A FORMER US soldier died from cancer caused by exposure to herbicide Agent Orange in Vietnam, an inquest heard.
Robert Montgomery, 70, sprayed the chemical from helicopters for four years to destroy jungle and uncover Vietcong hiding places.
AP:Associated Press A US soldier has died from cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War
Mr Montgomery, of Sandown, Isle of Wight, served in Vietnam between 1968 and 1972 before coming to Britain and being given an honourable discharge.
He had developed mantle cell lymphoma, a form of cancer linked to his exposure to Agent Orange, Isle of Wight coroners’ court heard.
More than two million US soldiers in Vietnam may have been exposed to the herbicide.
Mr Montgomery’s wife Marilyn told the inquest: “They sprayed the stuff so the Vietcong could be seen. He was in a helicopter and they used machines to spray it.”
Rex Features Robert Montgomery, 70, sprayed the chemical from helicopters for four years to uncover Vietcong hiding places