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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.

Agent Orange awareness

(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, 1962]
  • 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 writer Chuck Palazzo in Vietnam


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SandyNao September 9, 2021 11:06 am (Pacific time)

Hi, does any know if the USS Constellation CVA 64 PACFLT was exposed to Agent Orange during 1/1971 - 3/1972 MY husband died of Heart Disease. Thanks If you can help.

George Saltsman, Viet Nam 1971 - 197 August 9, 2021 9:50 am (Pacific time)

I have applied for veterans benefits several times. Recently I stopped at my local Veterans Service office and was told there were some changes that now allows the inclusion of numerous ships that were within the 12 mile waters of Viet Nam. Your veterans Service officer should be able to access this important change/revision. Former HM2 USS Enterprise CVAN 65

Johnnie R Traughber July 23, 2021 5:32 pm (Pacific time)

USS Charles Berry---extensive time off cost of North Vietnam. whether tail end of war in 73 or not--still exposed to hell. jt

Benjamin Steagall Sr June 21, 2021 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

I was aboard the USS FRANK E Evans from March 17 until June 03, 1969 when we were cut in half by the HMAS Melbourne in the South China Sea, Prior to the accident we spent 16 days in the first part of may right off the coast of Vietnam providing support fire for the US Marines. We sat just a few hundred yards of the Vietnamese Coast. Why isn't our ship on this list?

uPSHAW June 20, 2021 10:29 am (Pacific time)


upshaw June 20, 2021 7:30 am (Pacific time)

I am looking at the different list as I write. What was the name of the ship. You do not have to have been in or near Vietnam to have been exposed to Agent Orange.Email me at

Buzz May 31, 2021 10:03 pm (Pacific time)

I’ve suffered from Diabetes, Prostate Cancer, PTSD etc……ever since I came back. All the available, published Ships Logs for the above years have no record of us being ever being offshore in Viet Nams Battle zone. Can anyone help me out?

Pat Belbot May 18, 2021 3:53 pm (Pacific time)

Looking for anyone that served aboard the USS Valley Forge CV 45 or LPH 8 1961-1962 while carrying Marines that flew in and out of South Vietnam, Laos etc. Can not find any records of the ships log books.

John Billis March 5, 2021 9:14 am (Pacific time)

Served on USS bon homme richard CVA31 1969 and 1970 According to ships log August 16 1969 and October 7 1970 the ship was within the 12 mile radius of Vietnam. No one knows how to get the ship listed on registry for those dates. I have been trying for months and no one knows how to do it. I am at a loss even Blue water navy organization has no idea how to get it on the list. If it is not on list you will not get benefits. Catch 22

Terry Zaffuto November 28, 2020 2:43 pm (Pacific time)

I am looking for people who were on USS Mobile (LKA 115) 1970-1979. Any information would help.

Primo Roa Paderanga October 23, 2020 1:21 pm (Pacific time)

I WAS STATIONED ON BOARD USS GARRET COUNTY(LST -786) supporting PBR repairing the damaged PBRs and resupplying them before sending out to the river patrolling. I would to hear anyone stationed with me on board uss garret county. I am now 83 years old sufferins diabetis, ashma high blood prostate cancer and seeking VA help to no avail.

Brumley August 28, 2020 7:08 pm (Pacific time)

I served on the Oriskany from June 1971 to January 1973, deployed off the coast of Vietnam. I saw the coast a time or two. All three brothers who went to Vietnam, have had the same kind of cancer. Any input would be appreciated. Email:

WILLIE STEPHENS August 11, 2020 12:10 pm (Pacific time)


Anonymous June 9, 2020 9:21 am (Pacific time)

Any one been able to connect the USS Ticonderoga flight operations to agent orange ?? I was a plane captain with VA 52.

Rosenthal, GH March 6, 2020 6:13 pm (Pacific time)

Regarding Bengston comment left on September 1, 2019 3:16 pm (Pacific time) How come the USS America isn't listed and the ship carried it in containers? Please respond - How do you know that USS America carried containers of Agent Orange? Where was it stored? When did you see it? What did the containers look like? What Division was keeping it? Can you provide some of this input? I served after the ship came home to Norfolk, Virginia but was not in Blue Waters during her years in Vietnam. I do think I was exposed while cleaning and maintenancing the ship after her tours. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Roger Maythewson February 27, 2020 10:13 am (Pacific time)

Was the USS Oriskany any where near 12 miles from the coast of Vietnam?I too had a Double-by pass 01/10/2020 and how have (COPD) FROM AROUND 1974, I how have PLEURAL PLAQUE (ASBESTOS),I tryed to get more DISABILITY,BUT all I get is the run around a go here for this test and go here for that test, till they get the right read,s they want to take your 10% away this how they treat V.A. Veterans, CALL 678/749/4098, IN GEORGIA,THANK YOU,

frank sharon February 10, 2020 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

I along with my shipmates on the USS Piedmont on feb.7, 1966 was on the Vietnam coast assisting another ship--USS Brinkley-- and VA is telling me the ship logs is in error who do I report this too because I have a/0 lung cancer and comp. claim is being held up. I had 1/3 of my lung removed and now it is back and I can not get anyone at VA to help me and my family.

Anonymous February 1, 2020 10:40 am (Pacific time)

My father served on the USS Coral Sea in 1965. Here is the information I found.

Anonymous January 7, 2020 4:55 pm (Pacific time)

Was the USS Coral Sea included?

Anonymous December 30, 2019 4:47 pm (Pacific time)

I was on board the USS FORRESTAL cva-59 DURING THE TRAGIC FIRE ON jULY 29TH, 1967. i WAS ATTACHED TO VAW-123 as and AT2. I need information about if the Forrestl qaulifies for Agent Orange Benefits! Thanks

CWO4 Jim "Gunner" Doran, USN (RET) October 13, 2019 4:54 pm (Pacific time)

I did cruises on Ticonderoga (CVA-14) 64-66, an in-country tour in the Delta in 71, and 2 cruises in Constellation (CV-64) 71-74. No aircraft carriers had any of the Rainbow Agents on board at any time. No Naval tactical aircraft flew low enough to enter "clouds" of any Rainbow Agents. Aircraft that did have to go into Da Nang may have been sprayed with a Rainbow Agent. Mechanics who flew in to Da Nang to repair these aircraft. They were exposed. When the aircraft returned to their ship if it had been sprayed at Da Nang odds are that the Plane Captain and Maintenance Personnel were exposed. Petty Officer Richter, there are records of that landing at Da Nang. They would be at the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk and in Connie's Deck Log at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Barbara Fortin was your Dad aircrew on that C-130? If so the fact that he'd landed at Da Nang would be in his flight log book. Whoever said Agent Orange was not in Vietnam in 1960-61 is mistaken. In 1961 the DOD Advance Research Projects Administration conducted Project Agile in the Republic of Vietnam. Agile Sub-Project VI included testing of Agent Orange in Vietnam. For more info on the Rainbow Agents Google Rainbow Herbicides.

