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This week the VA has added the below named ships to the already existing list for Navy and Coast Guard ships and vessels that are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. If you served on any of these mentioned ships and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as the source for your reapplication. AUSN is told the VA is already working on a third list that will have more ships listed. If you have a claim and evidence the ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a dock there, make sure you include that with your claim.

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways

All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB [patrol boat] and WHEC [high endurance cutters]

USS Mark (AKL-12) [light cargo ship]; USS Brule (AKL-28)

USS Patapsco (AOG-1) [gasoline tanker]; USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)

USS Genesee (AOG-8); USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9)

USS Tombigbee (AOG-11); USS Noxubee (AOG-56)

USS Okanogan (APA-210) [attack transport]; USS Montrose (APA-212)

USS Bexar (APA-237)

USS Benewah (APB-35) [self-propelled barracks ship]; USS Colleton (APB-36)

USS Mercer (APB-39); USS Nueces (APB-40)

Barracks Barge (APL-26) [sleeping quarters] ); Barracks Barge (APL-30)

USS Tutuila (ARG-4) [repair ship]; USS Satyr (ARL-23) [repair ship]

USS Sphinx (ARL-24); USS Askari (ARL-30); USS Indra (ARL-37)

USS Krishna (ARL-38)

USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) [landing ship dock]; USS Comstock (LSD-19)

USS Tortuga (LSD-26)

USS Asheville (PG-84) [patrol gunboat]; USS Gallop (PG-85)

USS Antelope (PG-86); USS Ready (PG-87); USS Crockett (PG-88)

USS Marathon (PG-89); USS Canon (PG-90)

Floating Base Platform (YRBM-17) [repair, berthing, and messing barge]

Floating Base Platform (YRBM-18); Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20) Winnemucca (YTB-785) [harbor tug]

Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or docked to the shore:

USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon River Harbor during May 1964

USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] conducted surveys of Mekong Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through 1969

USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] operated on Hue River during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landings through March 1967

USS Montrose (APA-212) operated on Song Hue River during December 1965, operated on Long Tau River during March 1967, and operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during May 1967

USS Talladega (APA-208) operated on Saigon River during October 1967

USS Bolster (ARS-38) [salvage ship] crew operated on land.

USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] operated on Saigon River from March 31 through April 1, 1966, on Cua Viet River during December 15, 1966, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River during January 15, 1967

USS Sproston (DD-577) [destroyer] operated on Mekong Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during January 1966

USS Picking (DD-685) operated on Saigon River during November 16, 1965

USS Epperson (DD-719) docked to Da Nang Pier on October 4, 1970

USS Southerland (DD-743) operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River during July 1966

USS John W. Thomason (DD-760) operated on Nga Be River during 1969

USS Buck (DD-761) operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River during October 1966

USS Preston (DD-795) operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and Saigon River during September 28 - 29 and December 27 - 29, 1965

USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone from June 19-July 1, 1966

USS Perkins (DD-877) operated on Saigon River during June 1969

USS Orleck (DD-886) operated on Mekong River Delta during July 1969

USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] operated on Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during November 7 and December 7, 1968

USS Waddell (DDG-24) operated on Cua Viet River during March 1967

USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha Trang during December 22-24, 1965

USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang during March and October 1971

USS Cleveland (LPD-7) operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well as Hue River, from November 1967 through 1968 and Saigon River during September 1969

USS Dubuque (LPD-8) docked at Da Nang on March 15, 1970

USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay on September 9, 1965

USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during December 1967

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Tom Snyder
# Tom Snyder
Friday, July 09, 2010 6:09 PM
I just wrote an email responding to your legislative update, before I read this traffic. Here is the info I was looking for--the "ships list" for agent orange exposure eligibility.

Thanks for your good work on our behalf.

Tom Snyder
Friday, July 09, 2010 8:45 PM
Friday, July 09, 2010 8:46 PM
Ed Flanagan
# Ed Flanagan
Sunday, July 11, 2010 2:45 PM
Add USS Brownson DD 868. January 31, 1967 - February 28, 1967.
Floyd Connelly
# Floyd Connelly
Sunday, July 11, 2010 6:00 PM
What about USS Repose AH-16? Crew members arrived and departed NSA Danang. Some were TAD for weeks awaiting repose arrival. Not to mention going ashore for li\iberty from USS Repose in Danang harbor (IO have Photos to prove it)
CDR p.w. PRAWL ussn ret
# CDR p.w. PRAWL ussn ret
Sunday, July 11, 2010 9:38 PM
USS MATTHEWS AKA96 operated between dancing & CUA VIET and routinely sent our boats up to "Hue Landing" 1967 68 cruise in fact, we unloaded 12 boats there the night before Tet, and went back to ship in the dark, because skipper said something was up!

This was routine for us on viet deployments, since we had 24 boats, we routinely delivered inland, and operated independent of PHIBRON 7, because we could only do 14 knots. Decommissioned in 1968.
RADM Daniel R. Bowler, USN (Ret)
# RADM Daniel R. Bowler, USN (Ret)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:04 PM
USS TURNER JOY (DD 951) conducted gunfire support operations while at anchor in Da Nang in the spring of 1971.

