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Episode Info: Episode 996 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will cover one of the darker Vietnam War hangovers. It is not easy to pick out the worst because they are so numerous and terrible. They include such things as the scourge of PTSD, the heartbreak of Agent Orange and the loss of trust in government. Unexploded ordnance is one of the terrible hangovers that has largely not affected us here in America but is still causing havoc with the people of the former Indo-China region. A story in The Channel News Asia website titled:6 Vietnamese killed by US war-era bomb paints a picture of the sorrowful situation. It comes from VGPNews, the government's online mouthpiece out of Hanoi. According to the government story six Vietnamese villagers, including three children, were killed Friday (Aug 18) when a United States war-era bomb exploded in Khanh Hoa province where Cam Ranh Bay and Na Trang are located. Local police refused to comment on the accident, but it is believed to have occurred when someone was trying to dismantle a 105 mm howitzer projectile in a house in the village of Ta Luong. In addition to the deaths and injuries a home was completely destroyed. According to government figures since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, more than 42,000 people have been killed and over 62,100 injured by unexploded ordnance dropped by US aircraft or fired by American and South Vietnamese artillery units. Some estimate as much as half the fifteen tons of bombs dropped or fired during the conflict failed to detonate upon impact. Other reliable sources put the amount of bombs dropped at seven and a half tons but whatever the true number may be the peril they present to the citizens of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is unacceptable. Discover more about this situation at episode 996.Read more »

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