J. Kuncl September 14, 2019 11:05 pm (Pacific time)

Re: USS MANATEE AO58, I was on board 1967, 1968, I remember a mail run in one of the harbors because the weapons group accompanied them with rifles. September 5, 2019 8:02 pm (Pacific time)

I spent three years on the USS Midway 1970 - 1973. Does anyone know if thay have decided to include her in the Blue water ship list for agent Orange? Thanks any info appreciated.

Bengston September 1, 2019 3:16 pm (Pacific time)

How come the USS America isn't listed and the ship carried it in containers?

Anonymous August 26, 2019 11:04 am (Pacific time)

Ron: here is the Dept. to contact for the incident report regarding your emergency landing. These is the Navy Dept that keeps all safety and mishap reports. I hope this helps!, Naval Safety Center Attn: FOIA Service Center 375 A Street Norfolk, VA 23511-4399 (757) 444-3520 ext. 6055

Anonymous August 17, 2019 5:25 pm (Pacific time)

USS Independence CVA 62. I was there 1965 when we went to General Quarters. All hands man your battle stations ( This is no Drill ) Several people I know test positive for Agent Orange

Ron Richer August 7, 2019 8:03 pm (Pacific time)

I was sent to the USS Constellation Sept 1969. The Constellation was in the Tonkin Gulf at that time.I was flown to the Phillipines from Travis Air Force base to Clark air base. From there I boarded a twin engine plane with 15 other men and was headed out to the Constellation. About 30-45 minutes into the flight we developed serious engine trouble and had to make an emergency in DaNang. we stayed there for 2-3 days until we could get picked up by the Constellation COD.I now am a type 2 diabetic and the VA won't compensate me for Agent Orange. They need proof that I was there! What a joke it was an emergency landing there arn't any records of that.They told me I would have to prove that I was there. AO3 Ron Richer

Virginia Karst August 4, 2019 8:28 am (Pacific time)

My father was aboard the USS Coral Sea from 1967 to 1970. He is 70 years old and has been denied benefits. he has two different types of seizures, heart surgery, prostate problems, numbing and tingling in arms and legs. Can not stand up straight and just diagnosed with scoliosis. He gets no help from the VA. When he filled years ago they lost him in their system. I don't understand the ship logs and not sure if the Coral Sea was ever 12 nautical miles. I saw a post from 2018 where the gentleman said they clean planes that refueled in Da Nang Harbor. I also know the ship was brought supplies from that base. I feel the ship needs to go on the list. So I guess they will deny him again, but I will be there this time and fight for my daddy and his fellows ship mates. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My parents have no computer, so I will advocate for them. E-mail

mayanEminc June 28, 2019 9:26 am (Pacific time)

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BARBARA FORTIN May 7, 2019 10:30 am (Pacific time)

My husband was in the Air Tactical Support Unit, flew into DaNang Air Base on several occasions His plane (C130) wss shot full of holes, it the hydraulic lines he was covered in fluid had to stay in DaNang to fix the plane. He has been disabled since 2002, with Cerebral Lesions, (several brain surgeries 10% left of brain) totally disabled, is legally blind, no balance hasn't worked since 2002, titanium rod in right leg, Daughter and Granddaughter also has brain lesions, granddaughter already has had Stage 2 kidney cancer, daughter has lesion on left kidney, pancreatitis, etc. Husband has also had prostrate surgery and congestive heart. now the VA wants proof, keep in mind that what is running the VA are millennials and they know nothing. Also, keep in mind that Agent Orange was a toxic chemical and it was America's Secret Weapon. If they approved all the Vets from Vietnam it would cost Billions.

David Douglas April 20, 2019 11:26 am (Pacific time)

The USS Mattaponi AO-41 should be on this list. During the 66 to 67 cruise the Mattaponi tried to go up a river in Vietnam to unrip three boats that were late coming out. We set sea and anchor detail and started up the river. We heard gun fire in the distance and the skipper said all back full and we went back out to wait on the boats. I have checked the archived deck logs and this incident did not make it in the logs. I assume that it was left out because the captain did not have authorization to do what he did. David Douglas

Fletcher Keys April 6, 2019 8:31 am (Pacific time)

Served aboard the USS Oriskany CVS 34. From 71 to 74. I have been diagnosed with AO by VA. They have rejected all 21 clams I submitted. They approved 10% for hearing. I was assigned to VA-153. Yet they will not grant any compisation. I have double bypass , steel rods in my back,and no feelings in my legs or arms. My central service system is almost gone. I have filed for compilation 3 times. I believe they are just waiting for me to die!!!!!!!!!!!Will now try this Blue Water Program. Pray for me.

Michael Marco October 4, 2018 3:20 am (Pacific time)

USS Ticonderoga CVA14 Gulf of Tonkin August 1964 attached to VA 55 During this tour VA 55 aircraft flew numerous low level bombing missions over areas exposed to agent orange exposing them to it . I was an ADJ with daily contact to these aircraft and this toxin, subsequently I developed prostate cancer, high blood pressure and who knows what else . congress and the va should include all ships and air crews to have been exposed to this toxin

Richard D. Hilton, USS Saratoga, CVA October 1, 2018 11:19 am (Pacific time)

The USS Saratoga entered the war zone approximately Feb 1972 and our jets flew many sorties which regularly strafed and bombed targets in Vietnam. It is a matter of record and a fact that the Saratoga was in the Vietnam waters in the South China Sea during this time. While we were in the combat zone, we all received hazardous duty pay. It is my contention that while the Saratoga's planes were performing their raids on mainland targets, they picked up Agent Orange dust on the bodies of the planes, which was brought onto the ship. All jets eventually ended up in the ship's hangar bay, where they received service, preventative maintenance and repairs. The Agent Orange dust was likely picked up by shoes from the technicians who serviced the planes and that was how the contamination was spread. Since all sailors regularly walked through the hangar bay at least three times a day (to get to the mess decks), I theorize that is where the exposure happened. I left the Saratoga in August of 1972. The ship continued to be on line in Vietnam for several months after I left. I'm now suffering from type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and high lipids, and have chronic Pancreatitis. I hope Congress authorizes help for disabled veterans like me, and soon!

Renee Pellegrino September 21, 2018 7:43 am (Pacific time)

Hello I am looking for any information concerning the USS Platte did it fuel any ships in the brown waters?

