The Post and Courier – After serving in three wars, it wasn’t armed conflict that killed Rear Adm. Emmett Bonner. It was cancer, possibly caused by the herbicide Agent Orange. Bonner had already served in World War II and the Korean War when he came to Vietnam. There, he commanded the USS Oklahoma City. The ship was stationed at the southern end of the Gulf of Tonkin during the 1964 incident. He died at 57 of cancer only a few years after retiring from the service.