It was more than just a stroll down memory lane for Al White. When the retired military police sergeant returned to Base Gagetown in New Brunswick last week, he brought with him the memory and the burden of friends lost to the ravages of time and cancer.
On Thursday, he also led scientists and environmental engineers from National Defence on a damp trek directly to the spot where he claims dozens of barrels containing the notorious defoliant Agent Orange were secretly buried over three decades ago.The location was not among the contaminated sites flagged by the military in the six decades since the base was established.
“It’s good,” White told CBC News. “I’m glad to be here to do this and bring some form of closure.”
White claims that, in the late spring of 1985, he escorted a flatbed truck loaded with chemical barrels to a point near the base’s tank training range, where they were buried in a large hole near an area known as the Shirley Road dump.
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