USS WELCH (PG 93), homeported in Guam, docked at Cam Ranh Bay in November 1971, at Da Nang in 1972, and at Vung Tao in 1972
jessie  williams, jr
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:50 PM
I am a Vietnam veteran I served aboard the Uss Tortuga LSD 26 from 1967 to 1969
in deck division 2nd, my favorite boat's at that was Bm3 Marty in 2nd division,Marty, I
did make Bm3 me and Sparky, I knew he got transfered to a LST, I saw him in Guam.
There is a lots to say, I do cherish the moments we had while aboard the USS Tortuga
LSD 26 .We were at of Long Beach, California, We sailed to Vung Tau, Cam Rahn By,
Da Nang, Viietnam and other special missions,throwing grenades,landing on the beach
head, man that was great.
Alton D.
# Alton D. ""Quisenberry
Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:48 PM
Add USS George Clymer (APA 27) to list
USS George Clymer (APA 27) operated temporarily ion Vietnam,s inland waters and docked in Saigon . Don't remember the dates, but would be in the ships log during WESTPAC deployment in 1964 or 1962- 1963
Monday, July 19, 2010 3:08 PM
As you may know - VA is working on several other list. If after a short time - you do not see the ship your are recommending, I will forward the correct email to VA to get the ship considered. Ships logs are very important to getting them listed.
jessie williams jr
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 6:34 PM
thank you for List of Ships operating in the inland waters of Vietnam, I am one of the
veterans who was aboard the USS Tortuga LSD-26 in 1967, 1968, 1969 that was exposed
to the Agent Orange.transfer to another ship USS Seminole AKA 104.showing signs of
Richard J.Smith
# Richard J.Smith
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:17 AM
The USSBarryDD933 operated in the Mekong Delta in 1965/66.Waiting for additionsl list to come out.
alvin e thomas
# alvin e thomas
Saturday, August 07, 2010 11:57 PM
the USS Fred T Berry DD 858 should be included in Vietnam Service....1965...its there histroy page on the internet even
jack waldron
# jack waldron
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:46 PM
USS Neches (AO-47) dropped anchor and unrepped the USS Krishna (ARL-38) in An Thoi, early October, 1968.
jack waldron
# jack waldron
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:00 PM
Ike, I thank you for your devotion to duty!

glenn mitchell
# glenn mitchell
Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:10 PM
I was on the Uss Hull DD 945 during the 1966-67 tour of viet Nam.we were in Danang Harbor. I and usually2-3 others would take the whale boat into the harbor. We, I'm 99% sure, a plane ----two engine prop as I recall---spraying not too far away. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004--I haven't worked at my job as Laboratory Director since 2005, I'm trying my darndest,, but it's been down hill since.

Glenn E. Mitchell

jack waldron
# jack waldron
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:44 PM
USS Neches (AO-47) spent January 16, 1969, providing Logistics support in Cam Ranh Bay.
glenn e. mitchell
# glenn e. mitchell
Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:48 PM
I just want to say again the Hull was bay waters, one time documented in an article written by an officer on the USS Forester. In addition, the occassional utilization of the whale boat deep in the harbor, one time on a dock. I remember thinking I'm actually in Viet Nam.