Jennifer Lehrmann September 19, 2018 2:01 pm (Pacific time)

My Husband, Ken Lehrmann, was aboard the USS Intrepid in 1967, as a Jet Mechanic and trouble shooter. The Intrepid replaced the USS Forrestal in the Tonkin Gulf after the fire aboard the Forrestal in 1967. Ken was injured during this time, he cut his upper left back on a speed brake in the process of splitting the plane to remove the power plant. He was sent to sick bay and the cut was sutured. He was honorably discharged in 1968, after a 4 year stint. He'd begun drinking and having nightmares, but went forward with his civilian life. He was diagnosed with PTSD, Alzheimer's/Dementia, and eventually, Parkinson's disease after 2002. I have cared for him as his health has worsened through these years, although I have some serious health issues of my own. He receives 10% from the VA for the injury to his shoulder. I know he was exposed to AO, and I'm wondering if anyone remembers the containers of AO aboard the Intrepid? My husband is now 72 years old, and it seems to me that the VA is avoiding reassessing my husbands' health issues, and simply waiting until he dies, rather than raising his compensation or admitting that AO had everything to do with his current issues.

corry patton September 18, 2018 1:09 pm (Pacific time)

how do i apply i was on the uss clarion river on her first mission to vietnam

Steve Donnerstag September 17, 2018 4:47 pm (Pacific time)

My husband of 30 years, Steve Donnerstag, passed away last year after suffering almost all of those 30 years, from type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and PTSD. I am still battling the VA for the claim started several years ago, we paid thousands of dollars for his health problems during those 30 years. The Marine Corps sent him to Da Nang July 31, 1960 and he returned January 31,1961. He delivered barrels of Agent Orange from Da Nang Harbot to the Air Force and was exposed to leaking barrels. The VA denies there was any Agent Orange in Vietnam in 1960 and 1961. If anyone has information of Agent Orange being delivered to Da Nang during the time he was there please contact me. or 760-217-3477

michael revis adj3 September 6, 2018 2:52 pm (Pacific time)

Iwas on the uss coral sea cva43 we were on yankee station in 1969 and 1970 our planes flew combat operations in viet nam. Landing in Danag for fual . va. 82 a7 s. as a plane caption working on flight deck, we wiped down planes by hand with a waterless past. and were exposed to toxins. we also serviced our planes with smoke abatment. But the navy denies this B,S.

Julie Swaney August 12, 2018 7:40 pm (Pacific time)

Does anyone know how close to shore the USS Midway CV-41 was in 73-74? I know it was in the Tonkin Gulf. I need to know how close to Vietnam shore it was. My Husband was on the Midway and he had Anxiety, Migraines, hearing loss, Tenitis. Peripheral neuropathy in both legs, Type 2 diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Osetoarthritis and disc disease, as well as ischemic heart disease. He had two open heart surgeries. He died of a rare form of lung cancer. The VA is not approving his benefits for me. If anyone could help me my email address is

Julie Swaney August 10, 2018 11:03 am (Pacific time)

My husband died 3 yrs ago of a very rare form of lung cancer that the main cause was Agent orange exposure. he was on the Uss Midway CV-41 from 73 to 74. The va is refusing me the dic. Does anyone know it the USS MIdway was exposed in any way?

Ernie Thomas August 9, 2018 1:07 pm (Pacific time)

I was in Viet Nam on the Kitty Hawk, then Hancock, then Bon Homme Richard with VA 115 then VA 212. I have been ashore but the birds would come back with junk all over their skins...all sorts of chemicals and even mud (the SPADS). I have had multiple heart attacks, but our veterans admin doesn't care. I'm conservative politically, but Bush shafted the Navy vets...he avoided the draft and his admin turned their backs on us. I was there 1965-1968 65-68

Gary Thompson August 9, 2018 10:14 am (Pacific time)

The USS Hancock CVA19 should be on the list. I am having a terrible time with the VA obtaining benefits.

Sherri Colo'n July 19, 2018 7:41 pm (Pacific time)

My father served on the USS Hancock CVA-19, from 1965 - 69. My Dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinsons, Anxiety, Migraines and Tension Headaches (since 1967), hearing loss, Peripheral neuropathy in both legs and arms, Asthma, Osetoarthritis and disc disease, as well as TIA's/Stroke. He does is declining rapidly and the VA has denied everything except gave him 10% for Tenitis. I have fought the VA Dr.'s, and doing a lot of research right now on appeals and US VA codes. My Dad gave me a lot of newspaper clippings from San Fransisco and I am looking up the Ship Logs. I empathize with everyone. I am going to fight with everything I have. I have to get him in home care or into the Albany, OR VA Home for care soon and I don't want to sell their home. My email is if anyone would like to contact me. My Dad's name is Richard Burkhart and was an ETN3, E-4. I have a paper clipping from 1968 indicating the Hancock's "75% increase in the ship's capacity for converting sea water to fresh water". I may have paper's that can help you.

Edward Wright July 7, 2018 8:17 pm (Pacific time)

USS Tillamook ATA 192 was a tugboat I was on..we towed barges into vietnam areas..not on list for years I was on 1968 -1970...I know we went up river to Nah Ba and to DeNang...I have slides of going up river to Nah Ba yet VA says no record of it. Any crew mates out there who can agree with me? email me at

Frank Bouthillier July 1, 2018 7:59 am (Pacific time)

Served on the USS Ranger from 72-74...I've had a triple bypass,Lung cancer(had lobectomy),cancer came back (had radiation & chemo)2 afibs(had ablation),got Diabetes and now have recurring pneumonia...fighting the VA along with my comrades for benefits but it looks like I'll be gone before congress acts...we weren't welcomed home then and aren't welcome now...nothings changed!!

Jerri Soto USMC 1960-64 June 22, 2018 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

In March 1961 I was with the 4th Mar, Hawaii. We were on the USS Okanogan APA 220 on the way to Calif. and the next thing we knew we were in Okinawa on a secret mission ( Operation Mill Pond )If we were in a combat mission are we considered Vietnam vet or were there any ribbons or medals for that mission. There are no records on the navy log for the USS Okanogan for 1961? If anyone has ihfo please contact me At Junw/22/2018 2;00 pm Thank You

Raymond Shepard May 30, 2018 6:36 am (Pacific time)


Calvin Brazley May 12, 2018 9:40 am (Pacific time)


Calvin Brazley May 12, 2018 9:19 am (Pacific time)

I was served aboard The USS Bon Richard CVA-31 1965/66. While in the Northern Part of The Gulf Of Tonkin, it wasn't hard to see an unusual cloud hanging over Nam, and later that morning, etc., that same Cloud was where all the Vessels that were in the northern part The Gulf of Tonkin. I reported to the Veteran Administration about a terrible itch that I was having. I also, inquired about being exposed to Agent Orange, to avail. The New Orleans VA Hospital, at first they thought it was a "JOKE". I was laugh at by some of the VA Hospital workers because of my "ITCHING". THEY THOUGH IT WAS A JOKE, AND YES I WAS EMBARRASSE, I STILL SUFFER WITH AN ITCH ON PARTS OF BODY. CHECK THE MY VA HOSPITAL MEDICAL RECORDS.

Terry D Bickum April 23, 2018 6:31 pm (Pacific time)

Iserved aboard the Uss Tom Green County LST 1080 1971 Home port Yokusa Japan later served aboad the Uss Enterprise CVAN 1972-74 steamed the South China Sea I served aboard the USS Tom Green County 1180 LST 1971 Homeport was Yakuza, Japan later 1972-74 reassigned to the Uss Enterprise CVAN Enterprise steamed South China Sea had R&R in the Philippines I was diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension Prostate Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure If anyone was aboard either of these ships please acknowledge e-mail

Jerry Barbour March 19, 2018 7:05 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the USS AULT DD698 in Viet Nam in 1967 . We were on the Mekong River Delta and the Soirap River May 26 1967

Gary Bistodeau RM2 February 22, 2018 10:48 am (Pacific time)

I was aboard Uss Arlington AGMR-2 66-67 and we I spent 3 tours off the coast of VD, steaming up and down the coast I was there when the Forestal caught fire we had barrels of AG orange on board and would transfer them to other places with helos on board. But because they considered our ship a spy ship in reality we were a communication ship relaying messages all over the world they said we were not there well we were and the Arlington has a web page you can look it all up. They consider us blue water sailors..... the medical report from the ship mates that we have contacted show what the cause of AO just about 90 percent of the people on the web site have some type of AO affliction So tell me that it didn't spread to the WATER......

