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Feb-20-2010 11:11printcomments

List of Ships with Agent Orange Exposure Confirmed

If a Vet's records show they served aboard one of these ships, exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - The Retired Enlisted Association Newsletter is running a listing it has recieved from the Department of Veterans Affairs this week outlining which ships are now considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange during the Viet Nam war. Here is the listing taken directly from their newsletter today:

“VA Issues List of Ships with Agent Orange Exposure--The Department of Veterans Affairs 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, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) 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.

The VA also has identified certain vessel types that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways. The ships and dates of inland waterway service are listed on the Compensation & Pension Service Bulletin [PDF]. For your convenience, we also have listed the ships and dates 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”]

{Note: we have been advised that the USS Boxer LPH-4, which carried the first air cav to Vietnam; part of the gator navy Deck logs for that time period that also name the USS Point Defiance, USS Talladegah, USS Iwo Jima} 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]”

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)


Source: Retired Enlisted Association Newsletter

Also special thanks to Salem-News.com writer Chuck Palazzo in Vietnam




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ltjg karol koehler, usnr September 13, 2014 3:15 pm (Pacific time)

I was station on the USS NEW ORLEANS LPH 11 JAN 1972 AND TRSF 19 APRIL 1972. WHILE ONBOARD LOADED BARRELS AGENT ORANGE BEFORE USS NEW ORLEANS LPH-11 WAS DEPLOYED TO WEST PAC. TRANSFERRED TO USS BRISTOL COUNTY LST-1198 ON 8/5/72 AND TRSF 8/28/73 TO VA-113 9/4/73. LOADED AGENT ORANGE BEFORE DEPLOYMENT TO WEST PAC. I WAS TRSF TO NRMC USS REPOSE 0N 12/29/72. THIS SHIP JUST RETURN FROM VIET NAM. I FEEL THAT I WAS EXPOSE TO AGENT ORANGE DURING MY TOUR OF DUTY ON THESE SHIP. VA ZORN AVENUE, LOUISVILLE KY KEEP ASKING ME FOR THE LIST OF CARGO THAT I HELP TO LOAD BEFORE DEPLOYMENT.


Lynn edwards September 5, 2014 12:41 am (Pacific time)

Any news on the uss constellation being one of the vessels for agent orange? Email me lme5156@comcast.net


Herring July 14, 2014 12:21 pm (Pacific time)

The VA decision that the effects of Agent Orange hit a wall at the shoreline of Vietnam is one of the most lucicrous of the agencies many failures. One doesn't have to be a scientist to understand that the chemicals were carried to sea by fresh water spilling in the Gulf of Tonkin. Since Agent Orange was delivered via the air it was distributed by air currents... Common sense dictates that the airborne agents did not stop dead at the water's edge and drop straight down onto land. Navy ships extracted salt from seawater. The water was then used to shower in, cook with, and drink. There was no technique employed aboard ships to remove chemicals such as those which came from Agent Orange. Only a complete and total idiot would actually believe that Agent Orange never went outside of the political boundaries of North and South Vietnam. I grew up in a town with a papermill. The soot and other by-products that were emitted by the mill collected on automobiles and boats alike, as far away as Black's Island and Cape San Blas. That the VA would decide to draw an arbitrary line -- based on ZERO scientic evidence -- is yet another testament to its extreme bias against providing fair and reasonable responsibility for Veterans.


Walt Craig July 4, 2014 7:02 pm (Pacific time)

WE, as veterans, have got to speak out in unison regarding the pending Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Bill! Slightly more than 50% of congreessional reprsentatives have signed on. What's both disturbing, as well as surprising, is that the ratio of Democratic Congress persons supporting this bill as opposed to Republicans is approz 2 to 1. I would urge all vets to find out of their Congressional Representative is on board or not. Speaker of the House Boehner has not co-sponsored the pending legislation! WHY??? WE, as Veterans, need to aggressively pursue the passage of this legislation!


Philip R. MacDonald , May, 2014 May 26, 2014 6:17 am (Pacific time)

Recently I've discovered that certained illnesses start to surface sometimes as much as 20 to 30 yrs later from contact with agent orange. I serve from 1963 to 1967 in the Navy. From June of 1964 to May of 1967 I served aboard the USS Intrepid CVS/CVA-11 V-3 Div for a tour of duty aboard her in 1966,1967 as a plane handler. While doing duty serving in Vietnam the planes were loaded up at times with agent orange to spray the agent orange around Vietnam Jungles. We were exposed to the agent orange which got on the surface of the planes we handled during recoveries. I'm concerned about this of the government to say just who was exposed and who wasn't for eligiblity for any type of compensation and medical care. I don't see the USS Intrepid listed as one of the ships that the government finally admitted and decided that the Navy was envolved with agent orange..


Cheryl Florence May 25, 2014 7:02 am (Pacific time)

Sorry to here about your father. We to are searching for any evidence that would help. anything your dad said that you remember about dioxin being stored on bennington cvs-20 would be greatly appreciated. cheryl62359@sbcglobal .net My husbands name is Thomas Florence.


Sherry Hughes April 25, 2014 9:26 pm (Pacific time)

I am Sherry Hughes. My dad served on the USS Bennington (CV20)somewhere between Dec 1960 and June 1964. He suffered most of his adult life with ischemic heart disease and in later life esophageal cancer. He was not one to talk about his duties off ship. The majority of his service records are blank pages reading only "page deleted". I do know at some time he was an Aviation Storekeeper on ship. His nicknames were "Duck, Huey or Baby Huey". I DO no from his own statments that he was on land and at sea during his service time. Daddy lost his health fights in January 2014. Several times he talked about agent orange and the possible links to his illnesses. During various periods of my life, I have been treated for anemia, mono-with a negitive mono test,fibomyalgia, malignant melanoma and now non-indolent B-cell non hodgkins lymphoma and CLL. I was conceived 8 months after my dad returned from Vietnam. I am trying to find information on a connection between his exposure to agent orange and/or any research on children of Vietnam Vets, who were conceived after their exposure to agent orange. I am new to this process. If you can help with information, research or leads on how I begin this process please email me at sdhpah2013@gmail.com Your assistance is greatly appreciated.


emery villuan April 9, 2014 12:13 pm (Pacific time)

I was on board the uss walker dd517 on 1966 to 1967. I like to know if any one have a copy of the deck log dated 5/20/67 - 6/1/67 .email me at emeryvilluan2@gmail.com


Robert Erhard Sr. February 23, 2014 12:33 pm (Pacific time)

The Uss Newport News is on The VA Ships list July 2013, 44 years after I was released from active duty. December 2013, The VA - not up to The Nehmer Training Guide - still denied my claim for agent orange exposure. The VA failed to assist presumption of exposure from January 2010 ships list: a record that they had all prior I found the ships list 2013 ! Please read Nehmer Training Guide and Congressional Research Services Statutory Presumptives by law clerk Nichols. I filed form 9 Dec. 30 2013 to Buffalo and Washington D.C. VA Compensation and Pension- attn. Nehmer Work Group.


