Vietnam vet suffering after Agent Orange dies trying to charge oxygen machine during Texas storms

CROSBY, TX – A Vietnam veteran passed away in Texas after reportedly being unable to charge his oxygen machine – which forced the man to find an alternative way to find a to charge his machine. 

Sadly, the veteran was said to have passed away while attempting to charge a portable oxygen machine inside of his vehicle. 

Many in the country are well aware that the state of Texas has endured numerous issues in light of the intense winter storms that have hit the Lone Star State – including copious amounts of power outages

Carrol “Andy” Anderson, 75, and his wife Gloria “Toni” Anderson were among those affected by these power outages, which posed complications due to Andy requiring electricity to operate his oxygen machine. 

When Andy was serving in Vietnam, he was said to have been exposed to Agent Orange – the herbicide that was used during the era to clear foliage – and was later diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Said diagnosis is what led Andy to require an oxygen machine. 

Yet, both Andy and his wife figured that the power outage in their neck of the woods would be brief. But clearly, that wasn’t the case.

While speaking with a local ABC outlet about her husband’s passing, Toni commented on that notion: 

“We just thought the power would get back on. We didn’t know the power would be out for days like it was.”

Andy was said to have put forth his best efforts to get a generator going to help get power in the house, but said efforts were not successful. 

In a last ditch effort, Andy went out to his truck to try utilizing a portable oxygen device. Shortly thereafter, Toni went to check on her husband and found him deceased inside of the vehicle: 

“I went out there, he had no response. He was already cold. It looked like he was trying to get out of the truck.”

It was later determined that Andy had died due to hypothermia. However, Toni says that had her husband still had his oxygen machine powered on inside of the home, then he’d likely still be here: 

“Had he had his oxygen, had the power not been off, I think he would have still been here with me right now.”

The couple were married for 30 years, and Toni says that she sometimes turns to talk to her late husband – only to realize he’s no longer here: 

“Just like I’ve been doing all week, I think of something I want to say to him, and I’ll turn and he’s not there. I’ll be wanting to talk to him, he’s not there.”

During the winter storms, one of the pipes had burst inside of their home which resulted in the kitchen getting flooded.

With Toni’s husband gone, and a home in need of repairs, a GoFundMe has been established to help the grieving widow with the unexpected expenses. 

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In a more uplifting story pertaining to veterans, a Vietnam veteran in South Carolina recently made some headlines after he took out a home intruder earlier in February. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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AIKEN, SC — An armed intruder picked the wrong house to invade and paid a heavy price when he was severely beaten by an elderly Vietnam veteran protecting his wife who was slashed by the suspect’s knife.

The suspect, Harold Runnels, 61, forced his way into the home of 82-year-old Herbert Parrish and 79-year-old Lois Parrish.

Runnels knocked on the back door of the Parrish home around 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. When Lois opened it, Runnels asked if she had seen his dog. She told FOX 57:

“I opened the door and he said he was looking for his little white chihuahua and wanted to know if I saw it. I told him, no, I didn’t.”

Lois then tried to close the door, but Runnels suddenly forced his way into the house and allegedly pulled a large knife and began attacking Lois with the back handle of it.

Lois fell to the ground and injured her left index finger. Runnels used his knife to slice her face, according to FOX 57.

Harold told the news station he feared for their lives:

“I felt, we’re gone. He’s going to kill us and take what he can take.”

Herbert then sprang into action. He grabbed a shotgun that was mounted on a wall and beat Runnels with it until he fell to the ground and became unresponsive, according to WJBF-TV.

Harold said:

“I started hitting him in the head with the barrel and I know I must have hit him at least ten times right in the face, just as hard as I could hit him.”

Capt. Eric Abdullah of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Herbert “was able to strike Mr. Runnels enough to the point where he fell to the floor still being conscious but unresponsive.”

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables confirmed Runnels died at the Augusta University Medical Center later Monday night from the injuries he sustained during the attack, according to FOX 57.

Herbert and Lois recognized Runnels as someone they had seen in the neighborhood, according to FOX 13. WJBF-TV reported that Runnels lived in a nearby mobile home community.

Neighbor Jessica Clark told WJBF-TV:

“This street is normally not that crazy or anything and we all know each other and everything. I never would have expected it to happen here. And so I kinda feel like it puts a stain on this neighborhood in a way.”

Neighbors told the TV station they did not know the suspect and are shocked about the attempted home invasion. Clark said she was relieved to hear the victims were ok. She said Herbert is a decorated vet who fought in Vietnam:

“But when I heard they were able to fend off the suspect, I was so proud of them and I was like, ok, so that guy picked the wrong house.”

Capt. Abdullah said people need to be careful when opening their doors to strangers. In a statement, the captain said:

“We would encourage anyone who encounters suspects that are attempting to unlawfully enter their home, call for immediate help. It is best to get help on the way and give as many details as possible on the suspect(s) as well as reporting the actions of the suspect.”

Clark said that while she used to feel comfortable leaving the doors to her home open, she will now keep them locked:

“You know, it does give us a little bit of paranoia and stuff. I was actually with my sister, helping her that day when it happened.

“And so, I was like, man, what if they would have picked my place? And so that was a little scary for me.”

Runnels’ motive is unknown. His body will be sent to Newberry for an autopsy and toxicology report.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said there will be no charges filed against the victims. While the couple was injured, they are expected to fully recover.

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