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Air / Security Police: 12th SPS; 483d SPS
Cam Ranh Bay AB

A1C - Air Force - Regular
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Aug 10, 1947
12th APS, Cam Ranh Bay AB
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Feb 09, 1968
Casualty was on May 13, 1968
ILLNESS, DISEASE: Acute hemorrhagic pulmonary edema
Body was recovered
Panel 60E - Line 27
Photo by Donald Graham (1968-1969): This is a scan of my friend Randy Milligan (left) and me (Don Graham) in our barrack's room at Wurtsmith AFB, MI.  Photo was taken 26 Jul 67, before we both went to Vietnam.  I went to th, and Randy went to Cam Ranh Bay AB where he died while  serving with the 12th Security Police Squadron, on 15 MAY 68.

Death of Randy Milligan -- Joseph Donohue,

I was reading the obit. of A1C Randy Milligan, and I found it to be inaccurate. Milligan did not die at Khanh Hoa as stated in his obit. Randy died in my arms on "Oscar 3" at CRB. I was the early man from Phantom Flight that night and when i went to relieve him he was fine, then all os a sudden he fell to the ground. I began CPR and called for a jeep or chopper to get him to the base hospital. My assistant gunner by the name of Holt was there along with motor men Lumbaugh and not sure of the other motor man. I helped carry Randy down that hill to the waiting jeep which took his body to the hospital. He died at the Bay.

Joe Donohue

Author: Steve Gattis, VSPA President
To: Joe Donohue

Hi, Joe.
Both are correct. Cam Ranh Bay AB is in the Province of Khanh Hoa, which is how many of our dead were listed back in the 60's. For us it will always be The Bay, The Crab or The Sandbox.

I was there with you and Randy. I remember when he died and have talked about his death with Brian Thorne, Gary Linebaugh and our Sector Sergeant, Glenn Wilson. I also have a rubbing of his name from The Wall and will always remember.

We sure would like to see you at a reunion. We also found Ken Boyer and a few others from Phantom Flight.

My best to you.

Author: Don Poss
To: Joe Donohue & Steve

Don Graham posted some photos and a story commenting on his stateside friend, Randy Milligan dying in Vietnam. No one else has told the story that you both know first-hand about. I for one would appreciate a reading an account of what happened to Randy that night. Please consider writing it out so the details will not be forgotten and lost to us. It could be as short and tragic as your paragraph, but I think there is more to be told considering you both have carried that in your hearts these many decades. If you can do so, let’s honor his memory so that others will know he is more than just another name on The Wall.

Don Poss

Author: Den Cook
To: Joseph & Steve:

I mirror Don Poss' message, and if completed, would like to place something in Guardmount. My heart goes out to you and Don Graham.


Author: Joseph Donohue

Well, it seems like yesterday, but it happened over 35 years ago. I remember Randy as a real descent person and always had a smile on his face. I remember being driven out to my outpost "Oscar 3" and when I got there to relieve him he just fell to the ground. I started cpr, with someone i guess it was steve or Gary,I can remember giving him mouth to mouth and him throwing up in my mouth. I remember someone calling for a chopper to fly him to the hospital, but none showed up. I remember him dying in my arms and then carrying him down the hill to the jeep. One thing i do remember he was either reading a letter from his girl at the time or writing her because i found the letter by the machine gun mount. I have a scraping of his name from the wall which i have in a frame. If anyone knows his family please tell them he was a good man, and i am sorry after all these years not telling them myself. Like I said it all came back when I saw his picture on this web site. So Den, I hope this helped you get some kind of picture of what really happened that night.

From a brother till death,
Joseph Donohue

Author: Don Graham

I met Randy at Wurtsmith AFB, MI. may have been early 1967. We were room mates until his departure for 'Nam. We always hungout together, went horseback riding and canoeing on the local lake near Oscoda. I remember we had a big party for him when he left. That may have been the time my other room mate Paul Picard Pena wanted to lock me out of the room. Seemed I had a bad habit of drinking too much and getting sick. After that night it took me a week to get the shine back on his shoes.

Randy was a great guy and very popular with the young ladies. His girlfriend at the time was a young lady he met one night when we went out partying. I believe she was either a nurse or nursing student.

I didn't find out about his death until I arrived at CRB in June of 1968. A few years ago I had tried to find his parents or any of his relatives but had no luck. If anyone could locate them I'd appreciate an e-mail.