Sam Johnson December 10, 2013 5:10 pm (Pacific time)

Looking for anyone who served on the USS De Haven who came aboard in March 1967 who knew Larry P Johnson (my brother) who was a jet mech. working on the Drones. email me please: sam28883@gmail.com trying to help him with his case for Agent Orange.


Mike September 7, 2013 10:25 pm (Pacific time)

My father in law served on the USS Yorktown, USS Hancock, USS Coral Sea, USS Ranger and the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam war. Does anyone know if one of this ships is on the list for exposure to Agent Orange? He was diagnosed with diabetes years ago and now has Alzheimer's. Im looking for some history from fellow mates who might have served with him during the late 60s and early 70s that might know. Please email me with any info. ekimflog@cox.net Thank you in advance for your service and help. Mike


Anonymous August 24, 2013 12:25 pm (Pacific time)

Thomas Franks, served on the USS Point Defiance LSD-31, 1959-1965. He was a Gunmen 3, participated in Operation Dominic 1962, which is a pacific proving ground DOE facility. He arrived on Christmas Island Aug. 4 1962 I have two(2) signed certificates by the Navy Commander., Navy Deputy(Rear Admiral) Scientific Deputy on his participation. He was also in Vietnam, March 20, 1962, Operation Tulunga, He suffered with Parkinson's (diagnosed2002)until his death March 5, 2013. He never talked about his time in the Navy. These documents were found after his death. and his exposure to the radiation of Operation Dominic, Christmas Island, and his tour in Vietnam. I am the widow of Thomas Franks, I have all these documents,and Wish I had known this when he was first diagnosed! Is there anybody who served on the USS Point Defiance LSD-31, 1959-1965? Need info how to file a claim. My email address is ru48lu@yahoo.com Some of this info may be beneficial to other shipmates.


Jennifer Lehrmann August 3, 2013 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

Mary Ward, I am Jennifer Lehrmann, and my husband Kenneth served on the USS Intrepid from '66-'69 too. He was a jet mechanic on the flight deck. He has Parkinson's and dementia. We know he was exposed to Agent Orange, too. So far, the Intrepid hasn't been added to the ship list. Please feel free to email me at me.jenelle@yahoo.com. Maybe we'll find strength in numbers. Best regards, Jenny


Mary Ward July 27, 2013 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

My husband, of 43 years, served on the USS Intrepid, from 1966 thru 1969. He is dying ,from prostate cancer. He was told that the Intrepid was not at risk, for exposure to Agent Orange. I heartily disagree. My husband was on the flight deck, servicing those planes and helicopters, when they came back, from their spraying missions. No way can anyone think that does NOT expose him to whatever that aircraft encountered. I just found where he has until sometime ,early, next month to file another appeal, or whatever it takes, to be heard. He is a very sick man, who likely won't live too much longer. He was diagnosed in 2000. His name is Jimmy L.Ward. If anyone knows where we could go, and actually be heard, please, email me at maryterryward@hotmail.com. thanx


sfp 3herb perkins July 16, 2013 11:37 am (Pacific time)

twww history of uss Preble dlg 15he uss Preble dlg 15 was anchored in danang harbor on 30 th of may for a briefing our ship isn't on the list if you go too history of the uss Preble dlg 15 you will see we were there for a short time thank you ihave stage 3 lung cancer and bas heart


Ginger Rudisill June 9, 2013 11:37 am (Pacific time)

My husband Leon Rudisill, was on the Everett F Larson (DD830) from Sept 68 until Aug 69. We are trying to file for VA benefits for him. With the help of a shipmate of his, I have read the logs for the Larson during that time. It did show the Larson was "near" DaNang from 5-15 May 69. I have also read that the VA has said that if you can prove to have been in the DaNang Harbor you were exposed to AO! So hope this will prove the Larson was in the Harbor!! My husband is now suffering with Alzheimer's but does remember being in DaNang and firing at the coast to help out the Marines. I just read down the post here and found a post from Kenneth Norman who said he also was on the Larson. Does anyone know how I can get in touch with him to find out when he exactly was on board? Maybe we can help each other out!!! God Bless you all ! Leonrudisill@aol.com


Jim Ingles May 25, 2013 9:30 am (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Paul Revere 71-73. I was on helicopters that went to DaNang for supplies, etc. I am told I have to prove that I was actually there. I don't know if there are records kept for those flights. They only note that the ship was in the area. VA denies any claims unless I can prove I stepped on land. Any help would be appreciated. jim.ingles@gmail.com


Cheryl Heald May 17, 2013 3:46 pm (Pacific time)

I am a Service Officer and just won a claim for a veteran who served aboard the USS Monticello for disabilities associated with exposure to Agent Orange. My email address: blngsmvad@bresnan.net


Anonymous April 29, 2013 10:30 am (Pacific time)

Looking for any shipmates from the USS Astabula AO51 who served from 1970-1972 in West Pac, and may have an agent orange claim. dwp1952@verizon.net


Michael Adams April 25, 2013 10:29 pm (Pacific time)

Looking for shipmates from the USS Hamner DD718 serving during the West Pac Jan. '72-July '72 to substantiate the we docked in DaNang. Need dates if you have them. badgrdog@gmail.com


John Bury April 22, 2013 3:59 am (Pacific time)

Any Blue Water and or Brown Water sailor during the vietnam war era who has confirmed Lymphoma non-Hodgkin's disease, I can provice a letter of evidence for that disease whereas the Veteran can not be turned down for VA benefits to include compensation. You may contact me through Tim King of the Salem News publication.


John Bury April 22, 2013 3:58 am (Pacific time)

Any Blue Water and or Brown Water sailor during the vietnam war era who has confirmed Lymphoma non-Hodgkin's disease, I can provice a letter of evidence for that disease whereas the Veteran can not be turned down for VA benefits to include compensation. You may contact me through Tim King of the Salem News publication.


Tommy Lummus April 17, 2013 12:40 pm (Pacific time)

I was on USS Bush 1965 and 1966 would like to know if any of you guys have had any luck with agent orange pay, I have so much wrong with me that it pittiful but the VA will not listen to me. thanks tlummus45@att.net


Tommy Lummus April 17, 2013 12:38 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the USS bush DD745 in 1965 and 1966


Steve Sherman U.S.M.C. March 13, 2013 9:36 pm (Pacific time)

I don't understand how this country claims to stand behind us VETERANS;yet evade and lie about supporting us.I serve on USS Racine LST #1191,1972 off coast of Siagon..Vietman was not a popular WAR!!!On behalf of all of us Veterans;we served our country well and majority of us would do it again!!!!Its not right!During that time;Congress/Pres.Johnson,whocares,we serve and serve WELL!It ANGERS me,that they won't retrieve my Deck Logs for proof.....All LST'S were CONFERMED Agent Orange Exposure...I've been denide many times,but I w/continue fight..COMRADES,we must stand together.....


mike evans February 21, 2013 7:55 pm (Pacific time)

Was on the US ABnaka 1966. Pulled tow down brown water and ran ammo inland. Why isn't this ship on list.


mikey February 18, 2013 6:01 pm (Pacific time)

Believe its time for the Veterans Administration to admit that the Philippine Islands, Subic and Clark were used as a Toxic Dump Site..Look at Stars and Stripes, and the comments from the GAO..2010..


Craig Allen February 12, 2013 12:58 am (Pacific time)

Is the U.S.S. Constellation CVA-64 on the Blue Water A.O. list? Contact me at oregonbluesman@yahoo.com if it is! Thank you!


Jones Charleston January 29, 2013 1:02 am (Pacific time)

I was on the Uss Bennington CVS 20 in 1961 responding to Freddie Mitchell question


Richard Outlaw January 24, 2013 8:26 am (Pacific time)

USS Josephus Daniels DLG-27 tied up to the piers in Da Nang harbor...it isn't on the list..I boarded the ship the day it returned from Nam..I now have prostate cancer..cud I have been exposed to AO?


daniel cirulli January 11, 2013 11:10 am (Pacific time)

I was on forretal and intrepid also flow from subic bay via marines chu lai 1967 i saw spraying there in fact i got wet with agent orange i have flight records with timnes and have picturesm i took there i suffwer from many problems heart disease etc i know for a fact that we had sprayer units on a1a skyraiders any one else see this dcirull@yahoo,com


Shannon Foust Davis January 7, 2013 8:15 pm (Pacific time)

My fatrher, Raymond L Foust, was on the USS Point Defiance between 1971-1973 and passed away from all the health problems. The VA tested him for 2 years and he tested positive for 11 out of the twelve diseases, and only 1 was needed to file a claim. He fought everyday before passing away and never receiving a dime.


Michael W Keaton January 6, 2013 9:55 am (Pacific time)

vaandusa are winning we are dying OUT!!!!!!


John Rossie December 15, 2012 8:18 pm (Pacific time)

Alvin, I’m sorry to hear you have the problems you do. We Blue Water Navy sailors almost all have some of the diseases recognized by the VA, and many diseases that the VA does not “recognize” but have been shown in legitimate medical research to be directly related to the dioxin in Agent Orange – as well as other toxins we were exposed to while on board nearly every ship in the Fleet.
The problem is, the VA does not provide any ‘presumption of exposure’ to any ship, no matter how close to the shore they got; or any ship that entered a harbor (except Qui Nhon’s inner harbor) no matter how polluted they were and no matter how long we stayed in the harbor.
We have to show proof of having had boots-on-ground by getting off the ship in some way, or show that our ship was geographically within the boundaries of Vietnam by having gone into a river or canal and crossed an imaginary line drawn across the mouth of the river or canal, putting us Inland.
We are still working on getting support for legislation which will help all the Blue Water Navy by disseminating information about the Bills in both the House and the Senate. If they don’t pass before the end of this year, we have plans to get them back in the spotlight next year.
But until then, we just have to make the best of what we’ve got. To me, I sometimes feel this is a very different Country than the one I went off to War for. But I will keep up the fight for the recognition and resolution of the problems still faced by we Vietnam veterans. We are all part of the Veteran Family.
Thank you for being there.


alvin e thomas December 15, 2012 10:03 am (Pacific time)

I WAS ON THE fRED T Berry DD 858 off the coast within 10 miles 30 days at a time firing at Charlie. I have now had 4-5 Ischemic Strokes and 1 Ischemic Heart Attack. Claims in since 1996, all denied. Had Galbladder removed last week. Hope the diseases dont get worse!!


Lee Gatewod November 21, 2012 12:16 pm (Pacific time)

Any word of the USS King or USS O'Callaghan being added to the list


Dale Tinsley November 6, 2012 5:26 pm (Pacific time)

I was with the Seabees at Tra Cu about March 69. C-130's sprayed the area. Was that AO or something else? seabeedad@aol.com


william November 3, 2012 4:12 pm (Pacific time)

I was on niagara falls was I exposed


Mick Ayer October 18, 2012 6:59 pm (Pacific time)

I was also on the USS Point Defiance LSD-31 1963-1967
I have letters from the ships Captains, sent my parents. These letters detail the close beach operations the ship was involved in. Would these letters be some kind of proof that the PD was there? (signed w/ Captains signature).
I have other memories: beer party on the beach, ORANGE BANDED barrels on the flight deck. LETS ALL GET IN THE SAME BOAT. 1000 voices are better then 1.


Robert Erhard Sr. October 7, 2012 4:39 pm (Pacific time)

"Stolen Valor". The Department of Veterans Affairs does not honor The Institute of Medicine(agent orange)Blue Water Navy Report, minor rev. 3 Jan. 2012(yes,that's minor rev.3 Jan. 2012).The IOM Report refers to include The Danang Harbor Report. The Institute of Medicine(IOM)Report reveals that The Blue Water Navy(and others) were in the worst of situations, conditions, and atmosphere exposed to agent orange including distillation of on-sight water for drinking. Over the past 43 years,I have suffered of many symptoms and/or illnesses the same that results of having been exposed to agent orange.Likewise,The Dept.of Veterans affairs was given names of civilian doctors,prescriptions, civilian pyschiatrists,and cvilian hospitals to support my claim: One hospital made the presumption in 2001 that my past and present illnesses were due to "TOXIC EXPOSURE". Another Hospital diagnosed "CHEMICAL EXPOSURE. And, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs was provided evidence that The Newport News operated along THE NINE RIVERS DRAGON known as The Mekong Delta. Other evidence(copies of deck logs) included the Newport News anchored in Danang Harbor in 45 feet of water. OF Vietnam, Danang Harbor and The Mekong Delta area are perhaps the most contaminated areas by agent orange. Now, I have evidence of The Newport News twisting and turning through Danang Harbor,days and nights, firing at "Elephant Valley". The BVA, in late 2011, made a decision "of law" that Danang Harbor is within the territorial boundaries of Vietnam.I have the Vietnam Service Medal(with 3 Bronze Stars);the Vietnam Campaign Medal(at least 6 months); and THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON. Of my claim filed Feb.2010, on March 10, 2012(it took over 2 years), The Department of Veterans Affairs didn't deny my illnesses but The Dept. of Veterans Affairs denied my claim because SERVICE RECORDS do not include complaints,treatment,or diagnosis. However, THE DECISION is a false truth: IT can take 20 to 40 years... AFTER... exposed to agent orange for symptoms and/or illnesses to surface. And, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs Knows it. June 2012, I filed a "Notice to disagree" with The Dept.of Veterans Affairs May 10, 2012 DECISION. Today is Oct.7,2012. I originally filed my claim Feb.2010.Please Help.


joseph schulz September 17, 2012 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

viet-nam vet my heart goes out to all veterans who served in viet-nam the shabby treatment is a disgusting


Frank Malorzo September 15, 2012 10:48 pm (Pacific time)

Editor: Frank, I am so sorry that this came through only with your name showing!  Please send again and know that links are sometimes what causes the system to strip the copy, really sorry!


Mikey September 13, 2012 10:21 am (Pacific time)

Vietnam Veterans are just ignored, the country never supported the war, and never appreciated those of us who served. We were exposed, without any warning, to cancer causing agents and now when we file a claim, with doctors statements and even our Ships on the VA list, we continue to receive DELAY after DELAY..talk of STRESS...VA needs an enema and the Congress of the U.S. needs to take responsibility for placing us there in the first place, hoping that we would either give up or die off..Thank you, V.A.


gene berry September 4, 2012 10:49 am (Pacific time)

has anyone heard if uss mt mckinley gotten on the list all i can find is the same old list i filed claim for ischemic heart disease last oct.it would be nice to know if i even qualify


Judy Aadnesen August 16, 2012 7:27 am (Pacific time)

Douglas M. Hurst and Neville Henderson please contact me at jaadnesen@morrisbb.net. Would like to talk to you about your time on the USS Princeton and agent orange. My husband on at the same time you both were. Thanks.


Kenneth Norman July 16, 2012 7:32 am (Pacific time)

I was on the everett f. Larson DD 830 in the 23rd squadron. We went into danang harbor a couple of times during this time frame to offload supplies and a handful off marines. We did shore bombardment quite a bit. Why isn't my ship listed? Were we on some kind of undocumented excursion or what?


Gary Corbin June 19, 2012 5:15 am (Pacific time)

I know that the USS Morton DD-948 was in blue water and also in Da Nang to off load supplies, but can't fine any info.Deployment 10/72-03/73.


Gary Corbin June 19, 2012 5:09 am (Pacific time)

I know that the USS Morton DD-948 was in blue water and also in Da Nang to off load supplies, but fine any info on that if you know any info foward that to gary.corbin@usmc.mil


Judy Aadnesen June 17, 2012 6:26 pm (Pacific time)

My husband David Anthony Aadnesen was on board the USS Princeton in April,May 1963. Kennedy ordered this ship in the waters and although the Marines or any military wasn't supposed to be there except to move out government/civilians, they did in fact go ashore. Since this is classified (apparently still is) we cannot obtain any information. Embarkation slips were cut and pasted during this time and very scetchy. If you all can help me with this I would appreciate it. Husband is very sick with Diabetes and heart problems. Congressman was sent information and asked for help in getting deck logs but to no avail. email me at jaadnesen@morrisbb.net with any information you have. I will be happy to share with any of you what ever I find out. God Bless you all.


Cary Clenard May 23, 2012 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

I was on USS POINT DEFIANCE Vietnam 1965.There was a beach party for crew does anyone know the date and location for it? I need it for claim.


Antonio Salcido Jr May 7, 2012 4:01 pm (Pacific time)

Our ship USS George k. Macenzie DD836 dock in Da Nang 1972 to p/u ammuniton before going to N. Vietnam. We picked up ammo from harbor but I can't find any info to this. I need info to apply for agent orange. Need help1

Editor: Our writer John Bury sent new information in, we will go to work on a new and accurate list.


Rachel Wollslair-Hambelton April 29, 2012 12:31 pm (Pacific time)

It saddens me to know there are still so many vietnam vets still suffering and that has been forgotten by most citizens! My father James Wollslair was aboard the USS Taladega EPA 208 who had 2 tours the first in 1965. He was also land based there on a third tour of duty. He spent 22yrs in service with the Navy and some yrs ago finally receive compensation for the asbestos in his lungs from working the engine room most of those years 30% I believe but now he has developed COPD and diabetes 2. His doctor is currently checking him for Agent Orange exposure. Does anyone know if the Talladega is on an AO List someplace? And where to look? And does anyone know if these exposures could have been passed thru me, if so what are the second hand symptoms of AO? Thank u and God Bless ALL OuR Vets!! Panicphans@hotmail.com plz feel free to send me info please.


thebamanan@yahoo.com April 12, 2012 10:57 am (Pacific time)

my husband was on a sea plane P5M in 1964 1967 flew supplies on and off ships up brown water ( Ship Pine Island) He was exposed to ao and now has ischemic heart diabetes 2 and copd you think he should apply for compensation ?

Editor: Yes, he deserves this.  If you need assistance in the process, write to us newsroom@salem-news.com There are a few things to know, I have friends who are strong veterans advocates.  Thanks to you both for your husband's military service.


Marshall Mota April 6, 2012 5:20 pm (Pacific time)

I don't see THE USS GRASP ARS24 on this list nor have I seen it elsewhere.Please direct me to Proof that Our Ship was on the cannels in Vietnam,I had 2 tours there,we had Special Forces aboard,Yet I can find no link to prove this,I have Movie Film I shot of Vietnam from the FanTail of the ship,IN COUNTRY,Also w/Mortor Fire./Also looking for anyone who searved w/me aboard @ that time.I was in the Navy from Oct.63-Oct.67 You may contact my email address nipper1943@yahoo.com


Romeo S. Nicolas March 3, 2012 10:15 pm (Pacific time)

(continuation) I should have been qualified for Agent Orange cause I set my foot on the ground of Vietnam the 14th of May 1972 and left by P3 Orion the 16th of May heading Cubi Point, Philippines. My question now, who hold the copies of my Military Order and completed Travel Voucher that wasn't on my military records. Can anyone help?


Romeo S. Nicolas February 25, 2012 7:06 pm (Pacific time)

I am a USN Retired, serving our country during the war in Vietnam from 1967 until the end of conflict. I was oboard the USS Kearsarge, USS Coral Sea, USS Constellation and definitely a Vietnam Vetaeran. Since 2004 when I was confined at Chesapeake General Hospital with PSA, I started to make a claim for Agent Orange. It was not because I was on those ship I mentioned but because I received a military transfer order to go to FAAOPAC, San Diego while aboard CV 43. I checked out the ship when it was located at Yankee Station. They flew me by COD to Danang Airbase the 14th of May 1972. I arrived at Danang the same date, waited for another flight to Cubi Point, Philippines. While I was waiting for flight, I started to noticed a number of servicemen are taking shower so often while weird odor was all around the air terminal,  accompanied by the sound of alarm every 30 minutes. I could not sleep and instead decided to wait for the flight. After 2 days P3 Orion came. I boarded the plane heading Cubi Point, Philippines. I went home first to see my family. I checked all their papers need to travel with me to US. Because of "waiting time" I just let my wife and daughter to travel by commercial plane. To make it short, I checked-in at Fleat Aviation Specialized Traning Group Pacific, San Diego, CA. June 21, 1972. My point was...


neville henderson February 24, 2012 2:20 am (Pacific time)

i was aboard the uss princeton lph-5 1960-64 in supply i was required to clean up a spill of agent orange in a store room


Dale R. Schinn February 23, 2012 8:10 am (Pacific time)

I made four seven month deployments to Vietnam and was pierside in Danang twice, while serving on the USS Preble DLG-15. From 1966-1969 we were in sight of Vietnam and have not seen the Preble listed. Can anyone else confirm this?


bonnie February 17, 2012 5:05 pm (Pacific time)

My husband also has been fighting tto get his disability, he has diabetes 2, he was on the USS Tulare AKA 112, it is on the list of ships that went up the waterway in mike boats, but he has been waiting for over 17 months now, so I finally wrote to our Congressmen and am now getting some where, and I agree why is that not more said about our Vietnam soldiers who risked everything, I think our politicians should work for free to serve the country and pay the soldiers more to free the country.


Mel Hanson February 16, 2012 4:25 pm (Pacific time)

Aug 2011 you had a letter that referred to the second ship list. Can you tell me where I can find this list?
Thsnk you in advance!!
hanson@olypen.com

Editor: Can someone reading this who has the information  post it please?  


Gregory Andersson Nordin January 27, 2012 12:39 pm (Pacific time)

I was with John Nicolosi, a commenter above. The Point Defiance LSD-31 made several trips to Saigon. We took the Sand Dredger "Jamaica Bay" up the Delta, it later was sunk by NVA. In the newspaper Oregonian, where we were in the yards for repair, it was stated the Point Defiance LSD-31 was one of the most shot at ship in the conflict. The only way you receive that kind of damage is to be up close and personal. We also received citations and medals for Combat and a battle 'E'. And now we have to search for recognition. Have we been forgotten?

Editor: You are not forgotten here Brother.


Gary January 23, 2012 5:54 am (Pacific time)

Just an possible addition to the dates they have listed as AO acceptable for the USS Paul Revere. At the following link there is both verbal and a (Dept of defense) picture of the USS Paul Revere loading US Marines on 14 July 1969. To prove this just get the ships log for that date from The National Archives. It's a long article and the info can be found on Chapter 8 pages 133 and 134. http://www.marines.mil/news/publications/Documents/U.S.%20Marines%20in%20Vietnam%20High%20Mobility%20and%20Standown%201969%20%20PCN%2019000310300_3.pdf


E Baldwin January 18, 2012 1:34 pm (Pacific time)

Have The USS Biddle and/or the USS William C Law been added to the list of Blue Water ships ?


Freddie Mitchell January 7, 2012 6:07 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the uss bennington cvs 1958 to 1961 and we had lots of agent orange in 50 gallons drums on board, any body remeber ?


James valletti January 2, 2012 3:59 pm (Pacific time)

Why isnt the uss newport listed with the of the blue water ship . Were juust off shore and witnessed dropping of oa. westpak cruise in 1972


George P Keros Jr November 27, 2011 4:18 pm (Pacific time)

My husband was on the USS Cavalier 1963-64. Any information on whether my husband was exposed to Agent Orange. My email is gkeros@verizon.net. Thank you.


Thomas Norrie November 12, 2011 9:54 pm (Pacific time)

Died of Parkinson's PTSD full benefits heart problem second generation mental illness and heart defect


tonya November 5, 2011 12:48 pm (Pacific time)

was richard b ander dd786 back in 1972/73 on agent orange list?


robert gieringer cs3 October 19, 2011 4:14 am (Pacific time)

is there any one from the robert k huntington dd781 that is haveing problems with agent orange claims please contact me at maine_hunter2000@yahoo.com 207_655_2608


Mr. Pluck October 9, 2011 4:53 pm (Pacific time)

USS Rich DD820 went 1,000yds off shore for inland support was in constant gunfire from the enemy nd still not on the agent orang list. Why??


Mr. Pluck October 9, 2011 4:46 pm (Pacific time)

I served aboard the USS Rich DD820 1972-1973 in Vietnam we dock in Da Nang Vietnam because our ships evaportors went out, W docked for 12 hours.


gary price October 2, 2011 8:09 am (Pacific time)

was on USS COLLETON apb 36 in 67/68 with the MRF. is this ship included on this list?


hank slocum September 13, 2011 10:50 am (Pacific time)

Iwas on the uss walker dd517 in 1967and relieved the uss ault dd-698 in the mouth of mekong river.Need to verify


charles covington September 6, 2011 9:00 pm (Pacific time)

i was in the 9th infantry division in 1968 and 1969. we were attached to the Navy ship the USS Ben Hoa for three months in the south china sea and my ship is not listed. We were at fire base BHIN luc and can juch..sjgsd


John Tuchmatulin August 27, 2011 3:28 pm (Pacific time)

I served on the USS Racine LST-1191 and the USS Tripoli LPH-10 in 1973. US Marine Corps. I need deck logs to prove that I was aboard claims being denied due to lack of supporting documents. Open to suggestions legna316@aol.com list subjct as AO.


John Rossie August 21, 2011 11:17 am (Pacific time)

Here’s a great example of Editorial Notes that seem to be a mix between the Twilight Zone and bad press. Anyone and everyone who has ever contacted me or our association (Blue Water Navy Association aka Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association) has been led by the hand, if not by the nose, through all the steps necessary to both understand the process and to work within the process to get their ship listed in the DVA database.

In fact, without too much rooting around, it’s pretty easy to go to our web site in the News of the Day bluewaternavy.org in newspage2.htm and find the latest list of all recognized ships and an article titled “What to do if your Ship is Listed and What to do if your Ship is NOT Listed.”

The DVA isn’t going to sit there and look through random ship’s Deck Logs. But if you make an inquiry to us, and are willing to do a little investigation, we can help you put together a package of information that will answer all the questions the DVA wants to know about when listing a ship (or shipboard personnel) for one of the Categories that will result in award of presumption of exposure to herbicide in Vietnam.

It’s not our database, but we’re a portal through which you can get into that database. You can submit your information directly to any Regional Office if you choose, but I can almost guarantee better results if you let us help you. Show me any verifiable instance where someone actually contacted us and didn’t get a long and courteous answer, and I’ll eat my keyboard. But please read the ground rules first, now that you know where they are.

John Rossie, Executive Director
Navy at BlueWaterNavy.org

Editor: John Rossie represents the only veterans advocacy group in America that refuses to work with our extremely dedicated group, Salem-News.com.  We do not just frequently receive requests for information, our comment section is bombarded by sailors looking for valuable information to save their lives.  But Mr. Rossie doesn't like us and as a result, we have no information to offer.  For the record, we very much care about the Navy Veterans who suffered these injustices and we are very sorry that this breakdown in relations causes so many problems.  For the record, I previously worked with Mr. Rossie, then he wrote one day and asked to be disassociated.  I am not sure if this relates to the coverage of Israel's sickening daily crimes against humanity in Gaza, but if that is the case it is obscene, as U.S. Navy sailors from the 1960's well know that the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked by Israel during the Six Day War and Israel tried very hard to eliminate one U.S. vessel from the rosters.  So Mr. Rossie, tell me if that is the reason you decided not to work with us, is it that or something else?  And for the remark about Editorial Notes, I suspect I work about one hundred times harder every day to get this information out than you do, that is why there was a way through  Salem-News.com for the Blue Water Navy to really reach people, but that is apparently not your priority. 


August 16, 2011 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

Mr. Lansford Lebert, my husband was also aboard the USS Valley forge in Da Nang. This ship is on the 2nd ship list.


hector mestre August 14, 2011 4:04 pm (Pacific time)

i was on USS Cavalier APA-37 from 1967-1968 was at da nang and cahm ram baywe carried A.O on board.


David Hilden August 8, 2011 12:40 pm (Pacific time)

I served aboard the USS Waldron DD699 off vietnam coast in 67/68 could havwe trown a stone ashor is anyone there could email me at truckinsnag@ frontier.com about this tour of duty thank you may god bless one and all of our service members


David Hilden August 8, 2011 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

I served aboard the USS Waldron DD699 off vietnam coast in 67/68 could havwe trown a stone ashor is anyone there could email me at truckinsnag@ frontier.com about this tour of duty thank you may god bless one and all of our service members


charles trimbur August 4, 2011 7:37 pm (Pacific time)

I don't see my ship onthis the USS Biddle DLG34 1972-1974!!


douglas m hurst August 2, 2011 7:29 pm (Pacific time)

I was on board uss princeton lph-5 i need deck logs from 1962 -1964 to see if we were exposure to agent orange. Ido think we took agent orange over in 1962-1963 .I know we were first ones to puts troop on ground with helo marine corp hmm-hmm362 on april 15 1962 let me know if you remmber drums of agent orange on board if anyone rember this let me know thank zn3rn


Myron D. Smith July 30, 2011 10:22 am (Pacific time)

I was attached to VF-151, CAW15 on board the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 on the 1968-69 West-Pac cruise to Viet Nam, on that cruise the ship pulled into Da Nang to off load Helo's, I need to find the date this took place, anyones help would be greatly aappreciated. E-mail me at ffmyke1@yahoo.com Thank you;


Myron D. Smith July 30, 2011 9:13 am (Pacific time)

I was attached to VF-151, CAW15 on board the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 on the 1968-69 West-Pac cruise to Viet Nam, on that cruise the ship pulled into Da Nang to off load Helo's, Ineed to find the date this took place, anyones help would be greatly aappreciated. E-mail me at ffmyke1@yahoo.com Thank you;


ROBERT GIERINGER July 26, 2011 12:45 pm (Pacific time)

I HAVE TYPE 2 DIABTIES AND HAVE PSTD I HAVE GOTTEN O COMPENSIATION SERVED ON THE ROBERT K HUNTINGTON DD781 WE WERE SO CLOSE WE COULD SEE PEOPLE ON SHORE DO I HAVE TO DIE FIRST LIKE MANY OTHER BLUE WATER SAILORS


robert gieringer July 26, 2011 12:41 pm (Pacific time)

why is it so haRD TO GIVE THE BENFITS TO ALL OF US BLUE WATER NAVY SAILORS I WAS THERE 1968 1969 ON THE ROBERT K HUNTINGTON DD781 DO I HAVE TO DIE FIRST


roger buffington June 19, 2011 2:33 am (Pacific time)

im trying to find out if the uss montecillo lsd35 was in vietnam durning 1971 1973 for angent orange


jack bunton June 7, 2011 6:33 pm (Pacific time)

i served aboard the uss princeton lph-5 and we anchored in danang harbor many times and also vung tau harbor we traveled up one river


Stella Pederson May 13, 2011 12:55 am (Pacific time)

I would like to know why the USS Radford is not on the list of blue water ships when it clearly states on the USS Radford website that it was awarded for Vietnam Campaign. My husband was on the USS Radford and He has all kinds of health problems and so far no pension or help has come to him even though he has applied. He is totally disabled with heart problems, he is diabetic and has PTSD and is on antidepressants. He has been turned down twice for Agent Orange. We will continue to fight for what he is intitled to because he fought proudly for his country and I believe his country owes him and many others a lot more praise than they are getting. Veteran's from Vietnam do not get near the recognition as all the other and it is very sad. Oh I forgot to mention that my husband was a navy corpsman, that ought to account for something. I will finish by saying that when I see any service man or woman in uniform I thank them very proudly for their service and will continue to do so until the day I die!


JOAN MCKEE April 27, 2011 1:28 pm (Pacific time)

WIDOW OF JOHN DWAIN MCKEE WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM ON AMMO SHIP.SHIPS NAME WAS VESUVIUS HE DIED WITH PANCREATIC CANCER PROBABLY CAUSED BY TYPE 2 DIABETICS AND LARYANEX CANCER .HE HAD BOTH.CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IF HE GETS ANY BENEFITS FROM A.O.


david taylor April 22, 2011 8:21 am (Pacific time)

the uss vega af 59 is on the list now.i think the lattest came out last jan, remember with the va if one door closes keep going down the hall and find one that will open.the only thing i can say for sure is the va will not come to you.stay on top if it and keep pushing welcom home all


Randy April 6, 2011 11:58 am (Pacific time)

Reason why some ships are not on the list. 1. not in inland waterways by va regs.
2. Deck logs of ships have not been look at at certain time frames.

Editor: Randy, we have been touching bases on and off with the Blue Water Navy and I can't explain it, but the group is choosing not to share information with us, seriously.  So, I wish I had more information but we are a Marine Corps oriented site and while we care about the Navy, it apparently isn't important to the Blue Water Navy that Salem-News.com shares the information with our thousands of daily visitors.  Salem-News.com is open to work with all military veteran advocacy groups, apparently they don't see it the same way.   


David Moore April 5, 2011 8:15 pm (Pacific time)

Does anyone have the log for USS Conflict mso-426 for the time we were off shore Nha Trang and Qui Nhon April- Aug. 1969? They denied me because I can't seem to supply enough proof. We had a helicopter recovery execise. Thanks You can email me at lyndarmoore@yahoo.com


Robert Palmer March 27, 2011 7:39 pm (Pacific time)

I was a signalman, aboard the USS Tripoli, LPH-10, during 1971 to 1973. Our birds landed marines from the ship to vital points on shore and returned. We were only a few miles off the coast, Our flight deck was always covers with mud and debri brought back from shore. Rotating blades stirs this stuff up and it landed on out equipment on the signal bridge. I now have type II diabetes and a Heart problem. was I and my shipmates exsposed to AO?


Robert LeBleu March 8, 2011 12:45 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the OK City for 2 years after the OKC relieved the Providence, which is on the brown water list, and the OKC is not. Anyone know why?


TONY HALAS March 6, 2011 2:40 pm (Pacific time)

WHAT ABOUT THE CARRIERS/ USS AMERICA ETC.


Bill Bruemmer March 1, 2011 8:30 am (Pacific time)

This is interesting because I filed a claim in May of 2010, I server on the Niagara Falls, and have never heard anything back. I called in November 2010 and they said they were just looking at it, but it on the bottom of the pile. Hope other Navy personnel have better results.


Lori Belus February 20, 2011 7:03 pm (Pacific time)

I lost my husband in July 2010 for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma after being diagnosed in July of 2009. My husband was on the USS Lynde McCormick DDG-8 from 71 to 75. I think it is pathetic what the government is doing to these poor guys and their families. Our youngest is only 14 and was extremely close to his dad. My husband applied for benefits in 2009 and we are still waiting. How do you explain to your children that the government is probably waiting till we die before they help those that has lost someone because of them. It is very sad that our government is doing this to their own people but are first to jump to help other countries.


February 15, 2011 10:15 am (Pacific time)

I pray all of the veterans that were exposed to AO get what they deserve.My husband was in mekong delta and on swift boats, he has ischemic heart disease and has filed a claim it has been 6months and he just keeps getting letters saying they are working on it. When you call they will not tell you where the claim stands or if there is a time frame for them to respond one way or the other.Does any one know of any way to get help with information about your claim other than the 800 no they give you on those we are working on it letters.


Lansford LeBert February 9, 2011 8:07 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks for the info that you gave me. I have been searching the web and finding a lot more info lately. I read back over what I wrote late that night, and I had a mistake of the mos I was in Vietman. It was 9 mos. Thanks again for all the help.


Donald A McElvaney MM2 USS NIAGARA F February 5, 2011 10:14 pm (Pacific time)

I didn't have a clue that our ship was classified as a "brown water vessel until I went to our local VET office here in Kootenai, County. All I wanted to do was get into the VA system so that as I age (63 now) I could get some medical help if needed. The Vet Rep gave me the news. I was shocked to say the least. The word is get to your local vet advocate and press your claim. Press hard - you earned it. May the Lord have Mercy on us all.


kathryn February 5, 2011 6:42 am (Pacific time)

our friend Gary Francise who's been sick for a long time .Served aboard the U.S.S. Beale destroyer on the gun line.Viet nam 1966 which was very close to shore Needs to get a hold of shipmates or log to help his case If any one can help let us know . gamakay67@yahoo.com


MELVIN KUYKENDALL February 1, 2011 5:43 am (Pacific time)

WHY ARENT THE AOGS ON THE LIST WE WERE CLOSE IN TO LAND ALL THE TIME,INFACT WHEN OUR RADAR WAS DOWN WE FOLLOWED THE SHORE LINE TO AND FROM DANANG HARBOR TO DMZ????


melvin kuykendall January 28, 2011 1:28 pm (Pacific time)

Iwas aboard USS Patapsco aog1 1965-1968 we carried fuel from large tankers to the tank farm at DMZ,our captian found out our ship could slid across the sand bar at the river 200 yards away from the farm we would be in the river for up to 24 hrs. In DANAG I made weekly trips to post office on base i was expoesed to agent orange?


Lansford LeBert January 28, 2011 6:53 am (Pacific time)

Why isn't the USS Valley Forge(LPH) listed? It was also in Da Nang Horbor and I was on it for about 3mos. I have had problems for 20yrs and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 18yrs ago. That harbor has been found to be one of the most toxin-polluted locations in Vietnam, even after 40yrs. The VA has turned me down several times and I just wanted to get a little help with meds and treatment. I have paid out much and the VA just said I made a little to much each yr to beable to get help and I wasn't disabled. Even though I had to have my spleen removed and on chem. This has taken a big part of me and my finances for the past 20yrs. I feel I have been wrongly denied. Just last week the VA office in DeRidder, La. gave me the first hope. They said I should file a claim. All I have been told before was I could file but nothing would become of it. Even after going to the VA hospital and having them confirm that I have NHL and diabetes. Thank you for any info

Editor: You guys, please visit the Blue Water Navy at http://www.bluewaternavy.org/.  I will try to get with them and update this information.  This is not complete at this point, so don't base your ship's status from what you see here.  


richard malcolm January 26, 2011 11:51 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Osbourn DD from 64-66 in Vietnam. we were on the same river that many on the list of accepted ships but we are not on the exposure list, why would that be??


Norm Vaillancourt AKA Frenchie January 12, 2011 6:43 am (Pacific time)

I have not seen the USS CASTOR AKS1 on any list at many times when I was aboard we anchored in the DaNang Harbor I was aboard from 1965 to 1967,in anyone has info refe: plz help me vail46@yahoo.com thank you


Terry Dugan December 30, 2010 11:20 am (Pacific time)

The USS Mansfield DD-728 was on the Saigon river in Dec 1969, not 1968. In 1968 she was in the shipyard. I hope this error gets repaired soon. Anyone else onboard at that time that remembers, write letters and make phone calls so we can get our claims.