Aristeo Gilera, SKC February 13, 2018 10:18 am (Pacific time)

I served aboard USS Platte (AO-24) from 1965 through 1969.This ship log book show that it was doing the shore bombardment and was anchored in Danang for a period of time and delivering supplies and ammunition in support of the Army and Marines. I believed that it should be listed as one of the "Blue water Naval vessel" operating in the coastal waterway of South Vietnam.

Richard Gotchy ABH January 12, 2018 2:41 pm (Pacific time)

I served aboard the USS America in 1972 as an aircraft handler and have been trying to prove we carried agent orange and handled sprayer aircraft. With little to no luck I have skin cancers, diabetes and other issues that the VA refuses to acknowledge. Any help would be appreciated.

Raymond September 15, 2017 11:10 am (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Manatee AO-58 and did two West-Pac tours in 1969 and 1970. I have been trying to prove that I actually went on in Vietnam in the port of Vung Tao Harbor.(boots on the ground) I was an engine tech and went on shore on a mail run. Would appreciate any help.

Virgina September 15, 2017 9:24 am (Pacific time)

I lost my husband to lung cancer almost two years ago and the VA are fighting me on my DIC benifits he was on the USSHancock from 70 to 72

Paul Brunetta September 8, 2017 3:14 pm (Pacific time)

I was onboard the uss mackenzie dd836 anyone have any records of when we were in DaNang Harbor in 1967? Anyone affected with AO or anything else?

Paul David Travis August 8, 2017 8:24 pm (Pacific time)

I served aboard the USS Mahan DLG-11 as an RM2 1968-1970 and we put in to Danang for emergency unrep for fuel during this time frame. Question is, were we exposed being in theatre during the time frame mentioned? We or that is the port came under fire during this short visit and we were forced to pull out.

DOTTY July 27, 2017 2:28 pm (Pacific time)

My husband died from lung cancer. He served on uss st paul during vietnam 1965-1969. My claim was denied by the VA as I have to prove he had boots on the ground. The St Paul was docked in Danang. If anyone can help my email is

ELIZABETH D. SANTOS July 24, 2017 12:43 pm (Pacific time)


T. Crabb May 5, 2017 5:00 pm (Pacific time)

Monrow Tuggle. I was aboard USS CONSTELLATION during the same time frame as you, we used to moor at the same Dock as your ship in San Diego. During Westpac 66 They brought aboard Prop Planes with pontoons They filled some of the pontoons with these Orange Plastic 55 gal drums that read Insecticide and when the planes came back they were covered with insecticide and the hosed them down with Fire hoses and it went overboard. I Hope the evaps weren't sucking up water when that happened

William Moore April 7, 2017 11:11 am (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Newport News during the gun turret explosion in 1972. We were located within the brown water area at 107 15 E and 16 53 N I have had some medical issues with heart attach due to ishemic heart diease which my doctor told me it was from agent orange exposure. Also my daughter has had medical issues , she was born in 1974 2 years after my deployment. Is there anyone been turned down and not to qualify for VA I would appreciate the input to what to do to get any benefits.

Jesse guilarte March 28, 2017 2:55 pm (Pacific time)

I served onboard the USS enterprise from 1971 to 1973 with two toys in the Tonkin golf since then I have come down with diabetes heart disease prostate cancer and was wondering if anybody else has I have been fighting the VA for the agent orange does anybody know if they are adding any of the aircraft carriers that have been there.

mjwatkins March 16, 2017 7:21 pm (Pacific time)

I have been fighting the VA since 2011. My husband was in the navy on aircraft carrier and was in the waterways of vietnam in 1966. He died of multiple myeloma at age 56. I have been denied widows benefits 3 times. My appeal is now in Washington but was told they are working on 2013 and my appeal is 2015 . I thought that since mm was a presumptive disease you did not have to prove or disprove but was probably caused from agent orange or other chemicals or residue etc. He was a mechanic electrician and worked on the aircraft that came back with obvious residue but still the VA keeps denying my claim. I have contacted a lawyer and members of government but still getting nowhere. The local VA has been great however the higher levels do not care. My husband had a painful 5 years before he died and I feel it is a shame that all the evidence I had even nexus letters still keep getting denied. If anyone has information about the USSHancock in vietnam waterways1966 please give me any information. Thank you. My email is

mjwatkins March 16, 2017 7:09 pm (Pacific time)

I have been fighting the VA since 2011. My husband was in the navy on aircraft carrier and was in the waterways of vietnam in 1966. He died of multiple myeloma at age 56. I have been denied widows benefits 3 times. My appeal is now in Washington but was told they are working on 2013 and my appeal is 2015

Art Vallejo March 7, 2017 10:24 am (Pacific time)

I was aborad the USS Kearsarge CVS33 from Sept.1967-Apr.1968 and was attached to squadron VS-21. I have 2 Agent Orange related cancers and can't seem to verify our ship was in territorial waters during that time. Does anyone out there have any information that might benefit me in getting benefits. Thank you.

Keeshea Rogers March 2, 2017 11:38 am (Pacific time)

My father, Harry D Hunt served aboard the USS Valley Forge and the USS Iwo Jima. He is currently in Hospice because of Prostate cancer that he has been fighting since 2001. We are resubmitting his VA disability because we just found out that they never considered his Navy service even though it was listed on his DD214. I am now trying to prove that he served aboard both of these ships during Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, but that is about all I know. Any advice can be sent to my email, Thank you

George Kellermann February 25, 2017 7:15 am (Pacific time)

I also served on the USS R K Huntington DD781 in 1968-1969 in Vietnam. I also was in the beach and no record seems to exist. I was sent to have a piece of electronic equip repaired at Phan Thiet. My medical problems are minimum having to do with Skin and COPD. I do not see the Huntington listed as it should be. We have two battle stars and were anchored off the beach for two weeks at a time for gun fire support.

don houghton February 8, 2017 7:10 pm (Pacific time)

I was on board the USS Constellation from 1964-1966 in the Gulf of Tonkin . I seen shipmates taking barrels of agent orange over to plains to be loaded on board for transport .I'am trying to find out if any of my shipmates are still around that seen what I seen . I know what I seen and would like to put in a claim on this because I know we were exposed to this stuff on board .If you are out there please contact me . My phone #is 541-357-0851

 EDITOR: Don, your best bet is to contact  John Rossie at Good luck.

