Ramasun Station, Thailand:“In 1965 ASA* began building a major intercept site at Udorn, a Thai town in the far north, near the Mekong River. Called Ramasun Station, it became the location for a Circular Disposed Antenna Array (CDAA), the AN/FLR-9 antenna, commonly referred to as “the elephant cage. At the height of the Vietnam War, this site housed over 1,000 ASA and AFSS* cryptologists.”
*ASA=Army Security Agency; AFSS=Air Force Security Service
Ramasun Station, Thailand Photos
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Ramasun Station – 7th Radio Research Field Station (RRFS)
Other Ramasun Station, Thailand resources that may provide VA claim evidence
“In his November 2008 claim for service connection for type 2 diabetes mellitus, the Veteran asserted that he was stationed at Ramasun Station with the 7th Radio Research Field Station. He indicated that, in order to arrive at Ramasun Station, he had to await transportation at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB). He added that he also spent some time visiting Korat RTAFB on day trips. The Veteran stated that the vegetation around the perimeter of his base was destroyed and added that, for physical fitness training, he would jog around the perimeter of the base three to four times a week. He further stated that he was assigned guard duty that was in a freestanding tower located in the perimeter and there was a time where he was assigned to sand bag duty for two to three weeks, during which time he had to fill sand bags in the perimeter to build bunkers. In support of his claim, he submitted a photograph of the perimeter at Ramasun Station to show that the area was clear of foliage. During VA treatment in June 2006, the Veteran reported that he ate a lot of local food while stationed in Thailand, which, he asserted, was contaminated with Agent Orange.” – Source: Citation Nr: 1215412 Decision Date: 04/30/12 Archive Date: 05/07/12 DOCKET NO. 09-40 539.
“55-gallon drums of chemicals with US markings were located in the petro-stores area
of the motor pool, with resupply assumed to be coming from the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. A Thai maintenance crew was constantly cutting and defoliant spraying the vegetation around the antennae and Operations compound to minimize this mission critical impact. The defoliant used was in 55-gallon drums mounted on the back of a small Toyota truck.” – Source: VA Documentation – Agent Orange Exposure: U.S. Army 7th RRFS, Ramasun Station, Thailand; 1965-1976
A declassified Department of Defense report written in 1973 titled, “Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report: Base Defense in Thailand 1968-1972,” contains evidence that there was significant use of the herbicide Agent Orange along the fence-line perimeters of Thailand military bases to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces.
“In an attempt to decipher this comment, it appears to say that while the ROE prohibited use of herbicides outside the perimeter so the base hired local villagers to cut and clear vegetation, but herbicides were not prohibited inside the perimeter, therefore on-base vegetation was cleared by using herbicides.” – Source: Herbicide Use in Thailand – The Relationship to the Rules of Engagement (ROE) and Use in Vietnam and Laos.
“The above report on vegetation control illustrates the problems and issues related to the use of herbicides in S.E.A. (Vietnam.) Thailand would have the same problems and issues. In our research, any report on use of herbicides in Thailand remain classified “Secret” as the USAF CHECO Report “Base Defense in Thailand” by the same USAF offices that maintain the above report. – Source: Air Base Defense – Vegetation Control 1961 – 1973, Roger P. Fox, Office of Air Force History
“If not, then I request that you accept this “buddy statement”, as validation that all individuals assigned to the installation were exposed to Agent Orange.” – Source: Buddy Statement, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Armbruster (Retired) to Veterans Administration.
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Thank you Thailand veterans for your service at Ramasun Station
during the Vietnam War.
Thailand provided air and ground bases to the United States, and soon became the largest station of the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia, with air bases at Don Muang RTAFB, Thailand, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, Ramasun Station, Thailand, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, Korat RTAFB, Thailand, and Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand.