Johnston Island Atoll, AFB



Ever wonder what happened to all those barrels of Agent Orange? After the Vietnam War, the United States government stored thousands of drums of Agent Orange on Johnston Island Atoll, AFB, in the Pacific Ocean, 715 miles S/W of Hawaii.

Check out the leaking barrels photos and see if you agree there is an insuffient connection between Agent Orange and the veterans' claims.




"Johnston is an unincorporated territory of the United States, nearly
700 acres in size, and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service of the Department of the Interior as part of the United States
Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges. For statistical purposes, Johnston
Atoll is grouped as one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands."





"Johnston has been used by the US military from 1934 to
the present day. The island has been expanded many
times in size through dredging and reconstruction.

Johnston Atoll was used to store chemical weapons from
Okinawa after 1970 and drums of Agent Orange defoliant
from the Vietnam War in 1972."







"Meanwhile, it was reported to Rep. Evans that nearly
250,000 pounds of Agent Orange [was] accidentally spilled on Johnson Island in 1972 when about 1.1 million gallons of unused Agent Orange was brought there from Vietnam.




"An estimated 49,000 gallons of Agent Orange is estimated to have leaked annually from the drums at the Johnston Island storage site."



"The VA has consistently denied Agent Orange claims from veterans who served on Johnston Island from 1971 to 1977, unless they were directly involved in the handling of the herbicide." The government has denied claims on the bases there is no direct connection to exposure.

Disposal of the chemical was by inceneration. Note the large cloud drifting across the base. Is it possible everyone on base could have inhaled such contamination during their service at the island?




Note the photo left, where the sand is discolored by
leaking barrels.




Agent Orange Links:The web holds hundreds of Agent Orange related Links. Here are a few of interest:Johnston Island Atol: Photos!

Johnston AFB - Paradise Lost

Cyber Sarge - Johnson Island

Agent Orange Spray Map
(Fixed Wing)

15th Field Artillery Regiment: Good photo of US airman removing hose after pumping defoliation spray into tanks of a C-123 at Đà Nẵng AB.  Note the "pop out" insignia that could be changed from U.S. Air Force markings to South Vietnamese markings when the planes were used for crop destruction. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force.

The 24,795 drums of agent orange stored on Johnston Island were subsequently incinerated.Agent Orange and Other Defoliants (Several links)

Order of the Silver Rose - Honoring the Victims of Agent Orange

Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System Order of the Silver Rose (Several links)

Operation Ranch Hand11th Cavalry C Troop: Agent Orange: Killer Then, Killer Now - List of presumed illnesses

VVA 380's AGENT ORANGE Website - Links and Lists

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