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Korat 1967

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Sandra McDow January 31st, 2013

My husband, Msgt Marvis V. McDow (Mac), served in the 553rd EMS at Korat, Thailand from Oct., 1967 till August, 1968. He had been in ECM prior to this asassignment, so I think continued in that area of electronics while there.

I am trying to find someone who knew him there, during that time.

Mac died last year. He had suffered from prostate cancer, diabetes II, heart disease and lung cancer, the latter of which killed him. I subsequently learned that he in all probability had been exposed to Agent Orange while at Korat--he worked in the 553rd EMS shops and on the flightline. I filed a VA claim, which was denied; I appealed, and now the VA wants "documentation," that proves he had such exposure.

I have been in contact with a few guys who were there at the time, and who are aware that AO was being sprayed to keep the perimeter free of foliage, but none knew Mac--He was 37 when he was assigned there, so older than most of the guys I've been in touch with.

If you knew him, and would be willing to write a "buddy letter," affirming the parts of the base he where he worked, it would help me document my claim.

Also, he had a good buddy while there, Chief Msgt Al Allman. If you knew Al, and know if "Al" was a nickname, or his given name, it would help me locate him. Better yet, if you know Al, and how to contact him, please let me know.

I have till 2-15-13 to get my documentation submitted.

I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks so much,

Sandra M. McDow

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