"Mia Pen Rai Cop"

Michelle Guerra for William D. Collins

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Seeking anyone who might have served with my father, William Donald "Don" Collins, he is seeking approval for having been exposed to herbicide when he served at Camp Friendship and Korat RTAFB from Nov. 12, 1962 to April 14, 1963. My father was in the Army and served TDY with the 57th Ordnance Co. He was a Turret Artillery Repairman but also did small arms mechanic duty. My father trained the Thai military personnel in the use of small weapons. My father did security guard duty regularly. My father remembers that they flew herbicide into Korat. After the herbicide barrels were unloaded, they used pumps to load it onto reservoirs on the backs of jeeps. They then were ordered to spray the herbicide everywhere  in the base, around the tents, the mess hall, officers' quarters, the firing range, all structures, as well as the perimeter. All foliage turned black and was dead within a week. My father also remembers flying from Hickam AFB Hawaii to Guam, to the Clark AFB in the Philippines, and them to Saigon, Vietnam. His passport was stamped in the Philippines but not in Saigon. He remembers that he was the only enlisted man on that flight. He had to then fly to Korat on a C-130. My father was in Saigon but he has to prove it. My father would be honored to help anyone with a buddy letter as well. This is his third appeal, praying we can find someone who served with him. Dad remembers that there only around 30 military personnel at Camp Frienship when he arrived. The commander in charge was Captain Bailey, he remembers a Sergeant Martinez and served with a buddy Danny Basland.

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Reply Terry W. Colvin
11:58 PM on February 6, 2016 

I did not know your father. I went to Thailand in 1973. Any progress with the VA claim?

Best wishes,