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Offline oldalbie

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Agent Orange and me
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:35:07 AM »
I've been mostly absent from the forum as last year I had to go through an operation for cancer, which was most likely caused by me exposure to Agent Orange from my time in Viet Nam.  Thanks to the VA system for catching it and taking care of it early.  So now I'm back and have a few projects going.  Looking at the work done by so many of you, I'm awed by all of your efforts.

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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2020, 01:10:36 PM »
oldalbie,
     Wonderful to see you back, and so much more so to hear that your health is on the mend! I guess we all pay the price of national service in some form eventually; on a much smaller scale I have marginal hearing and back problems from years of jet noise and hauling G, small complaints compared to your experience. Hope your recovery is complete and looking forward to your participation again.
Cheers,
Lance

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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 03:43:01 PM »
Thank you very much Lance.  My thoughts are always with the guys who never made it back, perhaps to be part of this wonderful group.

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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2020, 04:20:32 AM »
Glad to see you back on the forum, Oldalbie  ;)
May your recovery be swift and your models be plenty!

Take care,
von B  ;)



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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 05:29:09 AM »
So good to see you back, Gabe!  Nam took a bit of each of us, one way or another.  Here's to a speedy recovery and I hope to see you at Silver Wings next month!
Cheers,
Bud
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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 01:14:16 PM »
Glad see you back and your health is improving  :)


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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2020, 03:11:34 PM »
Welcome back to the Forum Oldalbie... we have missed you and it's great to hear your cancer has been treated. Here's wishing you many more years of hobby enjoyment and please share your new projects with us. We'd love to see what's on your bench now.

Warmest regards and best wishes

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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2020, 06:54:39 AM »
Thanks to everyone for your messages.  I've missed working on anything lately but I have a few I'm working on now.  Mostly WNW; Albatros, Fokker DVII and Sopwith Camel.

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Re: Agent Orange and me
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2020, 01:39:35 PM »
I just found out in the last few years that the post I was stationed at in my first tour in Korea (1987-1988) was supposedly a place where agent orange was stored and disposed of.  While I was there at Camp Page, 1/6 of all military construction in country was going on there.  New barracks, airfield, hangars and medical/dental clinic which I was the project officer for.  Every morning, we had to clean the dust off of our dental chairs that had come through the roof of our quonset hut clinic.  There is no telling how much contaminated dust anyone stationed there inhaled.  I haven't had symptoms, but some have reported them.
    Currently the Korean government is suing for the cleanup of the ground water, even though the post closed in 2005.  Another interesting thing happened while I was there.  One of the main roads on post had some large boards across it where it had been dug up.  I walked across those boards every time I went to the gym.  When the road was going to be paved, excavation revealed a huge cache of arms that had been buried during the Korean War.  Glad nothing ever went off when I was walking over it.  LOL
Tim Pivonka, COL (Ret.)