Glenn E. Mitchell Uss Hull DD945 1966-1967
Jack McClure
# Jack McClure
Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:34 AM
USS Safeguard ARS 25 qualifies as ship exposed to agent orange. 1968 and 1969 (boots on the ground)
1.1968, docked at pier berth, Da Nang, camp tien sha, (boots on the ground)
2. Cua Viet river delta, salvage mined dredge blocking river traffic
3. Tan My river, salvage tug and landing craft sunk blocking river traffic ( boots on ground)
4. Na Trang, harbor, salvage mined british tanker Helisoma, (boots on ground)
5. Overhaul refueling stations at LST landing ramps (boots on the ground)
6. ship stranding on delta island sand bar, crew ashore for medivac, (boots on the ground.)
michael flynn
# michael flynn
Thursday, January 06, 2011 9:44 PM
I was on the USS PRESTON DD795 IN 1965 the ship is on your list of ships that is on the agent orange registry.Early this week I went to my VA Clinic and signed up for the agent orange registry and today i had a woman from the hospital in Fayetteville Ar. called me and told me that I wasn't elligible to be on the registry because the Preston wasn't on her list. This is the kind of thing that makes a person just giveup but i'm not going too because i have medical problems that are directly related to agent orange and I'm not giving up...
Jim metz
# Jim metz
Saturday, January 22, 2011 4:45 PM
I was aboard the USS Pickaway APA 222 in 1965 put troops & equipment ashore near
Danang with other ships of Comphibron 3 . Spent several days unloading ships in landing craft
James Linley
# James Linley
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:38 PM
The USS Higbee (DD-806) was in operations: 01-26 May 1970, 08Jun-14Jul 1970, and 20Jul-08Aug1970. Please confirm and add.
Thanks for the good work and support.
alvin thomas
# alvin thomas
Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:33 AM
I was on the USS Fred T.Berry DD858. In 1996 I had 4-5 Ischemic Strokes and 1 Ischemic heart attack in 2008. I also have a negative going t-wave. The VA said case denied. I received combat pay in 1966 and operated in the Mekong Delta. We went up the Saigon River for a fire support mission for the marines. None of it matters. The VA is full of it!!!!
James Linley
# James Linley
Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:39 AM
The USS Schofield 9DEG-3) was in operaqtions: 18 Jun 1969 - 05 Jul 1969, and 27 Jul 1969 - 14 Aug 1969. Please confirm and add.
glenn e. mitchell
# glenn e. mitchell
Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:00 PM
I talked with the Regional V.A after I received a letter stating "if I had any more data, to send it as soon as possible because they would be making decision within 30 days based on the information they had. I did have some additional so immediately made copies and walked it to the regional office. I turned them in to a guy at the desk who then asked me if I had been exposed to asbestos, which we had in dry dock, He said to put that down. This sent them in whole different direction, until I called who called the head va office. that this is only documentation in case a problem arises. So on and on it goes where she stops nobody knows.
Glenn Mitchell January 27, 2011
mike james
# mike james
Friday, February 04, 2011 1:29 PM
Re: Mr. Floyd Connelly, Sir: I would add..That's absurd !! our government has NOT included the USS Repose ??? IGNORANT...our hospital ship(s) would be excluded !! This negative type of Honorable Vietnam Veteran consideration by our government totally flustrates me, I really think that all Veterans need to stand-up, together and demand that this country man-up to its responsibility to its President A. Lincoln once ordered, and what ever the FALLS under the cost of war...What message does this send to our now active service members ??? What will we, as a nation, offer them...a deaf ear !!
Joe Farnsworoth
# Joe Farnsworoth
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:51 PM
I served aboard USS Repose AH-16 Aug 68 - Aug 69. Arrived Camp Tein Sha - stayed a week then to an LST? to the ship. One year later Camp Tein Sha again for almost a week. Not to mention the beach time on I believe Monkey Mountain.
david johnson
# david johnson
Monday, March 07, 2011 1:13 PM
the uss lockword de 1064 pulled into port da nang two differant times during the spring of 1970. im practicly homeless and havent worked for 5 years. need help and support
Dave Moore
# Dave Moore
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 8:27 PM
