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Profile: Paul Harkins

 
  

Positions that Paul Harkins has held:

  • Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)


 

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1942      US Military

       The US Army Chemical Warfare Service, working with a Harvard University team of researchers led by Dr. Louis Fieser, develop napalm (naphthenic palmitic acids), a flammable, gasoline-based incendiary weapon. Early napalm is made by mixing the aluminum soap powder of naphthene and palmitate (naphthenic and palmitic acids) with gasoline. [Russel, 1967; Remers, 2000 cited in Adams, n.d.] A later formula, referred to as “Napalm-B,” uses 46 percent polystyrene, 33 percent gasoline and 21 percent benzene. The US uses the weapon in all of its major conflicts. The incendiary weapon produces a fiery explosion that sometimes hits temperatures of more than 5,000 degrees. It sucks oxygen out of the air and can kill people who are not burned to death by asphyxiation. [Sydney Morning Herald, 8/8/2003; San Francisco Chronicle, 4/1/2001]
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