Agent Orange (AO) and Other Dioxins
Agent Orange is one of several dioxins used to defoliate the jungle (kill vegetation) to give our military an advantage in finding the enemy in the jungle terrain.
Other agents used included Agent Blue, White, and Purple. It wasn't the color of actual agent sprayed but a code for the contents and potency of the agent used. Although it may have sounded great at the time both the military and chemical companies were aware of the hazards. No protection was given to the personnel handling or spraying the agents nor ground troops who moved into sprayed areas.
Agent Orange was carried by rain run off, rivers, and seeped into ground water.
AO and other dioxins were sprayed by by airplanes, helicopters, tanker trucks, and by hand.