Anonymous January 4, 2017 5:23 pm (Pacific time)

Rodriguez E. served on the USS Hancock CVA19, [62-64] not considered Vietnam vet by the US Navy but was told I am by another vet,how can I find out?THANK YOU and hope you can help me.

Lt John Traughber January 2, 2017 8:15 pm (Pacific time)

Served on USS Charles Berry DE 1035. In gulf of To kin--close in--early 1973. Ship made water throughout deployment. Agent orange and whatever other crap was in Gulf and probably still there.

Lyle koste December 14, 2016 11:30 am (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Ranger between 1969 and 1970 and was in the Gulf of Tonkin. I have heart disease, type II diabetes and have no family history. I have applied for agent orange and have been denied. I was on several working parties loading bombs onto the planes. I also landed with supplies with the c bee's but they have no record of my being on land. Please contact me with any information with regard to agent orange exposure while serving on the USS Ranger. My e mail is

Anonymous December 4, 2016 9:42 pm (Pacific time)

Scott bishop I too am trying to find information uss hanfock. My husband was on the final cruise and has Parkinson'ss disease.

Scott Bishop October 18, 2016 8:53 am (Pacific time)

I am trying to find out if the USS Hancock (CVA -19) was exposed. I served in '72 and 73'.

Dawn caldera September 25, 2016 3:13 am (Pacific time)

Hi my uncle served in the Navy from 1964 to 1970 he was from arizona, he did 2 tours in vetnam 11 months each. If you or know any one who served during this time please send me a message to my uncle will be turn 70 and just look for information for him. Thank you

Daniel M. Johnson, jr August 29, 2016 6:28 pm (Pacific time)

Need to know any fellow sailor is experiencing hearing related illnesses and other health problems. I am very I'll. I served 1975-1982. Please email me at: helena2johns@

Herb Evans August 15, 2016 8:39 am (Pacific time)

I was aboard the USS Constellation CVA 64 1963- 1965 in the Gulf of Tonkin- South China Sea- Yankee Station. Please contact me at if Connie is elgible to file agent orange claims.

Robert Erhard Sr. June 23, 2016 4:25 am (Pacific time)

Congress Intent(s) to of Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions ( by law clerk Nichols Oct. 2010) is for ALL Veterans; no matter where they served around the world. Such includes operations in / near the Da Nang Harbor inland waterway "ESTUARY".

Elizabrth D.Santos June 2, 2016 3:14 am (Pacific time)

Matt Jo Smith you can Google NARA fill up the for to request DD214, medical records, medals recepient info. Theres a 1800 number also. Text me (510)378-3565

Elizabeth D. Santos June 2, 2016 3:10 am (Pacific time)

Ben Perry Pls contact me at (510)378-3565 i can help you with your claim. Send me your DD214 and all medical records i can assist you.

Elizabrth D.Santos June 2, 2016 3:06 am (Pacific time)

This message is forLeonard L Spinks yes you have a claim for agent orange.Pls get in touch with me by texting/ calling (510)378-3565

Elizabeth D. Santos May 31, 2016 1:35 pm (Pacific time)

I can help for claims. Pls. Believe me. Persian Gulf Medical Nurse. Pls send your enlistment, old medical records while Active until retirement and new medical records civilian and VA to 433 Perkins Street #209 Oakland, CA 94610. You can Text me at (510)378-3565 E mai address:

Elizabeth D. Santos May 31, 2016 1:25 pm (Pacific time)

I will be able to help processing claims you can contact me at send old and new medical records with DD214. I can help. Address 433 Perkins St.#209 Oakland, CA 94610

Joseph L. Pires May 28, 2016 6:23 pm (Pacific time)

There have been a few comments here regarding barrels of Agent Orange aboard the aircraft carrier USS BENNINGTON during the late 1950's and early 1960's. If anyone has proof of this, please get in touch with me. I'm the ship historian for the USS BENNINGTON organization. My email address is as follows: For your knowledge, CVS-20 is on the Agent Orange Ship Registry for 26 December 1966. If you were aboard on that day, you should be submitting a claim, if you have one of the "presumptive illnesses" listed with the VA.

Joel Splittgerber May 7, 2016 8:34 pm (Pacific time)

I served with on the USS Racine LST-1191. In November of 1972 we traveled up the Saigon river and delivered tanks at the port in Saigon. We stayed overnight and left after offloading the tanks. Commander Daniel Anderson was the captain. I recall seeing that the vegetation along the river had been cleared back from the river to allow safer passage. We were told that agent orange was used to clear vegetation.

John STRIBLING April 29, 2016 8:54 am (Pacific time)

I have 2 shipmates of the USS Mahan DLG 11 that have contracted cancer that i know personally I hope that this info gets out to help any sailor who was exposed

Nicole Bellefeuille April 24, 2016 12:01 pm (Pacific time)

My father, Michael Bellefeuille, Mike, was on USS Annapolis in 67-68. It was a deep water communications vessel though he recalls coming on land via an LST. He has had a rash since his tour and now has Parkinson's Disease. I'm going through logs but any assistance or buddy would help. Contact me at

Robert Erhard Sr. March 31, 2016 11:05 am (Pacific time)

The anchorage area in Da Nang Harbor is in "an" ESTUARY that consists of The Han River and The Cu De River(s).The Definition/ Contents / Pollution of "The Estuary" is that of the 2 rivers drainage, 3 shoreline(s) runoff, drainage ditch from airport drainage into the Han River, well within the geographical land mass of Vietnam, well sheltered from the open sea. VA's training letter 10-6 provides presumption of exposure to the crew of ships that operated in "estuaries". The Crew of some ships are have already been approved for presumption of exposure for having operated in Da Nang Harbor's waterway. Hence, to of Congress' Intent, Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions (by law clerk Nichols Oct. 2010), All ships that operated in Da Nang Harbor have sufficient nexus to presumption of exposure to agent orange (etc.) to have to be adjudicated / re-adjudicated to The Nehmer Court Order: The Nehmer Training Guide Feb.2011; when a new presumptive is added, etc., etc., etc.. The encyclopedia defines "estuary". The encyclopedia shows many pictures. Da Nang Harbor is an inland waterway "estuary". Many judges have already ruled against The VA's arbitrary, inconsistent, arbitrary, and "toss of a coin" DECISIONS... leaving many suffering Veterans abandoned. And, to of The Nehmer Court Order, the VA is not to use The Traditional Process. Nehmer claims have priority. VA compensates class counsel for all of Its work done on Nehmer Claims. Perhaps contact: Department of Veterans' Affairs Compensation & Pension Service (211A) Attn: Nehmer Working Group 810 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, DC 20420 Yes, Da Nang Harbor is an inland waterway "estuary". Even history records it as such.

