US Begins To Use Defoliants

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HistoryCentral.com > America's Wars > Vietnam War > Events > US Begins To Use Defoliants


January 12, 1962

US Begins To Use Defoliants

The U.S. Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand to deny the Vietcong the use of the road and trails. Using a defoliating herbicide named "Agent Orange", over 10% of the vegetation in Vietnam is destroyed during the course of the war. The defoliant also causes severe disabilities among Vietnam veterans.

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