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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am

Back on Nov. 27, Vietnam veteran Larry Scott predicted he might not live to see Christmas. He did, but only barely.

A 63-year-old Hayden resident, Scott died Monday surrounded by his family at the Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene.

Scott - featured in a story in The Press early last month - was exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War.

"Dying doesn't scare me," he said in an interview with The Press. "It's the process of getting there that gets you nervous because you just don't know what's next."

During the past six years, Larry has been able to spend some time traveling, going to car shows, camping, boating, fishing and sewing, according to his obituary.

He started a year-long tour in Vietnam in October 1970 after being drafted into the U.S. Army.

He was sent to Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne, primarily tasked with tracking troop movements.

He was exposed to Agent Orange, a defoliant, while he was near the demilitarized zone that divided North and South Vietnam. He also was likely exposed while spending a month in Vietnam's A Shau Valley.

About 12 years ago, Scott found out he had advanced prostate cancer, spreading beyond his prostate. Cancer struck him early because of his exposure, he said.

By 2006, he found out the cancer had spread to his bones, including vertebrae, ribs, both shoulders and the side of his skull.

After a great deal of chemotherapy over the years, he quit a few months ago.

Scott said he was proud to die because of his military service.

However, he badly wanted to hold out until his first grandchild was to be born this spring.

"I'm hoping I make it that long," he said.

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  • Purple78 posted at 10:31 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Purple78 Posts: 21

    Rest In Peace Brother, God be with you and your family.

  • truthful1 posted at 4:26 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Facts are hard, agreed.

  • Jill Heine posted at 12:10 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    You are wrong about a lot of things DeNiles. A friend of mine in CDA was just awarded total disability for his Agent Orange associated prostate cancer. Components of RoundUp are also tainted with dioxins. My assertion remains that Monsanto is pushing poison upon unsuspecting consumers, and in cases like you, those in denial!

    Monsanto had a massive role in the defeat of GMO labeling in California last fall. Monsanto recently sold it's GMO bovine growth hormones monopoly to Eli Lilly, and sold it's aspartame business to Pfizer. Are these drug companies better positioned and equipped to market fat growth poison to children? Lily was recently fined $1.3B for off label marketing of antidepressants to the children's health segment.

    Do a little more research and a lot less DENIAL in the future.

  • wanderson posted at 12:09 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    wanderson Posts: 40

    Rest in Pease my Brother.

    By the way it was Dow Chemical not Monsanto.

  • flattopramen posted at 12:06 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    flattopramen Posts: 140

    Wow. defending the honor of a major manipulator of American legal policy (Monsanto), while disparaging the memory of a Vet? That is low.

  • DeNiles posted at 10:37 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    I was wrong in my previous post. Prostate cancer is related to agent orange and does qualify for VA healthcare benefits. I had another process confused with this disease. Apologies to everyone concerned,

  • truthful1 posted at 9:48 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Aug. 5, 2008 — UC Davis Cancer Center physicians today released results of research showing that Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange have greatly increased risks of prostate cancer and even greater risks of getting the most aggressive form of the disease as compared to those who were not exposed.

  • DeNiles posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    How sad for this family and how pathetic for this so-called 'newspaper'. Agent Orange is one of the most studied toxic substances in history. It has been linked to a number of diseases, not this one. The family lost a wonderful person and they can feel free to make this association however they wish. This newspaper should know better. For the paper to falsely print such a headline will only serve to unnecessarily raise the fears of others. That is horrifically bad journalism.

  • DeNiles posted at 8:00 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Now some facts. Monsanto did not invent aspartame and no longer sells aspartame. Monsanto acquired Searle in 85 and sold it in 2000. Searle invented and sells aspartame (which is still considered safe by the FDA). Monsanto is one member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) that is sponsoring an agricultural bill that if enacted would limit liability exposure for genetically modified crops. The BIO has 100's of member companies and to vilify Monsanto alone is simply inaccurate.

    Jill has an axe grinding problem with Monsanto apparently.

  • Jill Heine posted at 6:37 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    sad Larry didn't survive to see his first grandchild. Monsanto is using a more effective defoliant on America's crops today, with bioaccumulation and disruption of the Cytochrome P450 pathway being the object. The goal is toxicity over time leading to premature death. Monsanto also pushes aspartame on young children to instigate ill health and obesity. Monsanto currently pushes for immunity from prosecution for its poisoning of the world food crops.

  • voxpop posted at 5:51 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    My dad was a WWII vet and died of metastasized prostate cancer. He was wounded and suffered for 4+ years. He was exposed to every sort of condition possible - but he never blamed his cancer on the govt. This article was written as if this assertion were fact. The hardest thing to deal with after returning from Vietnam wasn't what I experienced over there, it was what I came home to. But I did go, and was also proud to serve, as opposed to a local politician or two.

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