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Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service has initiated a program to collect data on Vietnam naval operations for the purpose of providing regional offices with information to assist with development in Haas related disability claims based on herbicide exposure from Navy Veterans. To date, we have received verification from various sources showing that a number of offshore “blue water” naval vessels conducted operations on the inland “brown water” rivers and delta areas of Vietnam. We have also identified certain vessel types that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways. The ships and dates of inland waterway service are listed below. If a Veteran’s service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed through military records during the time frames specified, then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development.

All vessels of Inshore Fire Support [IFS] Division 93 during their entire Vietnam tour

USS Carronade (IFS 1)

USS Clarion River (LSMR 409) [Landing Ship, Medium, Rocket]

USS Francis River (LSMR 525)

USS White River (LSMR 536)

All vessels with the designation LST [Landing Ship, Tank] during their entire tour [WWII ships converted to transport supplies on rivers and serve as barracks for brown water Mobile Riverine Forces]

All vessels with the designation LCVP [Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel] during their entire tour

All vessels with the designation PCF [Patrol Craft, Fast] during their entire tour [Also called Swift Boats, operating for enemy interdiction on close coastal waters]

All vessels with the designation PBR [Patrol Boat, River] during their entire tour [Also called River Patrol Boats as part of the Mobile Riverine Forces operating on inland waterways and featured in the Vietnam film “Apocalypse Now”]

USS Ingersoll (DD-652) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, October 24-25, 1965]

USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River August 8-19, 1967 and December 21-24, 1968]

USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang, June 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a bridge]

USS Basilone (DD-824) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, May 24-25, 1966]

USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] [Operated on Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao Rivers, August 15-September 1, 1966]

USS Conway (DD-507) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, early August 1966]

USS Fiske (DD-842) [Destroyer] [Operated on Mekong River, June 16-21, 1966]

USS Black (DD-666) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, July 13-19, 1966]

USS Providence (CLG-6) [Cruiser, Light, Guided Missile] [Operated on Saigon River 3 days during January 1964]

USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate] [Operated on Saigon River October 24-28, 1964]

USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack Transport] [Operated on Saigon River July 22-23, 29-30, 1968 and August 5-6, 1968]

USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] [Unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay, April 22-25, 1968]

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John W Davidson
# John W Davidson
Friday, March 19, 2010 12:35 PM
The AKL's the USS Mark and USS Brule AKL-28 carried cargo up and down the rivers have been left off the list, but should be included.
Jim Lang
# Jim Lang
Friday, March 19, 2010 1:41 PM
Vessels of the Navy and Coast Guard participating in Operation Marketime might also be included. These ships were of the DER and WHEC classes. These ships served close inshore to interdict water traffic and served as mother ships to support the PCF's.
Sidney Bernstein
# Sidney Bernstein
Friday, March 19, 2010 5:13 PM
Mike-8's of the USS Seminole(AKA-104) carried Marine combat cargo ashore and up rivers in South Viet Nam and returned damaged military equipment to the ship. Some crew believe Agent Orange was transported to Viet Nam as well.
Ed Arledge
# Ed Arledge
Friday, March 19, 2010 7:47 PM
What about all the ARL's? Aare they included uner the LST Section. All had transit berthing facilities and were used as such?
Dave Peterson
# Dave Peterson
Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:25 AM
All the savage ships, ATA's, ATF's and ARS's are missing. They were in and out of the harbors and worked close to shore.
James M. Jackson III
# James M. Jackson III
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:23 AM
Your list also leaves out the Hospital Ships USS Repose (AH-16) and USS Sanctuary, both of which spent 50% of their time berthed in Danang Harbor adjacent to Monkey Mountain which was regularly defoliated. The crews of these two vessels flew into Danang to report for duty and out of Danang at EOS. They also escorted patients into Danang to other hospitals and orphanages on a regular basis and spent time at Camp Tien Sha while awaiting travel on outcountry R&R. I have aerial photos showing the Repose adjacent to the defoliated area if you need further proof. Approximate times of duty in RVN for the two vessels was from sometime in 1966 until early in 1970. Thanks.

James M. Jackson III
HMC USNR-Ret.
James M. Jackson III
# James M. Jackson III
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:25 AM
Your list also leaves out the Hospital Ships USS Repose (AH-16) and USS Sanctuary, both of which spent 50% of their time berthed in Danang Harbor adjacent to Monkey Mountain which was regularly defoliated. The crews of these two vessels flew into Danang to report for duty and out of Danang at EOS. They also escorted patients into Danang to other hospitals and orphanages on a regular basis and spent time at Camp Tien Sha while awaiting travel on outcountry R&R. I have aerial photos showing the Repose adjacent to the defoliated area if you need further proof. Approximate times of duty in RVN for the two vessels was from sometime in 1966 until early in 1970. Thanks.

James M. Jackson III
HMC USNR-Ret.
James M. Jackson III
# James M. Jackson III
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:25 AM
Your list also leaves out the Hospital Ships USS Repose (AH-16) and USS Sanctuary, both of which spent 50% of their time berthed in Danang Harbor adjacent to Monkey Mountain which was regularly defoliated. The crews of these two vessels flew into Danang to report for duty and out of Danang at EOS. They also escorted patients into Danang to other hospitals and orphanages on a regular basis and spent time at Camp Tien Sha while awaiting travel on outcountry R&R. I have aerial photos showing the Repose adjacent to the defoliated area if you need further proof. Approximate times of duty in RVN for the two vessels was from sometime in 1966 until early in 1970. Thanks.

James M. Jackson III
HMC USNR-Ret.
Claude Lumpkin
# Claude Lumpkin
Monday, March 29, 2010 1:17 PM
I served aboard USS Sedgwick Country (LST-1123), a unit of COMLANSHIPRON THREE out of Guam. While the LSTs in the squadron were nominally homeported in Guam, the vast majority of operational time was spent in Vietnam. The ship operated extensively on the Mekong and Bassac Rivers, primarily in support of the Mobile Riverine Force.
chris dunn
# chris dunn
Monday, March 29, 2010 1:39 PM
Would YRBM's supporting Riverine Forces such as PBR's and ASPB's in The Delta qualify under the PBR category?
G.J.Cooper
# G.J.Cooper
Monday, March 29, 2010 2:33 PM
Glad to see the USN finaly admitting that some of it's ppl. got exposed to AO.
I was stationed at Damneck VA. when the swamps died off and so did the parade ground grass we had gotten couvered with a white pellet that i later fuond out was a form of AO.
Funny thing also happened that a farmres field was ACCIDENTLY burned when a drone aircraft CRASHED in to it .
now I am experiencing the symptoms of AO. exposure but can not file for my disabilety I was never in NOM. so TS.
Any one remember the incident please post and may be we will get the compasation WE deserve for the Gov.secretly experimenting on us
Kenneth E. Graves, Capt. USNR, Ret.
# Kenneth E. Graves, Capt. USNR, Ret.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:27 PM
Vietnamese PGM's had US Advisors. Stationed in Saigon (at the shipyard) they transited the Soi Rap, the Saigon and the Mekong river on the way out to the South China Sea. Also specific patrols were conducted on the same rivers by the PGM's.

Also there was a Mine Warfare Group HQ'd in the Navy Shipyard Saigon that were on these rivers every day.