I served on the USS CONFLICT MSO-426 1968-1969 We were exposed to agent orange more than once. But especially April to Aug. 1968 My pay reflects combat pay, my capt. wrote letter about helicopter recovery in harbor. I have vietnam service medal. Yet they say, no I really wasn't there. This is just another Gov. run around like everything else. USS CONFLICT MSO-426 should be listed from April 68 to Aug 68.
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:49 AM
I served aboard USS KOINER (DER-331) during TET Offensive in 1968 and during Market Time Operations I volunteered to relieve one PCF regular crew member in order for him to enjoy a relaxing rest aboard the KOINER (mothership). My claim for compensation for Diabetes was denied due to inability on my part as well as VA to verify this event. My ship was not even recognize as being in the Waters of Vietnam. During this time I was awarded the Vietnan Service Medal & Vietnam Campaign Medal. Thanks
Dave Moore
# Dave Moore
Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:36 PM
I was aboard the USS CONFLICT MSO-426 We were in Nha Trang harbor for a helicopter recovery. We were in the area April-Aug 1969. Have letter to prove it. They have Conflict there for 1964 but need to update to April-Aug. 1969. My request were all denied. I have several of the illiness but they say we weren't there! Combat pay, combat vietnam metal and pic. of recovery and letter. They just don't intend to pay. ANYone else tserved on Conflict get in touch with your senators and VA. let them know WE WERE THERE. Thanks
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:19 AM
Does anybody out there know the Secret Code/Password to access VA to recommend a US Navy Ship namely USS KOINER (DER-331) of which I was on from July 1967-Sep 1968 and operated in Vietnam servicing PCF (Swift Boat) in shallow waters (10 fathoms) deep, to be included in the Ships List exposed to Agent Orange ?.
Dave Moore
# Dave Moore
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:50 PM
ADD USS CONFLICT MSO-426 for Nha TrangApril-Aug 1969.........It is on there for 1964 Now check letter de'Allisso etc. she was there in 1969.
Dave Moore
# Dave Moore
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:56 PM
On my first entry I put April-Aug. 1968. It should have been April Aug1969. Not '68. It gets a little overwhelming sometimes. But, the 1969 dates are in the book and by letter and by medal and combat pay. This should be noted.
# Mike
Saturday, March 19, 2011 6:56 PM
These poor people in Japan having to deal with all this and now radiation..However, I'm reminded of the U.S. Ships off shore Vietnam...Our ships were ordered to pull back from Japan's shoreline because of contaminated air-borne radiation exposure...but with agent orange being air-borne over the South China Sea, WELL, apparently there is NO air over the South China Sea....This just shows that ALL U.S. Ships within 100 miles of the Vietnam coast WERE EXPOSED !!!! and ALL members on board were also exposed, and the government continues to FAIL to fulfill their commitment to all honorably discharged U. S. Veterans of the Vietnam War !!
Tusinger, Arthur (Ed)
Sunday, April 03, 2011 1:24 AM
I served aboard the USS Regulus AF-57 along the coast of Viet Nam during Viet Nam Counteroffensive Phase VI. 24 Nov to 7 Dec 1968 and 13 Dec to 23 Dec 1968 were on station dates, delivering holiday meals to the ships and troops. The ship docked in Da Nang Harbor and anchored in Cam Rhan Bay delivering supplies and operated close enough to the beach that on at least one evening I was able to watch a firefight while also watching the ship's movie. There were a number of aircraft that flew over the ship while in Da Nang Harbor like we were off the end of a runway. I had quadruple bypass surgery 5 Oct 2010 and the V.A. surgeon had his administrative nurse give me information on Agent Orange exposure. I have filed a claim for disability but I have found the Regulus is not on a list of ships that were considered Brown Water Navy. Any information from anyone would be helpful.
Friday, April 15, 2011 2:44 AM
My husband just passed away of cancer and bones breaking in his back and had heart problems too. He was on the U.S.S. Constellation. He was exposed to the bombs loading with agent orange leaking out and as I understand Australia is recognizing that the Navy was also drinking and taking showers with agent orange in it since when it was filtered, it did not filter out the agent orange. It sunk to the bottom. Any comment out there of the U.S.S. Constellation in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Ann Forschler
# Ann Forschler
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:42 AM
Hi Sharon...