Steve Morris March 15, 2016 11:31 am (Pacific time)

Does anyone know if the USS Peoria 1183 LST was in brown waters

craig douglass March 12, 2016 11:38 am (Pacific time)

In response to USS Manatee AO58 written by Charles Mike Tunstall I have information you are looking for 1968/1969 Da Nang Harbor. I was there, we entered under cover of dark with firefights and flares in the jungle. This will not help because the DVA doesnt recognize Da Nang Harbor as inland waterway. If I remember, we called you Doc. you were in sick bay with Rhoades and Cheif Bice. If you contact me I will send you the info you want PH 484-932-8166

Janice February 4, 2016 9:30 pm (Pacific time)

Ben I am still looking for a ship buddy statement hoping to hear from you my husband has been very sick. Email

Anonymous February 2, 2016 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

Why isn't the USS Davis 937 listed it was in DaNang in 1966

Anonymous January 31, 2016 11:51 am (Pacific time)

My name is Jack H Scholnick, I was a Boatswain Mate, and I handled Barrels of AO. I have skin Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, I had 3 Heart Attacks, 1 Heart Failure, 3 Mini Strokes. I have skin Liaison's, a Daughter born with Special Needs, ETC. I need all the information that I can get my skin feels like it is on fire 24 Hours a day. Please call me 520-841-3081. I was in the service onboard the CVA 64 from 63 to 67. Address: 1230 Calle Rafael, Rio Rico, Arizona,85648. Please Contact me, maybe we can help each other, and get what we deserve!

Anonymous January 31, 2016 11:50 am (Pacific time)

My name is Jack H Scholnick, I was a Boatswain Mate, and I handled Barrels of AO. I have skin Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, I had 3 Heart Attacks, 1 Heart Failure, 3 Mini Strokes. I have skin Liaison's, a Daughter born with Special Needs, ETC. I need all the information that I can get my skin feels like it is on fire 24 Hours a day. Please call me 520-841-3081. I was in the service onboard the CVA 64 from 63 to 67. Address: 1230 Calle Rafael, Rio Rico, Arizona,85648. Please Contact me, maybe we can help each other, and get what we deserve!

Ben Perry January 17, 2016 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

Why isn't the USS Davis DD 937 on the AO list? Anchored in Da Nang Harbor several times. Anchored in the mouth of the Song Cam River, received US Army personnel aboard from ashore, Sent Davis Officers ashore for briefings, on the fire line for days on end. Fired over 6,000 rounds in support of war against N. Vietnam. Distilled and drank water from Da Nang Harbor, (tasted like fuel of some kind).Received USS St. Francis River alongside. I've had prostate cancer, I have type II diabetes, coronary artery disease, hearing loss, and ED. Close to eighty and would like to receive some benefits before I check out.

Mary Jo Smith January 10, 2016 11:36 am (Pacific time)

I am trying to find out how to prove to the VA that my husband , Phillip M Smith III was stationed aboard the USS FRANK KNOXDDR-742 in the years 1961, 1962 or 1963 in the brown waters of Vietnam? He has his REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM SERVICE METAL but the VA says his ship never was in Vietnam except from6-16-1966 to 6-17-1966 and its first Vietnam deployment started in 1965. THEY SAY HIS DD214 and military personnel records were negative for receipt of the Vietnam Service Metal. The VA is totally wrong!! He was in Vietnam in brown water and has the metals.If anyone can help us please email to

JD Hamilton December 24, 2015 5:55 pm (Pacific time)

I served onboard USS America (CVA66) from 76 - 80... I suffered, and survived, a ruptured Aortic Aneurysm. An event few survive... Anyone else suffered and survived such?

Larry December 24, 2015 11:17 am (Pacific time)

I'm trying to find out when and if the USS BON HOME RICHARDS was exposed to agent orange?

Paul R. December 18, 2015 5:48 pm (Pacific time)

It sounds like a numbers game. No ship with a large compliment of crewmen are on the list, such as Aircraft Carriers.

Anonymous November 3, 2015 11:12 am (Pacific time)

Does anyone have deck logs for the USS Niagara Falls 7/15/71 to 10/15/71. Looking to show Falls was docked DaNang or anywhere else consider inland waterways. Thanks for any help, pictures or whatever. Gilbert Morgan

Robert Erhard October 29, 2015 10:35 pm (Pacific time)

Food for thought: Panama / The Panama Canal area was sprayed with agent orange in the 1960's. The Panama Canal is an inland waterway.

Robhert Erhard October 21, 2015 8:46 am (Pacific time)

Subject: Da Nang Harbor Inland Waterway/ Estuary within Da Nang Harbor. Remember to read (be instructed by) Congress' Intent : Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions (by law clerk Nichols Oct. 2010) provides for the VA to include Incubation Period(s) in compensation awards.

Robert Erhard October 19, 2015 10:34 am (Pacific time)

Scientific Evidence: The anchorage area in Da Nang Harbor is within "AN" estuary made up of the Han River and the Cu De River(s). The definition / contents / pollution of the estuary is that of the 2 rivers drainage, it is surrounded by 3 land masses/ shoreline runoffs, and well sheltered from the open sea. Such exceeds the " nexus" required by Congress' Intent: Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions(by law clerk Nichols Oct. 2010), that The Estuary within Da Nang Harbor "nexus" The Large River an inland waterway. The Justices MANY decisions that "nexus " Da Nang Harbor is an inland waterway, more than exceeds Congress' Intents (see): Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions. The Nehmer Court Order indicates severe sanctions against The DVA for non-compliance. VA compensates class counsel for all of it's work done on Nehmer claims: Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation & Pension Bulletin (211A) Attn: Nehmer Working Group 810 Vermont Ave. NW Washington D.C. ( see The Nehmer Training Guide Feb. 2011) for complete address).

Kenneth Butler October 12, 2015 4:17 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the USUS SIMMON B. BUNCKNER ,TRANSPORTED TROOPS TO ENGLAND.WAS TOLD POSSIBLY CARRING CHEMICAL WAR FARE .MY SKIN BEGAIN TO ITCH, MY HAIR FELL OUT AND NO ONE COULD TREAT THIS,MY NOISE PEELED OFF AND continues to this very day I was on this ship March 1966. I found an article that this ship went to Vietnam.Does any know where I can find this information,THANK you

Anonymous October 10, 2015 1:12 pm (Pacific time)

Does anyone have any information about Agent Orange and the Yorktown 1961-1964?

Charles"Mike" Tunstall October 9, 2015 11:05 am (Pacific time)

Looking for Docking logs for 1968-1969 in DaNang, with the USS Manatee. I've written to the Naval Archives, Senators, and Legislators with no luck at all. If anyone has any access to this, please let me know.

Anonymous October 4, 2015 5:26 am (Pacific time)

Im looking for medical records from the US Bon Homma Richard in 1969 where I served in Vietnam .