Hope these can be added for those that need the help with AO aftereffects
James P. Tyson,LCDR. USN Ret
# James P. Tyson,LCDR. USN Ret
Sunday, April 04, 2010 3:32 PM
I recall that USS Oklahoma City ,and later, a Division Of Mine sweepers ( MSO's) visited Saigon during my tour 64 to feb 65
Charline Griffith
# Charline Griffith
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:55 AM
My husband, a blue water vet, served '71-75 on the USS Oklahoma City - CLG-5 - he swears that they swam in run off poluted w/AO, saw it floating upon the muddy run off. His ship went deep into deltas becoming stuck in bays bad enough to bend the huge props on the ship. Admiral Zumwalt later died of asbestoes induced cancer, his son who served on one of the smaller vessels that patrolled rivers deep into enemy zones later died of AO induced cancer -he was only 41. I have yet to see the Okie listed as being one whose crew was at high risk for AO.
Charline Griffith
# Charline Griffith
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 2:09 AM
My husband was recently diagnosed w/ heart disease - at 58 he is the first in his family to experience this problem - there is no family history of heart disease on either side. Ironically we learned this just as it was also being listed as a health problem caused by AO.
Rsndall
# Rsndall
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 12:48 AM
Charline The way it is written ao on land or inland waterways etc Da nang and a few others, Do you have the Oklahomas ship logs from the time period your husband was onboard? It should have entries entered in them if the ship was ever in any of the inland waterways that the gov has said yes to ao presumption
IUWGER
# IUWGER
Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:14 PM
how about us MSO sailors (ie MSO 510 USSAdvance..5 battle stars for VN.
Sometimes we were in 15 feet of water and giving fire support and throwing lines to Marines of a stuck AMTRACK in indian country , I corp. we spent many weeks very close to land etc.

Also I note USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] [Unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay, April 22-25, 1968].
I was also IUWG stationed in Cam Rahn.....dont see any note regarding these 2 great units.....anybody have info ?
Thx
Almer Layne
# Almer Layne
Sunday, May 09, 2010 9:59 AM
I was on the LST Peoria 1183 in 1971 off Vietnam. Do I qualify as being on the presumptive list for exposre to agent orange.
Leo Rael
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:53 PM
The Taussig DD-746 pulled NGFS up the Saigon River supporting 18th Infantry sweeping the Rung Sat area. Dates June 1 thru June 14, 1966. I have a hearing soon and I will do everything I can to get the Taussig on this list. I have deck logs to support this. We were also up in Sept, 66 and in 1968 but I don't have the deck log to support those dates.
Thomas Jefferson
# Thomas Jefferson
Friday, May 14, 2010 7:18 PM
USS Prebles (DLG-15) and USS Wilson were ankored in DaNang on several occasions.
They also participated in Market Garden. The ship had a helo aboard as well as missles and nuclur
weapons were aboard. This ship was also up by the DMZ. USS Prebles and Wilson should be on the list also.
Francis Mayer
# Francis Mayer
Saturday, May 15, 2010 7:21 AM
USS Seminole AKA-104 1967 was anchored many of times in DaNang Harbor and on the Cue Viet River. LCM's to and from beach with Marines, tanks, ammo,etc. SHip involve in many campaigns and awarded 3 battle stars this same year.
Joe Frederickson
# Joe Frederickson
Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:58 AM
Must echo comment about missing ATAs, ATFs and ARSs. I was on Safeguard (ARS-25), first operating at Vung Tau, later Da Nang, throughout Yankee Station as well. Into Da Nang harbor at least once accompanied by weeks of near-offshore salvage work. Not sure who is compiling lists of eligible ships but the list above is a good start.
Mark Reynolds
Saturday, May 15, 2010 11:28 AM
U.S.S. Mahopac (ata-196) towed the YRBM-17 out Vung tau, to Yokosuka,japan . went thru yard period and was towed back to Vung Tau,RVN. for further service in 1971.
P Siracusa
# P Siracusa
Saturday, May 15, 2010 11:54 AM
I was a helicopter pilot out MMAF and I have pictures of LPHA 8 and crusier Long Beach ancored in Danang harbor close to extended cenerline for the runways at Danang Main. This was 68-69 time frame. Of course this where the c123'sflown by the Ranch Hands. I also have pictures of BB62 new jersey stirring up the bottom just off the coast from MMAF around 11/10/1968.
If this helps you guys let me know where I can send them.
David Perry
# David Perry
Thursday, June 03, 2010 7:25 PM
I was stationed on LST 601 (USS CLARKE COUNTY) serving in the rivers of Vietnam in 1967-68. We were a mother ship to "Swift boats " in Operation Market Time. We delivered bombs, aviation fuel, troops and even beer all up and down the deltas and coastline of Vietnam. We were sunk off the beach near Cat Lo in November 1967, ripped open the side of the ship from another uncharted sunken craft. I spent 8 hours in the water in the flooded tank deck and eventually had to be helivaced off during the salvage ops with an advanced case of blood poisening.
David Perry
# David Perry
Thursday, June 03, 2010 7:28 PM
I always wondered about the Agent Orange connection regarding the U.S. river forces in Vietnam. Maybe there is a connection to the health of those whe served. A post op survey may be in order ?
chuck
Friday, June 11, 2010 4:29 PM
Hello P. Siracusa,

Please send pics of USS Long Beach & New Jersey from Danang Harbor

Thank You
robert j doll
Friday, June 11, 2010 5:33 PM
I was aboard the USS Henry W. Tucker DD875 as a signalman. We docked in Danang
9/11/71, and went ashore. Have evidence on cruise cd. Also took part in Operation
Marketime, working close inshore to interdict water traffic for arms movement from
North Vietnam to South Vietnam. Operated in Cam Rahn Bay, as well as the Meikong
Delta. This was from July '71 to December "71.
robert j doll
Friday, June 11, 2010 5:42 PM
I was aboard the USS Henry W. Tucker DD875 as a signalman. We docked in Danang
9/11/71, and went ashore. Have evidence on cruise cd. Also took part in Operation
Marketime, working close inshore to interdict water traffic for arms movement from
North Vietnam to South Vietnam. Operated in Cam Rahn Bay, as well as the Meikong
Delta. This was from July '71 to December "71.
Randall
# Randall
Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:22 PM
Just remeber that list is just a starter list so the va doesn't have to keep requesting records of ships that qualified over and over. If your ship was up and rivers or harbors the regs lay out the presumption is granted. Ship records can help you if your ship was in any area of nam that the va says it a qualifing area.
JWC
# JWC
Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:47 PM
Senator Webb from Virginia is asking why the VA is adding a the new stuff on the AO list. He is worried about the cost, funny they didn't worry about the veterans who were exposed to AO.I hope some veterans from virginia call him and ask why. They say he is a Vietnam Veteran.
Glenn Strand
# Glenn Strand
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:21 PM
Does anyone have access to the ships logs for the Uss Oklahoma City CLG-5 and the USS Providence CLG-6 from May 1965 to September 1967. I was attached to ComSeventhFlt CR Division. I have been working on a claim for AO with the VA since 2006. Keep getting denied. No boots on ground. Need brown water information from anchorage in Da Nang Harbor.
Wayne Hancock
# Wayne Hancock
Friday, June 25, 2010 12:36 PM
Aboard USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) from 1966 to 1969
Backed up rivers, could not turn around with crewmen taking
soundings so ship would not run aground.

Someone needs boots up something!!!
Phillip Hall
Friday, June 25, 2010 6:40 PM
Friday June 25 2010 3:37PM

Aboard Uss Tripoli LPH-10 68-70 Coastal waters and docked Danang. All LPH and
LPD and LSD ships should be on this list. Also hospital ships repose and sanctuary.
DAVID W SUNKLE
# DAVID W SUNKLE
Monday, July 12, 2010 4:34 PM
YES, IF THE U.S.S CHICAGO CG-11 AND/OR THE U.S.S TRUXTUN DLG(N) 35 ARE NOT ON THE LIST THEN THEY SHOULD BE. WE WERE OVER THERE ON PATROL/PLANE GUARD. AT LEAST FROM 1968 UNTIL 1971
Elaine H. Allen
# Elaine H. Allen
Friday, July 16, 2010 1:40 PM
Late husband was first American Navy Advisor to Junk Force in Cam Rahn Bay plus two or three other deployments from mid to end '60s. He later had massive heart attack and spent 4.5 years in a coma prior to his death. Although retired and received some medical expense benefits, CHAMPUS threatened to reclaim payments already made saying he was ineligible due to his condition being terminal(!). Would the current efforts/legislation or any other program address any contribution to family's huge out of pocket expenses?
John F McClure
# John F McClure
Sunday, August 01, 2010 11:31 PM
1968 Aboard USS Safeguard ARS 25 (salvage craft) berthed dockside at Da Nang (Tien sha) Vietnam . Proceeded to Na Trang to salvage mined british tanker. Proceeded to Tan My and Cua Viet rivers to salvage tug and landing craft ,sunk by by VC to block river traffic. Divers and salvage crews.
Typhoon damage to ARS 25 at Vietnam ultimately stranded on delta island sand bar. Injured crew ashore for medivac.
jack waldron
# jack waldron
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:42 PM
USS Neches (AO-47) dropped anchor and refueled USS Krishna (ARL-38) in An Thoi, October, 1968. Phu Quoc island was flooded with Agent Orange.
Roy Gibson
# Roy Gibson
Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:03 PM
What About the U.S.S.Tombigbee AOG-11. We carried gas,avgas,and oil from DaNang to the DMZ. The ship is not on your list.
jack waldron
# jack waldron
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:00 PM
On January 16,1969, the USS Neches (AO-47) providing Logistics support in Cam Ranh Bay.
Leo Rael
Saturday, August 21, 2010 1:55 PM
The VA has conceded that the Taussig DD-746 was exposed to Agent Orange during the 66 cruise. Dates June 1st thru June 14th, 1966. The VA has also conceded that the Taussig was exposed to stressful combat situations during this timeframe. It went up the Soi Rap and Saigon Rivers supporting the 18th Infantry known as the Swamp Rats.
g.r.miller
# g.r.miller
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:18 PM
there is no brown water/ blue water. only usn. pretty much any ship smaller than an aircraft carrier hit brown water from time to time. even the canberra, a huge cruiser took a little ride up the saigon river. this whole thing is nothing more than a delaying tactic while they save money and watch us die. the navy is always the red haired step-child. this is just another example. all of the ships logs are kept at the national archives, textual reference branch. 8601 adelphi road, in college park maryland 20704. the folks there can go thru your ship's logs and can look for anchoring in bays, excursions up rivers etc. good luck and god bless. grm
Frank Ushler
# Frank Ushler
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 10:08 PM
What about the USS Rainier AE-5 as we were sprayed by a air Force Tanker while running the coast for replenishments to small LSMRs and destroyers in close to shore.We also took in contaminated water to make fresh water and drank and showered in the stuff.
Hugh L Eddy
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:22 AM
I'm Shirley Eddy, Hugh Eddy's wife. I lost him in April and he was in VN in 1964. Sept he flew through the air in danang harbor from the USS COLONAL LSD 18 to the USS GEORGE CLYMER TO HAVE AN OPERATION.He died of lung cancer ans small cell cancer. If anyone reads this and was on either ship during that time please write to me in my e-mail. The navy doesn't think he died from being in Danang harbor so I have to prove the George Clymer was there in Sept. 1964..HELP.. Thank you...
Hugh L Eddy
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:25 AM
My email is gerteddy@yahoo.com
Jim Whalen
# Jim Whalen
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 2:18 PM
I servered in VN from late 1964 - 1967 on three differant ship's which I don't see on the list. USS Energy MSO 436, USS park County LST1077 and USS Union AKA 106 . From mine sweeping to movint supplies and troop up and down the coast of VN plus landing Marine and supplies from a LCM.
Robert J. Doll
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:40 PM
The USS Henry W. Tucker (DD875) docked in Danang on 9/10/71. Many crewmembers
(nyself included) went ashore to drink beer at the EM Club on base during refueling.
We also took part in Operation Markertime, operating very near the shoreline.
I posted a comment before. We were there. Why is our ship not on the list?
Hugh L Eddy
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:46 PM
Could someone from the USS GEORGE CLYMER that was on this ship in Vietnam in Sept. 1964. In DaNang Harbor Please get a hold of me by Email . My husband flew from the USS COLONIAL TO THE USS GEORGE CLYMER. in Vietnam for an operation and flew back to the USS COLONAL 6days later when in Danang Harbor. My husband passed away in April of 2010 from lung cancer. The VA. doesn't want me to get his benifits..I need to prove the USS GEORGE CLYMER WAS IN DaNang Harbor Sept, 1964. My email address is gerteddy@yahoo.com.....My husbands name was Hugh L. Eddy. I hope someone can help me... Thank you
Karen
# Karen
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:45 AM
THE USS FLOYD B. PARKS servicemen were also exposed to asbestos (fire retardant in the ship's interior). My father was in OPERATION HARDTACK and was 100 yards or so away from continued nuclear blasts on the sea. He was only 47 when he died of pancreatic cancer. My sister and I believe that his exposure to these toxins has caused severe consequences on our health as well. We both have about every autoimmune disease you can think up. (not one family member on either side ever had these autoimmune diseases).
Ronald Sanchez
Sunday, January 30, 2011 5:04 PM
I was aboard the USS Oakhill-7 (LSD) In VietNam in 1965 and 1966. We Had liberty ashore many times in Da-Nang. I was also assigned to the Captains Gig and ferried the Capt. ashore on occaison in Da-nang. My self and crewmembers were on viet Nam soil during our deployment in Viet Nam. I would like to hear from anyone aboard the USS Oakhill 7 LSD. The USS Oakhill 7 LSD, Should be categorized as (brown water navy) while being deployed in the waters off Viet Nam.
Gary Yaeger
# Gary Yaeger
Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:01 PM
I was aboard the USS Ramsey DEG-2 in Vietnam and tie up to the pier in Da Nang and operated off the coast and inland waters, why are we not on the list.
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 3:10 PM
USS Josephus Daniels...docked at the piers in DaNang harbor...wonder why it didn't make the list.
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 3:10 PM
USS Josephus Daniels...docked at the piers in DaNang harbor...wonder why it didn't make the list.
James M Barry
# James M Barry
Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:52 AM
I have a 74 yoa veteran that has several health problems to include Agent Orange related problems. He states that he was stations aboard the USS Shangri-La CVS-38 and that this ship did serve in Vietnam at the end of 1970 in support of the Vietnam War. My question is ," Why is this ship not on the Navy's list of ships that served in Vietnam"?
Bobby Clements
Saturday, February 12, 2011 1:45 PM
I served as an RM2 on the USS Rainier AE-5 between 62-66 and I made three tours to the Tonkin Gulf on the Rainier during my enlistment. We anchored very close in to the shore many times during our three tours. We even have the maps provided by our navigator of the anchorages and the dates. We were accidentally sprayed with Agent Orange on two different occasions by Operation Ranch Hand aircraft. We took part in Operation Market Time and rearmed numerous Destroyers, Carries and Cruisers on gunfire support missions close into the shore. We were there for the Tonkin Gulf Incident and rearmed the Maddox, Turner Joy, Ticondergoa and Constellation in August 64. We later took part in Operation Starlite at Chu Lai in 65, yet we ammo ship Sailors are still getting the run around from the VA. I am suffering from Ischemic Heart Disease and had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in my chest in April 09 due to exposure to Agent Orange during our tours to Vietnam and yet the VA will do nothing! When I hear thank you for your service, I think yea right!
grady bentley bm3
# grady bentley bm3
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 5:39 PM
help,parkinson disease,USSHarwood DD861,1967,hit from shore 2nd day on gun line,think we were docked at Vung Tau and Nah Trang,help,help claim denied
James R Laugheed
# James R Laugheed
Sunday, February 20, 2011 4:25 PM
I was on USS EPPERSON DD719 we were tied to pier in DaNang if anyone has pics can you send them PLEASE Thanks jimmy oh iam looking for 1971
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:57 PM
James R Laugheed, try www.navysite.de/cruisebooks, that's where I found a pic of my ship in DaNang harbor.
Shirley Eddy
Monday, February 21, 2011 4:52 PM
This site is not working.. Thank you anyway James...
Terry L. Roberson, CTI1, USN (Ret), VSO
# Terry L. Roberson, CTI1, USN (Ret), VSO
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:03 AM
I am also assisting a veteran who was stationed aboard the Shangri-la (CV-38) with AO related conditions. He states that the Shangri-la pulled into port in Da Nang harbor for a day. To date his claim has been denied, because the VA denies the Shangri-La was docked inland. Does anyone have any info on the Shangri-La? Deck logs, etc?
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:38 AM
Terry, did you try the website on my comment of 20 Feb?
If you can find a photo of the Shangri-la docked in the waters, it might help your case.
A picture paints a lot of words...(they say) and they can't deny that the ship wasn't there.
I found written proof where my ship was de-contaminated of agent orange in the 90's....(.20 some years after I was discharged.)
Getting everything together now for a BVA ruling......
thomas kiefer
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:06 AM
the USS Robert L. Wilson (dd847) was also in V.N. in late 1968 and 69 worked the gun line,gulf of tonken,and dai nang,also had swim call not more than 400 yrds. from cost line in the gulf of tonkin.i was on the Wilson from late 66 to 69.
Rosie Nissen
# Rosie Nissen
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:48 PM
My husband died of metastatic, non small cell lung cancer 9-14-2010,
Donald Nissen he served aboard the USS RUPERTUS from 1-15-1962-4-25-1966, does anyone know if the USS RUPERTUS DD-851 was in the Vietnam waters or docked in Vietnam? appreciate your answer.
Gary Keil
# Gary Keil
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:27 PM
I served on the USS Chevalier DD-805 from 1968 t0 1971. We made two tours and worked the firing line along the coast.I didn't see her listed. I have had cancer, high blood pressure,diabetes, and a 5 way bi-pass. I think all they want us to do is DIE so that they don't have to worry about us.
SHELDON TOOMER
# SHELDON TOOMER
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 4:50 AM
I JUST READ BOBBY CLEMENTS NOTE , I TO WAS IN THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT , I WAS ABOARD THE USS SAMUEL N. MOORE DD747 & WE OPERATED WITH THE MADDOX DD731 & TURNER JOYDD I THINK 951 , BRUSH DD745 & THE HUBBARD DD748 AND SOME OTHER DESTROYERS , THE CARRIERS TICONDEROGA , KITTY HAWK , AND CONSTELATION. WE WENT UP THE SAIGON RIVER TO EVACUATE CIVILIANS , BUT I'M NOT SURE OF THE DATE. I THINK IT WAS RIGHT AFTER WE LAUNCHED SPECIAL FORCES GROUP OF FIVE MEN WHICH ONE OF THEM IS IN OUR VVA CHAPTER 355 THE LOST PATROL AND I DON'T REMEMBER IF IT WAS JULY OR AUGUST 1964. I'M TRYING TO GET THE DECK LOGS FROM THE ARCHIVES IN MARYLAND. I TOOK PICTURES GOING UP THE SAIGON RIVER AND THE VA WON'T ACCEPT THAT AS EVIDENCE FOR MY SKIN CONDITION THAT I RECEIVED WHILE STILL IN THE GULF. I HAVE A NOTORIZED LETTER FROM THE MEDIC WHO TREATED ME AND STILL THEY DENY ME. I THINK THE VA JUST LOVES TO MAKE US SUFFER .
Ann Forschler
# Ann Forschler
Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:21 AM


Im gathering any and all the infomatation on the ships that carried AO thru the years past 1970.
My husband has Parkinson's Disease and also type II diabetes. He served on the Uss Constilation during the end of VN.. I found the names of all the ships that were in his task forse... everyone of them have been named as carring AO... all but his? The largest ship carring nothing? Then how did AO get to VN?

He never had "boots on the ground" time , but did have contact with it on the ship, causing him to report to sick bay on a few occations.
He filed for disability with the VA in June of 2010, Now the VA called and informed him his medical records are missing. Last date of being seen was in 2006. Hubby is seeing the VA clinic for all types of tests, so I do know someone has them.

I spoke to the VA center last week... lo and behold... Johnathan Haas was just awarded over $2 million for his disability. Great news.Hopefully the US will do the right thing and help the men and women who gave their all for so many of us here back home.

Thanks in advance for any help.



Hugh   L. Eddy
# Hugh L. Eddy
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 11:25 PM
I have wrote on this page before. I'm Shirley Eddy and my husband Hugh L Eddy. He was in vietnam on the USS Colonial LSD18. in 1964 September... I have his yearbook of him being in DaNang Harbor and his Medical record that his ship was in DaNang. How much more do I have to prove that he had AO from being in the South China Seas? He died in April 2010 from small cell cancer in every organ of his body.If anyone reads this and was on that ship during that time please Email me.
ASAP... Thank you very much and maybe I can help someone else that is having trouble getting there benefits.....Email me please.... Shirley Eddy
Will Dillon
# Will Dillon
Monday, April 25, 2011 8:59 AM
I served aboard the USS Oak Hill LSD-7 during 2 tours in Viet Nam from 1967 to 1969.
We served in all the areas that other ships served on the agent orange exposure list.
What do we need to do to get on that list?
John R. Sutton
# John R. Sutton
Monday, April 25, 2011 1:28 PM
I served on the Uss Truxtun DLGN-35 on the first Wespac Cruise 68 and need help with records for our docking in DaNang as well as documentation to help establish how close we were to the coast. I meet the medical requirements, but now VA wants me to prove
how The Truxtun could have been contaminated, DUH. Anyone aboard the Tommy T during this time could be suffering AO conditions and any info supplied to VA will help us all.
John R. Sutton
# John R. Sutton
Monday, April 25, 2011 1:30 PM
I served on the Uss Truxtun DLGN-35 on the first Wespac Cruise 68 and need help with records for our docking in DaNang as well as documentation to help establish how close we were to the coast. I meet the medical requirements, but now VA wants me to prove
how The Truxtun could have been contaminated, DUH. Anyone aboard the Tommy T during this time could be suffering AO conditions and any info supplied to VA will help us all.
Joe Scinto
# Joe Scinto
Saturday, May 07, 2011 9:35 AM
I was stationed on board the Caroline County (lst-525) and the Sutter County (Lst-1150) from Jan 1966 through Jun 1968. We made many landings at DaNang and Chu Lai during this time as well as being the mother LSTs for the PBRs in the Mekong Delta for 3 months in 1967.
We went ashore frequently for various support functions and were exposed to every disease in Vietnam during that time period as well as to Agent Orange. Where are we on the list of exposed vessels?
j flanagan
# j flanagan
Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:31 AM
uss meredith dd890 docked in DaNang, to deploy fishermen, that were floating in the gulf 1969. asbesteos in repair all the time !
Bill Penrod
# Bill Penrod
Thursday, June 02, 2011 11:20 AM
I wish thank everyone for their support in getting the hospital ships Repose and Sanctuary on the presumptive ships list ........Bravo/Zulu
outlawric
# outlawric
Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:44 PM
Shirley Eddy,
I sent you an e-mail telling you about someone who can help you.
He is not a lawyer.....but he knows VA...stuff real well.
Did you get my e-mail?
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jack bunton
# jack bunton
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:02 PM
uss princeton lph-5 qualifies for ao exposure, i have ships log for 1968
Shirley Eddy
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:59 PM
My husband died April 21 2010. His name is Hugh Eddy. He was in DaNang Harbor in !964 It was Called Westpac cruse. I don't see much on that time. I do have his yearbook that shows his ship in DaNang Harbor South China Seas. I also have his orders that he was there and they still turned him down.. If anyone was there durning this time please E-mail me at gerteddy@yahoo.com. His Ship was LSD 18 USS COLONIAL And he also flew to the USS George Clymer For an operation in Sept. 14 1964. Both Ships were in DaNang Harbor at that time.He was hooked to a HARNESS from a HILLICOPTER and flew through the air . He died of non small cell Lynphomima.. Please help me if anyone remembers this or was on eather ship at that time..Thank you for any help I can get.. Shirley Eddy
Shirley Eddy
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:47 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
I need you to get in contact with me so I can have you talk to my advakit thats working on my husbands case. Please get intouch with me. My E-mail is gerteddy@yahoo.com... Please Alton. Thank you Shirley Eddy
David Nerad
# David Nerad
Thursday, June 16, 2011 6:38 PM
I was on the USS Taussig DD746 in 1968 in VN, we were doing gunfire support very close to shore, you could watch the planes spraying AO, we got covered in overspray one day and had to activate the emergency wash down system, we also anchored in Danang harbor to offload an injured man. I have no proof of these, although the Danang offload has to be in the ships log. If anyone remembers either of these please e-mail me.
Bob Richards
# Bob Richards
Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:01 PM
I have been dx with prostate cancer and will have a rd in a few weeks. A friend of mine said I should file for compensation based upon presumptive exposure to AO. Trouble is the ships that the VA lists for presumptive AO claims does not include mine, the USS Energy (MSO 436), but does list a few others that were in my squadron. 1966-67. I recall from great clarity that we operated very close into shore inspecting Vietnamese fishing boats for contraband and the like checking id's and taking civilians into custody and later would go into Nha Trang, Cam Rahn Bay, and Danang to turnover these folks to authorities. We would do shallow water anchorage and take motorwhale boats in. Except in Danang when we would tie up. We also would pick up mail, small supplies, etc. Also we did several SAR's very close to inland waterways. Anyone know about Minesweeps and can verify other MSO's doing similiar? I'm just wondering waht I could provide the VA to substantiate this. I have all my military records, DD-214 has Vietnam Service Medal with 3 stars and a Vietnam Commendation Medal. I did send them the DD-214 wiht my application. I could send them a set orders for the Energy I guess. Any input greatly appreciated. Never used the VA before and just unsure on how to proceed.
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:23 PM
Bob Richards,
I know someone who can help you...if he can't then nobody could..
E-mail me and I'll get you in touch with him.
HE IS NOT A LAWYER............
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:28 PM
Bob Richards...

guess u can't e-mail me with no address...,,let me have ur address on ur next post.

I've been through what u r gonna go through....might have some info that will help you...it's not all that bad...but it is depressing.

Richard
outlawric
# outlawric
Monday, August 01, 2011 1:43 AM
Bob, my e=mail address is outlawric2002@yahoo.com
Bob Richards
# Bob Richards
Monday, August 01, 2011 9:04 AM
Richard,
Yeah ideas of who can offer guidance on this would be great. I guess I will explore how to obtain the ship's logs from this time period (May 66 - March 67. The records
center in is Maryland and not far from where I live. It will be expensive, but at least it will help me and if I can help others by getting the ship listed on the VA's list.
Just can't believe why all the Minesweeeps that served on Yankee Station and in particular during Operation Market Time are
not part of the presumption that we were exposed to AO. I mean we worked really close to shore installations and from my memory almost
all of the sweeps either pulled liberty in Nha Trang, Danang or Can Rahn Bay as well as picking up supplies, mail and turning illegal vietnamese civilians over to
authorities. Well thanks for any info you can provide.
Bob
B. Raya
# B. Raya
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:06 PM
Hello. My dad served in the Navy from 1960 to 1969. He was aboard the USS English, the USS Rush and the USS Rupertus (1967-1969). He was a Boiler Tender. He died in 2008 from multiple myeloma. He put multiple claims into the VA for compensation. (He also had type 2 diabetes among others) They said he was not eligible because he was blue water not brown water. He appealed to the end. After he died, I requested all his records and after a year and a half I got them. I read some reports that the USS Rupertus had qualified for agent orange exposure. My Dad told the appeals court that he indeed got off the boat to fuel her up and also once because he was sick. Can anyone tell me if they were on the Rupertus and received any benefits for agent orange exposure? If so what would I have to do to get spousal benefits for my Mom. Thank you so very much. Daughter of proud Navy man, Dominick J. Raya.
Rodney Bowers
# Rodney Bowers
Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:50 PM
For Bob Richards. Rich, been trying to find you for quite awhile but no luck until I
saw your name on here. Sorry to read you Have Prostrate cancer. If there is anything
I can do to help support your claim, just Email me at Scporet@windstream.net.
Rodney
outlawric
# outlawric
Friday, August 19, 2011 11:07 PM
B.Raya,

Yes ur mom is entitled to the benefits.
I know someone who can help you if needed.

Let me know and I will hook you up with him.
e-mail me at outlawric2002@yahoo.com
Jim Thompson
# Jim Thompson
Monday, August 22, 2011 4:29 PM
To all who have asked about the USS Rupertus DD851; Yes we operated off the coast and in the rivers of Viet Nam.
I donot have the specific dates however, it was in the 60's -'64 - '69...

I have not seen a complete list of ships being listed for "Brown Water" duty, so if anyone can tell me where to find such list and if the Rupertus is listed.

Thank you, Jim IC2
Ed Velasquez
# Ed Velasquez
Sunday, September 04, 2011 11:35 PM
Served with VFP-63 Photo Recon Squadron, Carrier Air Wing 8, on USS Shangri-La CVS-38 in 1970 WestPac deployment.

The ship pulled into Da Nang Harbor one evening to take on special cable needed to repair one of the aircraft elevators that had become inop. Up to that point the Shangri-La was the only aircraft carrier on record to pull into Da Nang.

The exact time and date is listed in the ship's log.

Keep the faith, God, honor, country.
Shirley Eddy
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:58 AM
Why hasn't the USS Colonial LSD 18 listed as being in Danang harbor in 1964. Its called the westpac cruse in the South China Sea. My husband was on that cruse. His name was Hugh Eddy. If anyone remembers him or the ship being in Vietnum please email me at gerteddy@yahoo.com. He also was flowen by harness from a hillacopter from the Colonial to the Uss George Clymer for an operation in the South China Sea. I have his medical records saying this. I think that should be proof those ships were there in September 1964. The list only says the Clymer was there in 1965..The clymer was there in 1965 but it also was there in September 14 1964 . It doesn't list the Colonial being there at all. I have a book with my husbands picture in it on the ship in Danang harbor..I don't get it..Email me if anyone remembers being there in September 1964..Thank You so much for your help. My Email is gerteddy@yahoo.com. Shirley Eddy
outlawric
# outlawric
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:37 AM
Bob Richards................
don't think I answered you.....outlawric@yahoo.com..

ANY INFO ABOUT THE SHIP IN VIET NAM WOULD B GREATLY APPRECIATED. OR THE DECONTAMINATION OF SHIP..

THANKS
Susan
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 1:40 PM
My husband was on the USS Fechteler in Viet Nam during 1966-1967 westpac cruise. It was a Destroyer and we have pictures of some of the crew going "in Country" and of the ship being tied up in the DaNang Harbour, but the Fechteler is not on the "presumptive" list. He has filed for compensation as he has abestos damage to his lungs and heart disease and vascular disease, which can be caused from Agent Orange. How does someone going about getting his ship on the presumptive list? Thanks in advance for any information I can get.
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 10:26 PM
Susan,
I can get you in touch with a person, (ex marine) who worked for the VA.
If anyone can help you, he may be the person.
He is helping me with my case ...CANCER/Agent Orange..
E-mail me and I'll give you his address.
Richard
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 10:29 PM
outlawric2002@yahoo.com
GRADY BENTLEY
# GRADY BENTLEY
Thursday, September 08, 2011 10:55 AM
please help usshardwood was a brown water ship,was at vuntag,nahtrang,need ships log va say they have asked for it but that was months ago.i have parkinsons.was on harwood 1968 bm3
Susan
Thursday, September 08, 2011 11:58 AM
Thanks Richard, will email you. He can help us with getting my husband's ship listed on presumptive list? We have someone helping with the VA Claim, but he doesn't seem to know the answer. Thanks again. Appreciate it.
David Semego
# David Semego
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:13 AM
Was onboard USS Wexford County LST 1168 in DaNang 1967-68 and had boots on the ground. I now have MS and am curious if A/O had anything to do with my condition?
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:54 PM
David Semego.....
Go to the AO website and it list deseases that are caused by AO.
I think MS is on the list.

e-mail me...I can get you in touch with someone who can help you.

Richard
Ed Akeman
# Ed Akeman
Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:24 AM
Hi, I was on the U.S.S. Colonial LSD-18 in the Bay of DaNang on Nov. 21, 1964.
I know we were in the Bay of DaNang on other occasions and on a couple of
rivers as our draft was only 8 feet.
It is ironic that the only log entry was on Nov. 21, 1964.
My E-mail address is akeman99@hotmail.com
Scott Edwards
# Scott Edwards
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 5:05 PM
David Semego,
My dad, Bob"Big Ed" Edwards was also on the USS Wexford. If you knew him or have any more info on the ship, send me an email please.
865scott@gmail.com
Boyd Hemmingson
# Boyd Hemmingson
Sunday, November 06, 2011 2:42 PM
I think DaNang harbor should be added to the list for ships being exposed to Agent Orange. I served aboard the USS Oak Hill LSD while we were anchored in DaNang during our tour of duty 1965 -1966. I have had prostate cancer and I am the only one in my family that has ever had cancer. I all so suffer from a nervous condition that started about a Year after I was discharged. I would like to hear from other crew members that have served on the Oak Hill during this time and have cancer or some of the other diseases that Agent Orange causes. My E-Mail is boydnbj@knology.net
tom wioncek
# tom wioncek
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 7:41 AM
No U.S.S. Boston CAG-1 / CA-69 on the list of ships. This is a shame! The Boston did THREE tours in Vietnam 1967-68-69 and has quailified for exposure to agent orange. Someone in the NAVY, VA and CONGRESS has slapped every face of the Sailores and Marines on the Boston.
Shirley
# Shirley
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:10 PM
What about the James C owens (DD776) there seems to be no information of this ship being in Viet Nam waters, yet my husband was on this ship when they were suppose to go Italy and instead were detered to Veit Nam. WISH we could find the information on this ship as he is trying to prove his viet nam status to the VA hospital.
MIKE
# MIKE
Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:18 AM
USS WAINWRIGHT DLG-28/CG-28 ISNT HERE EITHER
11/70; outbound to Tonkin gulf, support SON TAY raid ops, PIRAZ & North/South SAR stations. . Awards; VSM, AFEM. TF-
MIKE
# MIKE
Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:19 AM
sloppy research
outlawric
# outlawric
Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:58 AM
does anyone know where I can get the ships log for the USS Josephus Daniels DLG-27 while it was in DaNang harbor or on the UNITAS Cruise?
I tried the naval archives...didn't work.

Phyllis
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:03 PM
My husband passed away in Jan. 2008 from a sudden cardiac arrest. He had ischemia which is one of the conditions related to Agent Orange. He served on the USS Theodore Chandler destroyer 1967-1968 in the waters close to the coast of Viet Nam. He told me he went ashore, but I am having trouble proving it. Could you put me in charge with the ex marine who had worked for the VA (mentioned on your website). I need help!!!
outlawric
# outlawric
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:09 PM
Phyllis,
E-mail me at outlawric2002@yahoo.com

I'll give you he adddress then.

Thanks
Patrick O'Connell
# Patrick O'Connell
Friday, November 18, 2011 8:55 AM
USS Tripoli (LPH-10) docked in Da Nang 1/31/71-2/1/71.
Patrick O'Connell
# Patrick O'Connell
Friday, November 18, 2011 8:59 AM
Correction to last comment. USS Tripoli (LPH-10) docked in Da Nang 1/31/70-2/1/70.
James Loveless
# James Loveless
Monday, December 05, 2011 1:23 AM
I served on the princeton and have service connected for A.O. with C.L.L.and have 100% disabilty 1966
Lee Nemnich
# Lee Nemnich
Saturday, December 17, 2011 1:38 AM
I was ships photographer on the the USS Seminole (LKA 104) 1969 and 1970. We picked up Marines and cargo in Da Nang during Operation "Keystone Bluejay". I have photos on land of the sign for the harbor. I am sure the ships log would also support being in country other times.
Timothy Atwater
Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:16 AM
I can't seem to find anything about US Murchant Ships that was used during Viet Nam Iknow for a fact that they were used quiet offten and some were sunk up the Siagon River I myself was on the (Gainsville Victory Ship) and was in Vung Tau and on the ground and went up the Siagon River as far as you can go. We anchored just past the Mijestic hotel just across the river were RMK was building the new docks. Would like tohere from other Merchant Seamen That also was in Nam. I gues that AGENT ORANGE didn't effecdt the civialians that was over there. Thanks for listening
ONE IMPORANT NOTE; You can get your Discharge recoreds from the coast guard @@@ Comanding Officer
U>S> Coastguard-National Maritime Center
Attn: Records Management Branch (NMC-4)
100 Forbes Drive
Martinsburg, wv 25404 Hopes this helps
Timothy Atwater
Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:30 AM
I can't seem to find anything about US Murchant Ships that was used during Viet Nam Iknow for a fact that they were used quiet offten and some were sunk up the Siagon River I myself was on the (Gainsville Victory Ship) and was in Vung Tau and on the ground and went up the Siagon River as far as you can go. We anchored just past the Mijestic hotel just across the river were RMK was building the new docks. Would like tohere from other Merchant Seamen That also was in Nam. I gues that AGENT ORANGE didn't effecdt the civialians that was over there. Thanks for listening
ONE IMPORANT NOTE; You can get your Discharge recoreds from the coast guard @@@ Comanding Officer
U>S> Coastguard-National Maritime Center
Attn: Records Management Branch (NMC-4)
100 Forbes Drive
Martinsburg, wv 25404 Hopes this helps
Steve Burroughs
# Steve Burroughs
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:47 AM
USMC Steve Burroughs1973-1974 served Operation End Sweep aboard USS Tripoli - Helicopter Crew Chief. I have Parkinsons Disease and have been denied benefits 3 times. We flew into Hai Phong airport and transported dignitaries on and off ship as well as mine sweeping operations. "Boots On Ground" must be proved! What a joke! Letters from commanding officer LC Arthur B. Colbert (stating I was there and went ashore) and men I served with and still being denied. 2 years of research with help of VA advocate who was not only appalled but shocked that I was denied. Says keep researching and DON'T GIVE UP!!!!!! Waiting for appeal date now.
Steve Burroughs
# Steve Burroughs
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:13 PM
P.S. Although I was not Navy I served alongside many great Naval officers and crewmen. Don't give up your fight or your RIGHTS to benefits that you deserve! I will continue to research and fight for mine until I win! Don't give up!!!!!!! If anyone has any information,pictures of that time frame please contact me zimabreeze@aol.com. If I can assist anyone don't hesitate to ask.
terry l barentsen
# terry l barentsen
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 10:59 PM
i was a boilerman on board the general j. c. breckinridge [tap-176],jan1964 til late 1965,we were in vugn tao,
cam ron bay,
da nang,
nha trang,
i had to go ashore to fuel the ship,as i was oil water king
been before the traveling judge,and was told i would have info before sept 15,2011
WHATS THE DATE NOW???????
been doing all im supposed to complete in my case
terry l barentsen
# terry l barentsen
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:03 PM
i was diagnosed with periphial neuropothy,#3 on ao list
Charles Nierling
# Charles Nierling
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:25 PM
Was aboard the ALBATROSS (MSC-289) WOODPECKER (MSC-209) and SURFBIRD (ADG-383) from 64 thru 69, all home pored out of Sasebo. Not many MSC's or MSO's are listed on the Vietnam list. Al the MSC's were inport at one time or another
Jerry M. Neugebauer
Monday, January 02, 2012 8:06 AM
I was on the USS Henry W. Tucker DD875 from 20 October 1969 to 20 October 1971
and received combat pay every month but 4 from shooting in Vietnam, we shot so much
That our motto was have gun will travel which we would play as we pulled away from an
unrep. I just wanted to tell people our ship was sprayed with agent orange at least once
That I know of when I was on the ship while tied up in DaNang pier.
I have movies of stripes of forest that were sprayed all over Vietnam. I was in a helicopter
That flew off our ship after refueling to deliver messages to troops in the field, pick up mail, deliver mail, and go to base after base and ended up in Vungtau after 3 days of work. I than flew back to the ship.
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Monday, January 02, 2012 1:58 PM
Jerry Neugebauer.....Did you ever notice the USS Josephus Daniels tied up to the piers at DaNang while you were there? DLG-27...
Any info would b appreciated...having trouble with a VA claim
Ann Forschler
# Ann Forschler
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 1:11 AM

I understand some, not all receive a pention for having "Boots on the ground" and if you were on a ship or river boat.

My real concern is all sailors on the ships that carried the AO for weeks and months in holds and on decks. Doesn't anyone understand that you were exposed everyday for weeks on end VS being sprayed/ over sprayed once or twice. The contamination daily is far worse then the a few days on land?
My fight is for the long term exposure. I do have records that the Connie carried thousands of gallons of AO june 1974 to Dec 1974. And yet the goverment has never replied to the ships records. Nice job of ignoring the injured and dying.
r. hunter
# r. hunter
Thursday, January 05, 2012 4:26 PM
Any one know about the USS Hollister, DD788. They were in and out of VN several times. My husband was on board and died of small cell just after his 58th BD last year. Does any one have ships logs of the Holly.
S L Sellers
# S L Sellers
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:28 AM
My late husband Marty Sellers RD3 served on the Laffey DD 724 from 64 to 67, as the EW on the Coral Sea CVA 43-Aug 68 to Aug 70, the Bronstein FF1037 from Sep 73 to Sep 78, the Belleau Wood LHA3. He died of a massive heart attack and had lung problems also. Any information will be helpful for me to give to the VA. I am so glad to have found this blog and pray that the VA will do the right thing by all of you. My name is Sarah but my husband called me Sam. Thank you
Richard Outlaw
# Richard Outlaw
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:28 AM
Sam,
I just checked the AO ship's approval list...none of the ships u mentioned were on the list...I'M SORRY....MAYBE they and my ship will make the list 1 day.
I'm SORRY FOR UR LOSS.
Susan
# Susan
Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:17 AM
My husband received a letter from the VA Doctor that did his agent orange cp exam. It stated that he had ischemic heart disease, which is on the presumptive list, but he was on the USS Fechteler which is not on this list. Does anyone know if the letter will still help with the VA decision on whether he gets compensation or not?? He also has asbestos cancer, and he served as a BT in the Boiler Room for tour Vietnam tours. Thanks to anyone that can give me an answer. The VA sure won't answer me!!!
J.Hester
Monday, January 16, 2012 12:00 PM
The USS Barney DDG-6 was on station for gunfire support and rescue between March 1967 and Oct. 1967 . This ship is listed nowhere on any list.
peter
# peter
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:26 PM
would salvage shiips be in the category for herbicides UUS Grapple and USS Sfaguard
Bill Truesdale
# Bill Truesdale
Monday, January 30, 2012 10:24 PM
Served aboard USS Damato (DD-871), Operation Sea Dragon, 67-68, both north and south of DMZ. Provided heavy gun support, while anchored in Saigon RIver. Duty station as QM, ships log, navigation, and other bridge tasks, etc. Personally observed AO spraying during Saigon RIver assignment.

In later years, after discharge, developed long-term high blood-pressure condition, type II diabetes and prostrate cancer.

My ship, the USS Damato is on 'presumed list'. Only recently learned of possibility of qualifying for AO compensation, but the application process seems intimidating, with the potential intent to discourage application for compensation.

It is not my intent to seek a hand-out or be an opportunist, but simply, would like compensation, if I legitimately qualify.

Please advise, if there is a reasonable approach to applying for AO claim. barnacle_bill@sbcglobal.net

thanks Bill Truesdale
Susan
# Susan
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:29 PM
Bill my husband served on the USS Fechteler DD870 during Operation Sea Dragon, yet his ship is not on the presumptive list. Do you remember the USS Fechteler? It would help if you remembered that ship being on the Saigon River. We have filed a claim for Agent Orange and as my husband was a boiler tender in the Navy for Asbestosis, as he has lung cancer caused by asbestos. Any memories you can share with me, I would appreciate. As far as you filing a claim for Agent Orange, I think you have a real good chance of getting compensation especially since your ship is on the presumptive list. You can go to the va website and download the forms you need to fill out, or call the 1-800 number, get in the system and have them mail you the forms. Good luck to you! And if you have any information for me I would be glad to hear about it!!
Susan
Glenn Strand
# Glenn Strand
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:17 PM
I filed a AO claim in 2006 and still waiting on a Board of Review. Is it the VA's stand to wait until we are all gone before anything gets done?
Bill Truesdale
# Bill Truesdale
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 5:11 PM
Susan . . I do recall the 'FLETCHER', but can't really connect with specific situation or location. Please confirm the spelling of your husbands ship, as 'FECHTELER'. Most of the destroyers assigned to 'Sea Dragon' engaged in coastal shelling of North Viet supply routes along or near the DMZ. These operations always included two destroyers, each with a specific role. One would shell designated targets while the other engaged the shore artellary in an effort to suppress return fire on the two destroyers. My ship, Damato, had several other destroyers who paired-up on these missions. These missions did require coming very close to the shore, then departing rapidly seaward, but never entering a river. Don't know if these off-shore missions qualify as 'presumptive exposure', but rather, being in the river.
What I assume is a 'key' component for ' presumptive exposure' is whether a vessel went into the river for a particular operation, thus having likely or assumed exposure to AO, which was being sprayed throughout the region. While the Damato was anchored in the Saigon River, I personally observed such spraying, as it was easy to identify the substance by the orange color. I only remember the observations because it was something out of the ordinary, that was not commonly witnessed by destroyer crews on limited assignment up in a river. At the time, I did not know what it was. Actually, many years passed before I even understood the AO issue, as it gradually began to be covered in the media. I do do recall other destroyers assigned, at the same time, to our particular assignment. Many events back in those days, although extraordinary, were routine to our daily grind. Clearly, other destroyers were in the Saigon River at different times, exposed to the same AO that we were.
Unfortunately, I can't nail-down the Fletcher's involvement in the river. It's a long time ago, although some experiences are relatively clear. For sure, your husbands ship has to be placed on the 'presumptive' lists of ships, before any meaningful progress is likely to be made on behalf of your husbands situation. As my initial e_mail entry suggests, I've have limited knowledge as to the VA's process for AO compensation.
Another factor relevant to your husbads cancer is MESO.. Shipyards and drydocks back in the 60's were notorious for harboring asbestos materials, even withing the ships, themselves. I assume you have sought recourse relative to that exposure ? Legal ads are commoningly on TV.
Sorry for such a lengthly e_mail, but simply trying to cover what little I do know. I will research my personal records, photos during that period, for anything that may help you. THe best to you . barnacle_bill@sbcglobal.net
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Bill Truesdale
# Bill Truesdale
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 6:40 PM
Susan . . Just looked @ 'Fechteler' DD-870. Sure enough - Your husbands ship is identical to mine, 'Damato'. DD-870 and DD-871 were structurally identicalm ib every way.
Now that it has been validated, I can say that, I do not recall '871' having ever been in the compant of the Damato.
Bill Truesdale
# Bill Truesdale
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 6:44 PM
Boy, did I screw that up, Susan. DD-870 was the Fechteler. DD-871 was my ship, Damato. SOrry
Susan
# Susan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 10:18 AM
Thanks for answering Bill. Yes the ship was the USS Fechteler DD870 and he was in Operation Sea Dragon. We have articles and pictures of it in his cruise books. I have also read articles about it on the internet which mentions the Fechteler involved. What I don't understand is why several of the other ships that were involved in that operation on the presumptive list and not DD870? Very confusing. We have already filed a claim for asbestos cancer, and he has been diagnosed with that. Especially since he was a BT in the Boiler room for 2 cruises. He has been diagnosed with Ischemic heart disease and was sent a letter from the Doctor at the VA in Nashville that that is a disease on the "presumptive" list, but since his ship isn't on the list, I don't know how that will go. Thanks again for information!

chuck
# chuck
Thursday, February 02, 2012 11:23 AM
Susan, ships are not added to the VA list automatically. When you file a claim you must also show how the ship was exposed. You must submit proof that the ship was exposed to the VA . (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/not-on-list.asp) This can be done by using deck logs from the ship to show locations that qualify for presumptive exposure.

I have successfully filed my claim for a ship that is not currently on the list. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

There is quite a bit of inaccurate information within these posts-unintentional I'm sure.

Visit www.vawatchdogtoday.org to gain insight on filing claims with the VA.
Susan
# Susan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 11:58 AM
Chuck: Thank you very much for the information. When we originally filed we did send evidence from cruise books of people going on land to Viet Nam and also of marin'es getting on the ship from land. I have tried to find deck logs with no luck, and I sure can't afford to pay for them anyway. Hopefully the VA will decide they have enough proof to put the Fechteler on the list.

I do go to vawatchdottoday and also Blue Water Navy website. What information did you send the VA to successfully file your claim? Congratulations to you!!
chuck
# chuck
Thursday, February 02, 2012 12:10 PM
The VA wants "Official" proof. Cruise books and pics are a good backup but you need to get the deck logs.

The link below gives free access to deck logs:

http://bluewaternavy.org/digitalarchive.htm
Susan
# Susan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 12:30 PM
Chuck: Thank you very much for the link. I have gone to that site before, but the Fechteler's ship logs are not on there yet. The web page does say they are adding more and to be patient, so I will check again soon. Thanks again, I really appreciate your help. Did you work for the VA at one time?
Joe Deosdade
# Joe Deosdade
Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:27 PM
How do I contact P Siracusa who provided post above concerning photos of USS Long Beach in Da Nang Harbor?
Anonymous User
# Anonymous User
Monday, February 18, 2013 10:53 PM
http://totheworldvaca.yoursexualaids.net/2013/02/19/watership-ischemia/

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