Anonymous December 20, 2010 12:18 pm (Pacific time)

i was on the uss dehaven dd727 from the spring of 1962 to the summer of 1964. we were up the saigon river two times in 1963.how come it is not on the ao list. i am having trouble proving my case. i have doctors statements that states i was exposed to agent orange. tom dam hondocr500@yahoo.com


James m Joyner December 19, 2010 9:03 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the lst 762 along with the uss tortuga lsd 26 in 1966 when we landed in chi lia and was every where.Also was on PBR's divison 51 at Nom BE.I have been fighting my claims since 1996.so Don,t give UP!!!!!!!! Lets go Mates


Jerry Erickson December 10, 2010 8:28 am (Pacific time)

My ship USS Hermitage LSD-34 releived the Point Definance in Nam, why are we listed AMHP, Ship 1967


Jim Klinge November 10, 2010 7:20 pm (Pacific time)

Why do I Not see the Hospital ships,Repose-AH 16, and Sanctuary AH 17, which went up/down coast,and in Danang not on the list of ships eligible for AO qualification ? So many troops coming aboard and bringing AO on them. So many ships company going ashore at times, to airport or ? Let's get them listed.


Jim Klinge November 10, 2010 7:18 pm (Pacific time)

Why do I Not see the Hospital ships,Repose and Sanctuary which went up/down coast,and in Danang not on the list of ships eligible for AO qualification ? So many troops coming aboard and bringing AO on them. So many ships company going ashore at times, to airport or ? Let's get them listed.


Ray Salmons November 5, 2010 6:13 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Vega (AF-59) We were not in the brown water but we had Vietnam vessels come alongside for stores. Not US vessels but Vietman vessels.


Rebecca October 31, 2010 8:44 pm (Pacific time)

A couple years ago my father went to his ships reunion and was informed that the ship he was on had been exposed to AO. My father doesn't talk about his time in the Navy or Vietnam so I have no info at all(e.g. name of vessel). He has developed many health issues and pshychological issues over the years but refuses to be tested for exposure. My sister and I are worried not only for his health but ours and our childrens'. Can anyone direct me to a website with correct information, symptoms, effects and give us some advice on what we should do for ourselves and our kids if our father won't step up and do something? I'm looking for advice and information, please email me rebecca.mikesell@yahoo.com

Editor: Rebecca, please visit: http://www.bluewaternavy.org/ for starters, there are good resources, thanks.


Alexander October 15, 2010 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

I think it´s very hard to them in that moment.


Richard C. Deno September 8, 2010 10:07 pm (Pacific time)

Where is the U.S.S. Davidson DE-1045 on the Blue Water A.O. list????


Richard C. Deno September 8, 2010 10:04 pm (Pacific time)

Where is the U.S.S. Davidson DE-1045 on the A.O. list???? rcdeno@hotmail.com


robert rauen August 27, 2010 6:42 pm (Pacific time)

any one served on the USS Sterret DLG 31 in 69-71 with any problems????


George Daley August 24, 2010 6:25 am (Pacific time)

This is not about blue water sailors. This is about brown water sailors. Haas vs Nicholson or Haas vs Peake have still been stuck waiting for the rest of us to die. Very disappointed in this story.


John Nicolosi August 21, 2010 4:14 am (Pacific time)

I was aboard the USS Point Defiance from nov 1965 to 1969 with 3 tours to Vietnam , Can anyone who has proof or deck logs stating where we went in VietNam help me prove my case of exposure to AO


w. radford August 20, 2010 5:29 am (Pacific time)

I was on USS Waldron DD699 Desron22 (1967/1968)and went aboard swift boat to repair the radar(ETR2). I should qulaify as a brown water sailor as soon as my "boots" touched the deck of the swift boat. The boats came out to get fresh water and repair help. Any ship on gunline duty should receive the same AO treatment as any brown water ships.


jessie williams August 15, 2010 12:56 pm (Pacific time)

Yes, I was aboard the USS TortugaLSD 26 and aboard the USS Seminole LKA( AKA)104, my health problem have start to begin, but Iam glad the blue and brown water sailor (s) were recognize in Vietnam, how you are going to fight a war with just foot sold,iers, need every military unit to contribution in this operation, Air force, naval, marines,Army, I dare the VA to say boots only for A/O.


jessie williams August 15, 2010 12:42 pm (Pacific time)

Hi, it's about the Vets are recognize for contribution,Sailors, I mean, the list of ships that was exposed to A/O


george July 24, 2010 7:09 am (Pacific time)

Shipmates; Might check into the bluewater navy message boards to see the latest on the legislative efforts to add ALL blue water sailors! http://www.bluewaternavy.org/phpBB2/ As I understand it the legislation was passed in 1992 adding the blue water sailors but the VA has been fighting it--the Haas decision. I found all of the evidence needed about our ship being off the Vietnam coast on this website http://www.combatindex.com/mil_docs/pdf/opnav/1600/1650.pdf but it went down for some peculiar reason(AO heating up),so now we have to order ships logs/movements from the Navy(expensive). To quote one of the Aussie tin can sailors off this site,"I think you guys are getting screwed,we don't have any problems at all getting AO recognition". George Tin can/VN sailor 62-66


Richard J.Smith June 30, 2010 8:18 pm (Pacific time)

Having problem determining if my ship USSBarryDD933 is going to be added to list of ships exposed to A/O.


Marshall Mota May 18, 2010 9:48 am (Pacific time)

Looking for anyone that knows we were in VIETNAM on the USS GRASP ARS 24 in 64-65-66-67? Prob brown Water no one will confirm,I'm clueless thanks


Marshall mota May 13, 2010 11:16 am (Pacific time)

Please someone help I was on the USS GRASP ARS24 we were on the Rivers/cannels of vietnam and off shore I don't find any listing for the GRASP, i am 100% positive we were exposed to AO can someone contact me.hopeful to get some Buddies too moodyrivers1234@msn.com,winchester6466@verizon.net


Ricks March 10, 2010 8:04 pm (Pacific time)

Is there a way to look up a ship by it's name to confirm if it qualifies for the Agent Orange provision?


Albert Ray Sutphin February 23, 2010 6:09 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the Black, and on a lark I just stumbled upon this information. The VA has done a terrible job of getting out this information. How many Vets do not know about this????


John Rossie February 21, 2010 1:14 pm (Pacific time)

I don't see why this is not on the headline of every newspaper and on the nightly news of every network. This should embarrass every citizen who claims to support veterans and who takes their freedoms for granted on a daily basis. Shame on you for not doing something about this. You have your legislators contact information. DO SOMETHING. Write a letter; make a call. Be a responsible part of solving this problem.

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