When was your husband stationed on the Connie???
My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease. VA told hime flat out "no compensatation... no proof of the Connie ever being in VN". My hubby served from June 1974 to June 1975.
Im concerned on how much agent orange the Connie transported to where ?
Isnt it not so funny that there was millions of gallons of AO dumped in VN and the goverment cant figure out how it got there!
Bob Reynolds
# Bob Reynolds
Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:49 AM
I served on The USS Towhee AGS 28...sent time mapping and surveying coastal waters and spent many days in Da Nang harbor...myself and many of my shipmates used the base medical facilities in Da Nang.......but we also are not listed as being there......very strange indeed since we were there in 66,67,68...respectfully
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:35 AM
Shipmate Bob Reynolds, FYI, if U are Diabetic or suffering fm any of the identified presumptive ailment caused by Agent Orange and can prove by perhaps submitting a certified copy of UR Service Record Pg. 5, (History of Assignments) to VA and the appropriate time frame of you being there, submit or re-submit UR claims application.

Refer, DVA, Veterans Benefits Administration Ltr Dtd Sep. 9, 2010 - Subj: Adjudicating Disability Claims Based on Herbicide Exposure from U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Veterans of the Vietnam Era. Good Luck!.
roy massey
# roy massey
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:08 PM
3 tours (cruises) aboard U.S.S. Vancouver LPD-2. 65 -67 Danang ,DMZ, Quang Tri, Vung Tau, Mekong delta and alot of places without names. Operation Prairie and all 5 Deckhouse operations. Son born in`67 has no sense of smell . Myself ? So far so good. I believe liberal doses of San Miguel might have helped me.
Ron Goforth
# Ron Goforth
Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:53 PM
There have been three presumptives in the last year added and I think Parkinsons was one of them. I was on the Constellation 1967-68.
Bob Grant
# Bob Grant
Friday, June 24, 2011 4:03 PM
I have Parkinson and wass a gunnersmate on the USS Galevston CLG3-We we were in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969-By night we fired from vaious positions in Da Nang, an by day in the mouth of the Song Thu Bon River-This was the tail end of the TET offensive-we assisted the ROK marines a the first marine division with directed fire. To get to the mouth of the Song Thu Bon we had to go beyond the entrance to the the Bon Dia (sounds inland to me)
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Friday, June 24, 2011 7:16 PM
Shipmate Bob Grant, If u r not getting compensation 4 Parkinsons due to Exposure 2 Agent Orange, pls refer 2 my comment 2 Shipmate Bob Reynolds on 25 May 2011. I think ur ship is only being recognize as a 7th Fleet ship (Blue Water Navy) and not a Navy vessel that operated in inland waters of Vietnam. Pls follow my advise to Shipmate Bob Reynolds. Good Luck!. "FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS"
Shirley Eddy
Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:04 PM
# Alton D. ""Quisenberry
Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:48 PM
Add USS George Clymer (APA 27) to list
USS George Clymer (APA 27) operated temporarily ion Vietnam,s inland waters and docked in Saigon . Don't remember the dates, but would be in the ships log during WESTPAC deployment in 1964 or 1962- 1963 Alton D quisenberry, Could you Email me about the Uss George Clymer. This is my Email address You wrote this a while ago and my guy thats working on my husbands case would like to ask you some things about this ship when in VN.. Thank You so very much.. Shirley Eddy
Lynda moore
# Lynda moore
Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:58 PM
My husband spent 12 years in the Navy. He was on the USS CONFLICT MSO-426 in Vietnam 1968-1969. He was coast line in Natrang and Cam Ranh Bay for helicopter recovery rescue and other duties in April-Aug. 1969. Please add it to the list. Confict is listed for 1964, but not 1969. He has three of the conditions listed. Thanks Lynda
roy massey
# roy massey
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 10:50 PM
While my ship ,U.S.S. Vancouver LPD2 ,is not on the list of O.A. exposed ships, I find the Henrico APA 45 is. She was with us , as well as the Estes. I do however, have a copy of the Vancouver deck log , documenting a cruise from Subic Bay and Anchoring out at Vung Tau. Reckon that will be enough if I should file a claim?? We were also on the Hue River ,Quang Tri, the DMZ,Da Nang, Chu Lai, Cam Rahn Bay, and the Me Cong Delta
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:32 PM
Shipmate Roy Massey, UR reckoned is correct, and that information about ur ship involvement in Vietnam during the ERA will be the basis to claim for compensation if U have any of the presumptive ailment cause by exposure to Agent Orange i.e., Type 2 Diabetes or any others. Pls consult with UR nearest Service Organization 2 help U with further particulars.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:26 AM
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:06 AM
Ahoy ! Shipmate Mick, I think I remembered you as being abt pretty close to 6 feet?, any way I was the PNSN (Personnel Man) aboard the Koiner when you rept aboard. Let's be Personal and Private on your area of interest abt ur Separation Papers, here is my email - or FB "FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS"
Ronald Gregg
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:35 PM
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:57 AM
Shipmate GREGG, I've researched Ships List as late as Jan 2011, unfortunately OAKHILL has not been recognized by VA. There is another way to approach this, provided u r suffering fm any Ailment presumptively cause by exposure to Herbicide while serving during the Vietnam Era. If u r interested u may personally email me -
William Stetler
# William Stetler
Friday, July 15, 2011 9:31 PM
How about ships like the USS Rathburne DE-1057 ,We were in and out of DaNang numerous times and at the DMZ That was also Heavily sprayed with Agent orange in,1971-2.
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:38 AM
Sorry Shipmate Stetler I don't quite understand ur question - I could perhaps research the Rathburne if she has been recognize by VA of Ships Exposed to Agent Orange during the yrs you cited and give u some advise if u have any ailment presumptively cause by Exposure to Agent Orange. If u wish write back.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:58 AM
thomas lane
# thomas lane
Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:02 PM
uss scholfield deg-3 we went into da-nang 1972-1973
Richard A. Renner
# Richard A. Renner
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 3:49 PM
I served aboard the USS Koiner (DER-331) From July 1966 Thru December 1967. I specifically recall that the Koiner was tied up to the USS Tutuila in Vung Tau harbor for 3 days in February 1967. The Koiner's evaporators were out of commission and had been for several weeks. We put in there to repair them. The Tutuila is on the list of ships exposed to
agent orange so what conclusion can be drawn about the Koiner? I was an ET in the OI
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:47 PM
Ahoy! shipmate RENNER it's good to be in touch with you, I am not a VA Official I am however, only happy to help other Vietnam Era Veterans that Logged on this link. Especially my former shipmates aboard the Koiner. I reported aboard the Koiner July 1967 and if I remembered distinctly I worked your transfer as a PNSN supervised by PN2 Riggie Ortiz, do you remember any of us? Anyway here is the scope about your service aboard the Koiner, according to the info I have, She was tied up in Vung Tau in early 67. Before I go any further though I want to know if you are suffering from any ailment that have been indentified by VA presumptively cause by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam? If you wish email me at --------

It appears to me that if you have any ailment cause by Exposure to Herbicide while serving in Vietnam Era you are entitle to Compensation. I am also in Facebook ---
Rodney Bowers
# Rodney Bowers
Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:00 PM
Am wondering why USS ENERGY (MSO436) has not been added to the list.
We were in Vung tau, Nha Trang, and Camrahn Bay on 66-67 deployment to
Market Time Ops. Spent considerable time in Camrahn Bay with civilian personnel
embarked with what was supposed to be camera equipment according to those who
were in the know. We also had liberty in Vung Tau and Nha Trang with crewmembers
going ashore.
Rodney Bowers
# Rodney Bowers
Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:07 PM
entry already printed
Jim Thomas
# Jim Thomas
Monday, August 08, 2011 3:29 PM
I know the LSD 22 and other LSD's brought PTF's in and out of Da Nang,Vn from 1964-1971,from and to Subic Bay,PI. I was at the Spook Base 64-65 and 66.On PG 84 1970 up the river at Sea Float and Ben Luc with MST 2 71
Jim Thomas
# Jim Thomas
Monday, August 08, 2011 3:34 PM
Iam getting 70% due to Agent Orange. If you are drawing a check from VA and Have 20 Years or more! you need to Check CRSC,They match VA check,Tax Free
Mike Thibodeau
# Mike Thibodeau
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:35 PM
Locking for info on the USS BOXER LPH 4 that was in Vietnam to pick up soldiers in the year 1968-1969. Have to prove the boxer was there.
Lynda Boone
# Lynda Boone
Friday, August 19, 2011 5:43 PM
My husband served on the USS Koiner (1963-66). He passed away from Multiple Myeloma. My first claim was in 2004. I was told he was only on picket duty 50 off the coast of Viet Nam, so my claim was denied. Since then I have found out that the Koiner was one of the first support vehicles for the River Patrol. I have had telephone conversations with a man he worked on the ship who stated the ship was within the three mile limit for the time my husband served, and the commander who sent me a letter stating his ship was sprayed with Agent Orange when it was used for spotting the planes that were spraying. I also have an email from a shipmate who was receiving Agent Orange Benefits in 2005 (since deceased). I have been told be the Vet. Affairs office my last appeal (Oct. 2009) is pending (as of today) with the Portland, OR Regional Office. Apparently, they are waiting for a decision by the Supreme Court.
Joseph Sablan
# Joseph Sablan
Friday, August 19, 2011 7:20 PM
Ms. Lynda Boone, I am very interested in helping any Vet as much as I can especially have Special interest on former Koiner crew and family. I don't quite understand your letter where you stated (I was told he was only on picket duty 50 off the coast of Viet Nam) this already sound suspecious reason for denial. I am not in any Official capacity but since I was one of the Personnel Specialist on the Koiner from early 67 until her discommissioning and also involved in my own Benefit Claim I have lots of information about her mission related to Agent Orange Claim. So we don't discuss your interest on this LINK please email me at my BOX I also want to know your husband's Name and Rate/Rank. ---
Rodney Bowers
# Rodney Bowers
Friday, August 19, 2011 11:45 PM
This is for RICHARD OUTLAW. I received your E-mail and I do not know you.
My E-mail was for Bob Richards, an old shipmate. Sorry for the confusion and hope
things turn out okay for you.
Allen Whitt
Monday, September 05, 2011 11:42 PM
I served aboard the USS CORAL SEA (1965-67) and have prostate cancer. I was turned down for VA benefits since I had no evidence that Agent Orange was on the ship, even though I believe it was. Do you have any knowledge about AO and CORAL SEA?


Allen Whitt
james hurst
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:37 AM
You all may or may not know that agent orange was used in cuba also during and prior to the vietnam war. Many of us sailors that spent time there were affected by by it. If a big can of worms were opened by this. Its not my doings!!!!!! Check it out !! Many of us sailors were on board ships and we spent much time on land. I contracted an auto-immune disease that is causing much pain and disconfort. If anyone out there knows more about this and can help us , PLEASE DO IT !!!!!!
Heidi Wigley
Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:22 AM
Hello to all the honorable Veterans. My name is Heidi. I am the daughter of a Vietnam Vet who passed away 6 days after his 40th birthday (his birthday is today) due to esophagus/stomach cancer that metastasized to his heart. I also have a sister who was born with Arthrogriposis and cerebral palsy.We have NO family history of the cancer he died of or the disability that my sister was born with. I am trying to get information on his exposure during the Vietnam war. I just found out that the ship he was on the HENRICO has been added to the EXPOSED SHIP list for AGENT ORANGE. I have pretty much all the military documents that pertain to my dads Vietnam service. My hopes and prayers are to be contacted by someone who may have served with him, Knew him, or has similar/close experiences as he did. My dads name is HARRY DUANE WIGLEY JR. He served on the HENRICO from 9/1966 to 2/1968 and the PRINCETON from 4/1968 to 10/1969. If anyone can help please contact me.
gene berry
# gene berry
Monday, October 31, 2011 3:14 PM
hello veterans my va counselor filed an agent orange claim mo. ago i was on the uss mt mckinley in 1964-1965 i have a ships book which shows we were the first ship to land marines in south vietnam and we were anchoerd 5 miles from danang and 1 mile off vietnsm coastal. but the ship is not on the list the last i cheked. does anyone know about the ship? i have ishemic heart disease. thanks for any update.8
gene berry
# gene berry
Monday, October 31, 2011 3:29 PM
ps. ship was also in bangkok thailand around the same time wheras i went ashore on liberty i heard bangkok was sprayed also has anybody heard this?
roy massey
# roy massey
Monday, October 31, 2011 5:48 PM

Hello Gene, My ship, the Vancouver was there at Da Nang at that operation. The Vancouver is on the A. O. list , along with the Estes and Henrico .I can recall the Mt. Mckinley being there also . Good luck.
# Ike
Monday, October 31, 2011 6:07 PM
FOR ALL QUESTIONS ON AGENT ORANGE: I addressed this in a recent Capitol Hill Advocacy -- of 14OCT 2011 -- see below:

Agent Orange – issue and Legislation:
HR 812/S. 1629 - Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011, HR 2634 Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011
The current ship list can be found at Most Blue Water Navy ships are not yet – included in the list, unless they made certain port calls or actions inland, however, there are several studies and legislation that indicates exposure to off shore ships in the Vietnam War. AUSN is keeping a very close watch on the updated list & this issue; we support S 1629 and HR 2634. You can see how to add to the list the above web page. Log books, records are needed to add to the VA List. –

This update appears at --

Suggest all concerned - remember -- VA will have the latest information on Agent Organe issues; AUSN website will not --
Since I am leaving AUSN in December -- suggest you view the VA web site listed above - often and -- support the legislation mentioned above.

gene berry
# gene berry
Monday, October 31, 2011 6:58 PM
thanks roy for info i remember the vancouverand estes estes was our sister ship who relived us on south china seas in 1965
Edwin L. Thomson
# Edwin L. Thomson
Monday, October 31, 2011 7:15 PM
Looking for someone who served on the USS Juno LPD10 from June 1969 to 1972.
Trying to get the ship qualified for time docked at DaNang; looking for someone who had access to the ship log. Thanks for all help.
Roy massey
# Roy massey
Monday, October 31, 2011 10:09 PM

Edwin, I was aboard the USS Vancouver LPD2 in Nam. I found deck logs documenting leaving Subic and anchoring in Vung Tau. I believe it was" Deck Log Project".Try Googling it. If you don`t locate it let me know and I`ll dig through my papers.
Bruce Thomas
# Bruce Thomas
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:02 PM
Looking for someone aboard USS Seminole AKA 104 that can substantiate radar personal carrying dispatches by "mike" boats ashore to elephant pier. Also offloading supplies and equipment at Da Nang, operation "Daring Endeavor", and operation" Bold Mariner" south of Da Nang.
# Susan
Monday, November 07, 2011 12:29 PM
Does anyone have any information on the USS Fechteler? My husband was on this ship for 2 West Pac Tours, 1965-1967. He now has cancer on his lung, and damage from Asbestos as he was in the boiler room during his tours as a boiler-tender. He also has vacular damage, which could be cased by agent orange, and heart disease. His ship is not on the presumptive list even though we have pictures of his ship letting people off and on and pictures of the gun line, which show's them very close to shore. They also took sea water and made it into drinking water which could transfer agent orange also. Anyone else on the Fechteler?? Would appreciate any information.
# john
Friday, November 11, 2011 1:07 PM
qywhat about the ship MOUNT HOOD AE-29 ??
Roy massey
# Roy massey
Friday, November 11, 2011 2:12 PM

Susan, RE; U.S.S. Fechteler. I was in Nam 65- 67 but am not familiar with his ship. Ask him if they ever took on water at Vung Tau . If so he is probably loaded up with A.O.. .
Google " Deck Logs Project ". I found documentation on my ship , the Vancouver, leaving Subic Bay and anchoring there. I understand the place is A. O. infected and shipboard evaps. only concentrated it. Good luck !!
alvin thomas
# alvin thomas
Sunday, November 13, 2011 1:00 PM
US Navy deep water is being denied Agent Orange claims, even though the Australians pay there Navy Vietnam Veterans.
alvin thomas
# alvin thomas
Sunday, November 13, 2011 1:02 PM
Looking for anyone on the Fred t Berry DD 858 who has had heart attacks ,strokes, diabeties or any other ailments. Also anyone who hasclaims into VA from the Berry.
gene berry
# gene berry
Monday, November 14, 2011 9:16 PM
has anyone heard if uss mt mckinley got on the AO list yet? i know the uss estes is on it and she relieved us from vietnam and cruised the same waters. i was on the mt mckinley from 1964-1965.
bite me
Monday, November 14, 2011 10:28 PM
Anyone in supply, shipping, inventory control of 55 gal. drums, with colored stripes, outside Vietnam, say Guam, Okinawa, Cambodia, Philippines ??? This is DEFINATE contact...No Boots on the Ground, you too have been exposed !!...if you have cancers, other health issues...File V.A. Claims...Good Luck...don't quit...the truth WILL come out !!
Ann Forschler
# Ann Forschler
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:13 PM
One of the reasons why Australians were paid is that they took it to the public... and often. I can personally(sadly) say I have not.
If we all take it more public the goverment agencies can't hide or deny it forever. We all have our proof.
# Susan
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:01 AM
Ray Massey:: yes they did take on water at Vung Tau, and he was in Subic Bay many many times. USS Fechteler was a destroyer. He has now been diagnosed with Lung Cancer, and had surgery last week. I just don't understand was his ship was not on the AO list. Also, thank you for the link to the Deck Logs Project!
# Mike
Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:20 AM
It is pretty sad that our Vets have to prove were they have been in the service.
bite me
Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:04 PM
comment by Mike..11/17/11 it is very sad that we have to prove everything...its a shame that these politicians IGNORE our Veterans...I also would really like to see another Veteran on the United States Supreme Court with a voice representing all Honorable discharged U.S. Veterans...maybe we would see some sort of respect..
alvin e thomas
# alvin e thomas
Friday, November 18, 2011 4:28 PM
Vietnam Veteran on the USS Fred T Berry DD 858. I hav 4-5 Ischemic strokes and 1 Ischemic heart attack. VA won't pay because I am US Navy. same problems as US Marines and Army. Milwaukee VA Still won't pay benefits. Breaking out with sores in my head.
gene berry
# gene berry
Sunday, November 27, 2011 9:20 AM
does anyone know if their is a new list of ao ships that are qualified for compensation? happy holidays
Roy massey
# Roy massey
Sunday, November 27, 2011 1:33 PM
Hello Gene,
Found the site I located the Vancouver on. The Mt. McKinley isn`t on it yet, but is the most current list I have found. public
You might try "ship`s log project". I documented leaving Subic and anchoring at Vung Ta
Good luck.
alvin e thomas
# alvin e thomas
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:25 AM
Looking for any vIETNAM ERA FRED T BERRY DD858 sailors
OS2 Michael Millhollin
# OS2 Michael Millhollin
Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:05 PM
The USS Rathburne (DE-1057), as she was known during the Vietnam war, made it's way in to DaNang Harbor (in country) at least once (that I remember) during one of my two deployments and spent numerous days off the coast north of the DMZ firing it's 5 inch 54 caliber gun in support of Naval Gunfire Support. Why hasn't she been included in the Agent Orange Exposure list? Did the spread of Agent Orange stop at the coastline?
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Rodney Bowers
# Rodney Bowers
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 6:56 PM
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any wedding dresses. In any case, your message has nothing to do with ships in
Vietnam during the Vietnam war nor agent orange. I am not the web owner for this site.

