Herbicidal Warfare: The Ranch Hand Project in Vietnam

Hardcover | March 1, 1986

byPaul Frederick Cecil

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1986Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275920070

ISBN - 13:9780275920074

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?Herbicidal Warfare is an organizational history of the 12th Air Commando Squadron that flew the airplanes that dropped chemical defoliants on South Vietnam. Cecil, a retired USAF officer, not only flew on the missions, but was able to gain access to official papers and to interview more than 1,200 veterans for his work. The book describes the operations of Ranch Hand, 'i.e., how chemicals were loaded, stored, and used during the war. Concluding chapters discount reports that the herbicides, particularly Agent Orange, might have caused permanent damage to the Vietnamese environment or to the American personnel who handled it. Cecil asserts that the herbicide program worked, and that many American lives were saved by reducing the area available to the enemy in which to hide.... A handy reference to one narrow aspect of the Vietnam War; no other work covers this disputatious policy so completely or objectively. College, university, and public libraries.?-Choice