My first VSPA reunion was in 1998 when we went to The Wall. While I was doing a rubbing of Randall's name someone came up behind me and asked if I'd also do one for him. That person was Gary Linebaugh. Gary explained that he was with Randy when he died and it got a bit emotional for me. I considered Randy a true friend-- probably my best friend while stationed at Wurtsmith.

I also keep the rubbing of his name framed and on my desk. If anyone would like to see other photo's of Randy while at Wurtsmith I would be glad to share them. I think Randy can rest in peace knowing that so many of the friends he had made over his short life still think of him.

Don Graham


Airman Randy Milligan died at Cam Ranh Bay AB Air Base from "ILLNESS, DISEASE: Acute hemorrhagic pulmonary edema ". I wanted to know what that meant, and why Randy died. So. Here's the research I completed for you to read below. This is not a scientific effort at all, nor meant to be viewed as "the reason and cause" for Airman Milligan's death, and could be completely wrong. Draw your own conclusions--I have.
Acute hemorrhagic pulmonary edema

(Read the articles by clicking on the blue links)

Agriculture is considered one of the most hazardous occupations.... Although there are well-recognized health effects of pesticides, particularly those affecting the central nervous and sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous systems, generally speaking and with notable exceptions, pesticides are not a cause of chronic pulmonary disease.... Altogether, few pesticides other than those cited above are associated with the development of chronic or acute pulmonary disease.

Presentation of toxic gas and chemical exposures

Toxic Agent Potential effects
Nitrogen dioxide

Mild exposure: upper airway and ocular irritation, cough, dyspnea, fatigue, cyanosis, vomiting, vertigo, somnolence, and loss of consciousness

Massive exposure: bronchospasm, laryngospasm, reflex respiratory arrest, and asphyxia

Chest film findings: focal opacities or diffuse, patchy opacities; diffuse, bilateral pulmonary edema; bronchiolitis with diffuse, miliary opacities or a ground-glass appearance


Upper airway irritation or edema, laryngospasm, asphyxia, pulmonary edema, severe chronic bronchitis with obstruction, cronchiectasis, bronchial hyperreactivity, and bronchiolitis obliterans

Hydrogen sulfide

Mild exposure: eye and throat burning, headache, anorexia, dizziness, dyspnea, cough, sleep disturbances, and nausea
Massive exposure: keratoconjunctivitis, palpebral edema, arm cramps, hypertension, bronchitis, hemorrhagic pulmonary edema , unconsciousness, convulsions, and sudden death


Common symptoms: weakness, dizziness, headache, dyspnea, and nausea

Less common symptoms: abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, and blurred vision

Neuromuscular effects: respiratory center failure and/or respiratory muscle weakness

Respiratory effects: airways inflammation, laryngeal and bronchial constriction, severe hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, or interstitial pneumonitis



Petrified Forest: "In the US a class-action suit against Dow, Monsanto, Diamond Shamrock and other manufacturers of Agent Orange was settled in 1987 for $180 million. The companies claimed that since Agent Orange is also used as an ‘agricultural chemical’, any problems were due to ‘mishandling’ by military personnel. Under the agreed compensation scheme nearly 6,000 Vietnam vets could receive between $2,000 and $5,000 a month depending on how badly they’d been affected. In Vietnam former Vietnamese soldiers who have been disabled by the chemical can receive up to a maximum of $7.00 a month."



Operations Trail Dust & Ranch Hand

10 August 1961 - 31 October 1971 (3,735 days)



1962 17,171 5,724 27
1963 74,760 24,920 117
1964 281,607 93,869 440
1965 664,657 221,552 1,039
1966 2,535,788 845,263 3,962
1967 5,123,353 1,707,784 8,005
1968 5,089,010 1,696,337 7,952
1969 4,558,817 1,519,606 7,123
1970 758,966 252,989 1,186
1971 10,039 3,346 16
Year Unknown 281,201 93,734 439
TOTAL: 19,395,369 6,465,123 30,305

 II CORPS - 1,054,406 

II Corps   Agent
Cam Ranh Bay AB (Where Randy died) 21,227 1,373 22,600



USAF Ranch Hand Herbicides (from August 1965)

Total: 8,165,491 gallons
Most sources use 19 million gallons as the total
number of gallons applied in Vietnam, which
indicates another 11 million gallons of
herbicide must have been applied
by means other than
fixed-wing aircraft.


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