1978...First known C-123 veteran's Agent Orange illnesses surfaced (peripheral neuropathy) but not understood to be caused by Agent Orange at the time.
1979...Military herbicide residue was first confirmed to contaminate C-123 aircraft.
1983...First C-123 Agent Orange death (MSgt Robert Boyd, ischemic heart disease).
|Smelting C-123 (USAF photo)|
1996...Air Force JAG directed all Agent Orange contamination in the C-123 be "kept in official channels only."
2010...All remaining C-123 warplanes destroyed as "toxic waste" with special measures to minimize publicity.
2011...Using Freedom of Information Act veterans uncover details confirming C-123 Agent Orange contamination.
2012...Veterans Administration official notifies C-123 veterans Agent Orange isn't actually harmful, so there was no exposure to any C-123 veteran, and VA will bar all C-123 veterans from all medical care for Agent Orange illnesses.