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Does anyone remember the name of the chemicals we used to clean missile parts?
I was part of A Btry, 6th Msl Bn, 52nd Arty in Wurzburg Germany, April 1966 until Dec. 1968.
I need someone to corroborate any information about this stuff.
Am having health problems and the VA has denied my claim. Any help from former "launcher donks" or "missile weenies" would be appreciated.
J. Palka (former Sgt-E5)
The stuff was Trichloroethylene=-TCE,or Trick. I was a 22k20 at the 30th ord. co in Korea 1972 and 1975. We used it(like water) to clean missile chassis after soldering and repairing them.
Trichlorofloroethylene, we called it (Trike).
Not sure of the spelling, but trico abbreviated term. I had a guy that had to be medically sent to out to states due to sniffing it while pulling shift in BCC. We could not reach him on com for several minutes, made a check and he was out like a light. Partial memory loss last word I heard. Also used to clean weapons when returning from field.
Thanks for your reply. I have had a thyroid disorder for over 35 years. My doctor submitted proof of the correlation between thyroid disease and TCE. Just received a denial for any benefits from VA. Now I have to challenge thier decision.
Like fighting a brick wall!
Would appreciate any other information of incidents regarding this stuff.
J. Palka former Sgt E-5
I was in Hawk for 13 years and used TCE for cleaning a lot. I have liver damage, kidney damage, thyroid disease, bladder cancer, cataracts and severe disc herniation and spinal stenosis. TCE can cause most of these problems and I get all my medical care at the VA but I have not filed a claim and I doubt it would do any good anyway . From what I've read the VA is pretty lacking in the knowledge of what TCE can do to your health from exposure and to get a VA Dr to say your illness is more likely than not caused by exposure to this chemical is probably going to be hard to do.
We pronounced it "trike" for short. We also used it like water for cleaning parts. I was stationed in Graf, Germany 74-75. No health problems for me yet, but we are all just fish in a barrel. Good luck.
MEC. Methyl Ethyl Keytone??
Sorry about spelling.....