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Agent Orange secretly buried at US air base in Japan, some veterans say
Kris E. Roberts believes that while serving in the military in the early 1980s, he was exposed to Agent Orange that was secretly disposed of at a U.S. air station in Japan.
He was included in a Japan Times article published Friday on the issue.
Roberts says he believes the Marine Corps buried the herbicide at the Futenma air station in Okinawa after the U.S. banned the substance. He said he suspects health issues he suffers are the result of exposure to the chemical.
The air station is still active today and is near residential areas, the paper said.
The U.S. Department of Defense said it is aware of the claims made by Roberts, but records do not indicate that Agent Orange was ever present at Okinawa, said Major Catherine T. Wilkinson, a spokeswoman with the Department of Defense.
“While we respect the veteran’s service, the Department of Defense has found no records of Agent Orange being used, stored, disposed or transported through Okinawa,” Wilkinson said in an email.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides on trees and vegetation, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website. This strategy removed any foliage that could be used for hiding.
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