War Zones C & D, which were in our Area of Operations, were heavily sprayed throughout the war, especially from 1967-1969. We used to go on patrols shortly after the areas were sprayed and the oily residue would get on our uniforms and any exposed skin areas. Months after the areas were sprayed we would go through them and find the jungle rotting around us. The groundwater was contaminated, including streams and swamps that we had to cross. We might as well have bathed in the stuff. However, dying in the next seconds to minutes was what worried us. Being poisoned years in the future couldn't have been further from our minds.