ADAM U SHULER September 28, 2015 2:14 pm (Pacific time)


ted welfelt August 14, 2015 6:54 pm (Pacific time)

I was in vf-151 uss coral sea when one morning the ship was in a thick fog facing thick jungle and dence fog while the ship ....I think brought on a couple of white plastic wrapped helecopters it was very spooky. but I do not remember the date. airman, plane captain vf-151

Cesar July 26, 2015 6:08 pm (Pacific time)

Darlene, reference the USS Constellation.... My father was on the USS Constellation from June 1969 to May 1970 in Vietnam from what he remembers. That was his first deployment.If you have more questions you can email me at

Dale Drenning July 4, 2015 7:29 am (Pacific time)

DALE DRENNING I also served on the Robert K. Huntinton DD 781 in 1968 in Viet Nam and have many medical issues, heart, diabetic, nueropathy. I originally signed up for medical benefits and had to fight to get those. I have been denied numerous times for compensation. The ship was so close to the shore I could have thown a stone and hit it. I also volunteered to go on shore to escort South Viet Nam officers back to their area. Was on land 3 1/2 weeks and no where is there any record. is anyone else out there having problems that was on the Robert K. Huntinton? You can email me at

CLYDE A BARTLETT (Joe) July 1, 2015 3:33 pm (Pacific time)

I served on the USS Walke I know we went a shore in parties of 10 in Da-Nang does anyone know why we are not on the Agent Orange list. Please email me at I served from 1963 to 1967. My phone is 360-271-9224. Thank you Clyde (Joe) Bartlett

Leonard L Spinks June 29, 2015 5:30 pm (Pacific time)

I was on the uss bonne Homme Rchard and did four west pacts.I worked on the flight deck and spotted the cata pult for 42 months total.Now I have had three tumors removed one being diagnosed as small cell carsanoma and did six months of chemo I am in remission now but I also have type two diabetes and take meds for rapid heart beat.just wondering if I have a claim to agent orange exsposure

linda lauder June 29, 2015 3:18 pm (Pacific time)

my husband was on the uss kearsarge in 1968-1969 does any one have any information if his ship was off shoee in Vietnam at anytime my email is please let me know thank you

Darlene June 17, 2015 10:47 am (Pacific time)

I am looking for other USS Constellation Veterans who would provide a statement of when the USS Constellation was anchored off-shore of Viet Nam. The Veteran remembers it was in 1970 during a Westpac but doesn't remember the exact dates. I want to use these statements on behalf of a Veteran who is seeking service connection of exposure to Agent Orange and the disease processes he is now experiencing due to this exposure.

Ron Bagnato May 14, 2015 4:21 pm (Pacific time)

I served on the Vally Forge Operation double Eagle email me

Anonymous April 26, 2015 10:01 am (Pacific time)

I was on the USS Constellation CVA-64 during Vietnam Nam. Pretty certain that we transferred Agent Orange and/or were exposed to it. I am now hearing many stories of our shipmates having cancer and other health issues. I have Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia. Has there been any research into adding the USS Constellation to the list of exposed crews?

Roden March 5, 2015 2:52 pm (Pacific time)

USS Valley Forge! Looking for shipmates that served with my father on The Valley from 1963-1966. I am Active Duty Navy and trying to get DIC for my mother while learning a lot about my father's service. I can honestly say this has been an eye opener for me and what you all went through. And for ANYONE to say it meant basically nothing is BS. Thank you ALL for leaving behind the legacy I proudly serve today. Please email with any information -

Kerry March 2, 2015 5:37 pm (Pacific time)

Hi, I'm trying to find out more information, My father served on the USS Enterprise in Vietnam from January 1968 to August 1970, he was on the ship when the ship caught fire in 1969. He was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma last May and currently in remission. However he is considered a Blue water sailor and as a family we are looking for any and all info we can get to help my father get any additional benefits. If anyone has any information please email me at Thank you in advance

mg March 1, 2015 5:43 pm (Pacific time)

How come the people in Vietnam don't have as high a Diabetes rate as Veterans who may or may not have been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, Thailand, Korea or any other place on earth? I'm sure it has nothing to do with a Veteran's post service life style. ENCS USN retired

Robert Erhard Sr. February 3, 2015 7:46 pm (Pacific time)

The Buffalo DVA denied my claims for compensation as late as December 2013. The Buffalo DVA claimed that the Buffalo DVA could not find of government records, to include the Buffalo DVA's INtraNET, the records of my service in Vietnam exposed to herbicides (agent orange). However, I found on the INterNET : The DVA January 2010 Compensation & Pension Bulletin Policy (211): Information on Vietnam Naval Operations provides the crew of ships that operated "RIVERS" and "DELTAS"...presumption of exposure to herbicides...without further development. The ships list Jan. 2010 is clearly indicated incomplete: for example, the history of USS Newport News CA148 includes operstions in the Vinh Binh Province in the Mekong "DELTA" December 1968. The June 2010 Compensation & Pension Bulletin Policy (211): ADDITIONAL Information on Vietnam Operations ...lists the USS Newport News for Opertions: Cua Viet "RIVER" April 1969. Note:The DVA's 2015 ships list, lists the USS Newport News for Mekong "DELTA" 1968,ONLY. What's with the omission ? Nonetheless, read (be instructed by)Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions (by law clerk Nichols October 2010); and, The Nehmer Court Order: The Nehmer Training Guide (211A) February 2011 Revised. In my opinion, the two documents will ANSWER many questions.

Rodney Lubiani February 1, 2015 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

I do not see the USS Grasp ARS 24, that ship has disappeared from 1961 to 1965. I served on a ghost ship and somehow survived, we were in Vietnam in 1962 & 1963, in Danang harbor, but no records of it being their? We were on a secret mission teaching underwater demolition to the Vietnamese, where R the records? You can reach me at

Rhonda Sallee January 28, 2015 January 28, 2015 7:04 pm (Pacific time)

My husband, Darrel Sallee, was on the USS Bon Homme Richard during the Viet Nam war. In 1994 he was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma and on January 15, 2014 was diagnosed with glioblastoma astrocytoma multi forme grade 4 brain cancer in which he passed on December 9, 2014. He said he worked on the flight deck and washed filters from the ship useing no gloves or any type of protection. He also experienced hearing loss and type 2 diabetes.

Monroe Tuggle January 15, 2015 1:22 pm (Pacific time)

I don't see the USS Bon Homme Richard on the list. Vietnam War Admiral George Stephen Morrison, father of The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, flew his flag on Bon Homme Richard during the Tonkin Gulf Incident. The Vietnam War escalation in early 1965 brought Bon Homme Richard into a third armed conflict, and she deployed on five Southeast Asia combat tours over the next six years. Her aircraft battled North Vietnamese MiGs on many occasions, downing several, as well as striking transportation and infrastructure targets. Occasional excursions to other Asian areas provided some variety to her operations. Carrier Air Wing 21 (CVW-21) joined the Bonnie Dick for the 1967 deployment to Vietnam. CVW-5 was aboard again for the last three deployments in 1968, 1969, and 1970. In 1970, at the request of the South Vietnamese government, the Bon Homme Richard docked at Da Nang harbour to show the alleged pacification of the region. This was the first U.S. capital ship to do so. Bon Homme Richard was ordered inactivated at the end of her 1970 deployment. I think the ship may haveing been inside the harbor then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development.

YN2 Hamilton, Jerome January 11, 2015 7:22 am (Pacific time)

USS America (CV66) received 5 Vietnam Battle Stars; I guess she wasn't there or exposed either?