Roy massey
# Roy massey
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:40 PM
I agree. This is a serious site with people writing who have ,for the most part, suffered the ill effects from a war they didn`t ask for. I don`t expect you to understand, just please peddle your dresses somewhere else.
jessie  williams, jr
Thursday, December 29, 2011 1:25 AM
Boatswain Mate 3rd Williams served aboard the USS Tortuga LSD 26 fell on back, now arthritis has set in the small of back,have a degenerative disc, have a mental problem due to PTSD what's up with the VA, denied me of this disabilities. There should be any back log. What's up with this medical problem? please send me an answer.
Lynda Boone
# Lynda Boone
Friday, December 30, 2011 8:07 AM
RE: Robert J. Boone, Electricians Mate Koiner, 1963-66
I have been denied benefits once again, so have an appointment with my VA Rep this afternoon. The law cited in the denial has nothing to do with my situation, so my son and I have decided it is time to engage an attorney. The cited law states that the applicant must have evidence. We do have that, a statement by the ENC of the ship, that the ship had been sprayed by agent orange. Also there was a shipmate of Bob's on the Koiner, who was receiving agent orange benefits in 2005. He is now deceased.
steve norris
# steve norris
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:32 PM
I was on the uss durham lka 114 in vietnam in 1975 and we moved all of the people out of the danger area. during military service over 30 some years i have PTSD soft tissue SARCOMA all over my body a lot of them have been removed. I also have had blisters on my feet for over 30 some years. what can i do for disabilities

SKCM Charles A. Richey's(widow)
# SKCM Charles A. Richey's(widow)
Friday, January 27, 2012 12:54 PM
I am the widow of SKCM Charles A. Richey, He died on Sept. 6, 2010, He was only 61 years old. He had given our counties United States Navy 25 years of his life. He was in good health, some hearing loss, head aches, back pain, things most of us would suffer from. In 2003 he had two mild strokes(high blood presure) saw his doctor every 6 mos. We used local doctors. In November of 2009 Cancer, agressive small cell of the prostate. Charles was a veteran of the vietnam Era, he was on the USS Shangri-la (CVA-38) report date 06 Sep 67, transferred 22 May 1970. Ship logs show that the Shangri-la location was Tonkin Gluf, Vietnam, maps show the Shangri-la off the cost of Da Nang Yankee Station. I have been ask to provide proof he was in Vietnam. All I have is his statement, Transfers and receipts and the items above. His medical records for those dates seem to have been lost in a fire. He was transferred because he had an emergency appendectomy and air lifted off ship. I am at a loss as what to do next. If anyone has information to share, please help. If I have any information you need e-mail Thank you..
SKCM Charles A. Richey's(widow)
# SKCM Charles A. Richey's(widow)
Friday, January 27, 2012 1:13 PM
He also was with the 6th fleet,USS Concord (AFS-5) 3 Aug 70, my records are not clear but seem this was a Eastern Mediterransean.
Guy Thomas
# Guy Thomas
Monday, February 06, 2012 6:36 PM
USS Carter Hall LSD3,was in Viet Nam waters on two different occasions while I was on board.Once in 1963-64 again in 1965-66.I have seen it listed as 1966-67 but not 1963 or 1964.Whats up with that??
Terry Ross
# Terry Ross
Friday, December 13, 2013 2:28 PM
#Terry Ross I served on the USS TOWHEE AGS-28 two tours in and around Da Nang harbor, dates Dec. 9-Jan. 12, 1967 and Oct to Dec. 67. Need to know date crew went ashore to beach for ships R&R party.
# RGiard
Monday, April 14, 2014 7:39 PM
I"m looking for help in proving my father was exposed to AO aboard the USS Energy (on which he served from '63 to Sept. '66). He has heart issues, a history of strokes and now has dementia. We're still waiting for additional medical tests to see what else may be of issue. Please help - he's in skilled nursing respite care because it's all the VA will cover. Please contact me at with any resources you can offer!

Thank you!

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