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ZUMWALT TO VISIT DEFOLIANT VICTIMS

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Retired Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, who ordered the spraying of defoliants when he commanded U.S. naval forces in Vietnam during the war, will pay his first postwar visit to the country next month, a doctor said Tuesday.

Zumwalt's son, a Navy lieutenant in command of a boat that sprayed chemicals like Agent Orange, died in 1988 of cancers believed caused by the defoliants which his father ordered used on southern mangrove forests.The admiral, who commanded the Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, is now an active lobbyist on behalf of victims of Agent Orange.

Zumwalt, 73, is due in Hanoi Sept. 9 as a guest of the government's 10-80 Committee, which monitors the chemicals' effects and treats victims, its secretary-general, Dr. Le Cao Dai told Reuters.

Dai said Zumwalt would spend three days in Hanoi before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, where Zumwalt's headquarters were during the war.