Anonymous January 7, 2015 8:56 am (Pacific time)

Gloria Cooper, we have encountered similar circumstances with my husband. He was on the USS Hancock. Ask you VA representative helping you with the claim to request the morning reports from the unit to which he was attached while inland.

Raymond C. Walker January 5, 2015 8:57 pm (Pacific time)

USS Mahan (DLG-11) operated on Saigon River October 24-28, 1962. NOT 1964. I was a crew member during this deployment. Please make correction. Thanks

EDITOR: Thank you, the correction has been made. 

Gloria Cooper December 30, 2014 10:16 am (Pacific time)

My husband Ralph Cooper served on the USS Bennington in Blue Water from 1964-1967. He was taken off the ship via Helicopter and taken inland to Vietnam to make repairs in various Laundry rooms. His military records do not show that he was taken inland and had boots on the ground. He is now showing signs of Parkinson's. Can anyone help? We need to contact anyone who served aboard the USS Bennington during that time. Please contact us at: Also: how do I get a manifest showing all who served on that ship during these years?

James A. Smith December 10, 2014 9:59 pm (Pacific time)

If a veteran has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), he does not have to have boots on the ground or service on an inland waterway in order to receive disability compensation, as long as he was on a ship that operated off Viet Nam, during the Viet Nam war era. The VA recognizes that Blue Water sailors in that area, during the time period were exposed to SOMETHING, but what? They don't say. Yet they don't recognize that Blue Water sailors in that area, during the same time period are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. Why not? What is it that those with NHL were exposed to was able to reach them off shore?

Anonymous December 6, 2014 8:39 am (Pacific time)

I am Kenneth Moore. I served aboard the USS Ingersoll (DD 652) in 1962 when it was near the coast of Vietnam. I now hearing problems and appear to have several health issues related to agent organge. The agent at the Agent Orange registry indicated the Ingersoll wasn't on the list for 1962. I know we were off shore of that year. Send any information you might have to Thanks.

GinaKay November 28, 2014 4:35 pm (Pacific time)

I recently found where bill H.R. 543 was partially incorporated into another bill. Here is the link that reviews that incorporation and where the bill stood as of October 28, 2013 - the VA was supposed to pull together a "comprehensive list" to show which ships should be considered (see current ships list), but we are not sure if the information for each, especially Blue Water ships, was completed or confirmed, or what data was used other than that normally used to specify ships whose crews are eligible for A/O compensation. Here is the link:

Kenneth Patterson November 11, 2014 1:11 am (Pacific time)

Does anyone have the exact date that USS Paul Revere was in Saigon Harbor helping with the salvage of the USS Card? Something besides just May, 1964. Thanks

W. William (Bill) Foster October 20, 2014 11:56 am (Pacific time)

I believe that the Preble DLG15 spent a night or 2 in Da Nang. The Capt. (Bowen) went aboard a command ship to get info for shore bombing that we did later that summer. Please advise

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alfred brooks October 4, 2014 4:30 pm (Pacific time)

i was on the princeton lph 5 from oct 61 thru mar 62 we embarked the ship at phillipines in oct 61 headed too danag. we had an aRMY SQUADREN OF HELIOS,q batallion of marinrs and abelly full of agent orANGE 55 GALLON DRUMS STcke on pallets, 4 drums too a pallet, two pallets high and almody 2 football fields long. we went through two typhoons. the first one was like ridding a rollercoasteralmost fun, the second one was a killer, it lifted the bow of the ship 5 and 6 stories high and then dropprd it suddenly with a thundering crsash this lasted till later the following day.we wer lashed too a life line asa too avoid being losr at sea. this hammering on the ship caused major damage too the hullo of he ship, pulling a section of the side of thw ship loose resulting in A MAJOR LI WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE VOLINTERRED TOO HELP FIX THE SHIPSLEAK. WE SHOEEAK ALLOWING THE SHIP TOO TAKE ON WATER. WE SHORRED UP THE INSIDE OF THE LEAK , CLOSED THE COMPSRTMENTS AND TURNED ON THE BILGE PUMPS. WE STOOD KNEE DEEP IN SEA WATER MIXED WITH AGENT ORANGE FOR HOURS. THR SHIP THEN HEADED TOTHE COASTAL Wters of viet nam. we were told that the ship couldnt dock until the ship off loaded the helios. according too the tresty they had too fly them off. only one army piolit hD FLOWN OFF A FLATI OP BEFORE. SO THEY HAD TOO SCHOOL THR PILOTS ON HOW TOO FLY OFF IN THE PROCESS THEY LOST ONE HELIO OIN THE OCEAN. WE THEN DOCKED IN DANAG FOR REPAIRS, THRY BROUGHT S DEEP SEA DIVER ABOARD TOO WEKD THE OUTSIDE BULKHESD BACK ON, ANOTHER WELDER WELDED THE INSIDE BULKHRSD. SOMR OF MY FRIENDS SND I WENT TOO THE DOCKD TOO MAKE COLLECT CALLS HOME, WE HAD TOO SIGN A LOG TO GO OFF THR SHIP AND HAD TOO SIGN THE LOG TOO GET BACK ON. WE WERE DOCKD FOR TWO DAYS FOR REPAIRS. NOW OUT OF ALL RHYS INFO WQRITTEN THE SHIP LOG ONLY SHOW THAT A SEAMAN WAs admitted too auick b ay with burns roo his eyed ftom waeching the inside welding, i mnrrd too verify ssl thid too thr vetrrsnd saffsird help help help

Katherine Norrie October 4, 2014 3:28 am (Pacific time)

Don't forget hospital sips Like my husband was on a hospital ship. He was a triage doctor so handled the injured marines right after they had been injured on the field so he was exposed first hand. He was 100% disability and received compensation for heart disease and Parkinson's after his death which I am getting compensation for as his widow The Parkinson's was not treatable with any medicine. He gave up living. The two children born after his tour or o duty have mental disabilities. Our boy has very severe bipolar, ADHD anxiety attacks. PTSD. psychotic episodes 2 of our children have mental disabilities. The ship The USS Sanctuary

alfred brooks October 2, 2014 3:38 pm (Pacific time)

i am a viet nam ex marine that served sboard uss princeton lph6from oct 61 to mar 62. we were on floating baTILLION im trying too get agent orange clain for service connected disability. talk about a nightmare. the govt is playing the denial, denial hope you die bit too the max. i need help contacting any army , naval or marine that was aboard this ship during these dates,my home phone is 970-352-7527, you blog showed a neville henderson s navy supplywho wAS ORDERED TOO CLEAN UP A AO SPILL. HOW CA I CONTACT HIM? uss princeton lph5

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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

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 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

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: 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. 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 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 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 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 !

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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 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 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?

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 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 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 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

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 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!! plz feel free to send me info please. 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 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

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!!

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.

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 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 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 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 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

Editor: John Rossie represents the only veterans advocacy group in America that refuses to work with our extremely dedicated group,  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 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@ 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@ 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 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 Thank you;

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


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


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)


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 shares the information with our thousands of daily visitors. 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

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)


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 .

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


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  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 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 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

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 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

Editor: Rebecca, please visit: 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????

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! 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 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,

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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