the little shops on Coronado Island, San Diego. My granddaughter caught the attention of a resident and he asked where we were from. I had told him I was visiting from Guam and he just gave me a very peculiar look, he told me he was on Guam during the 50\'s and 60\'s. Moments into our conversation|
he told me that he hasn\'t forgotten about his mission out in the Pacific and that he often wondered about the impact of that mission on the nearby islands which included Guam. He said that they were doing tests on the Bikini Islands
which has been proven to be very harmful and that those tests would have affected the air and the surrounding locations. He has carried that on his concience all those years and he asked that I contact the local media on Guam to research this. I mentioned to him that my mother, Grandfather and many of my relatives had died of cancer but didn\'t know what connection it would have to this incident. He sounded so sure that it had some bearing on the tests that were done in the 50\'s and 60\'s. This person retired from the military and lived on Coronado Island. I never got his name although he was so persistent that I bring awareness to this particular military activity. It doesn\'t seem like he would be making this up ..for what? Now that I think abut it, people always comment that we lived on paradise; fresh air, no pollution, no smog, nice sunshine and tropical climate, all the requirements for good health. But where did all this lytico and bodig, and the high rates of cancer and diabetes are coming from? Alot of our food is blamed but chamorro food is so similar to Thai food. I\'m wondering if the Thai and Indonesian people have the same health problems. If not, then this definitely is something to look into. P. June Terlaje