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Agent Orange Elgiblitiy For Navy Ships

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I recevied this e-mail and it looks legit, so I decided to share it with all of you. Semper Fi

Subject: New ships added for Vietnam Vets.

Please forward to anyone you know who served in the Navy or Coast Guard

during Vietnam.

VA Adds Ships to Agent Orange List exposure

This week the VA has added the below named ships to the already existing

list for Navy and Coast Guard ships and vessels that are presumed to have

been exposed to Agent Orange. If you served on any of these mentioned ships

and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as

the source for your reapplication. If you have a claim and evidence the

ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a

dock there, make sure you include that with your claim.

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways

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

WHEC [high endurance cutters]

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

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

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

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

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

USS Bexar (APA-237)

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

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

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

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

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

USS Krishna (ARL-38)

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

USS Tortuga (LSD-26)

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

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

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

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

Floating Base Platform (YRBM-18); Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20)

Winnemucca (YTB-785) [harbor tug]

Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or

docked to the shore:

USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon

River Harbor during May 1964

USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] conducted surveys of Mekong

Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through

1969

USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] operated on Hue River

during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landings through March

1967

USS Montrose (APA-212) operated on Song Hue River during December 1965,

operated on Long Tau River during March 1967, and operated on Cua Viet

River and at Dong Ha during May 1967

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

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

USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] operated on Saigon River

from March 31 through April 1, 1966, on Cua Viet River during December

15, 1966, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River during January 15, 1967

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

Bay during January 1966

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

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

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

during July 1966

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

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

October 1966

USS Preston (DD-795) operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and

Saigon River during September 28 - 29 and December 27 - 29, 1965

USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special

Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone

from June 19-July 1, 1966

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

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

USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] operated on

Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during November 7 and December 7,

1968

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

USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha

Trang during December 22-24, 1965

USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang

during March and October 1971

USS Cleveland (LPD-7) operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well

as Hue River, from November 1967 through 1968 and Saigon River during

September 1969

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

USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay

on September 9, 1965

USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and

at Dong Ha during December 1967

Scott Ellis

Government Relations Director

Mid America Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America

phone 1-800-321-5041

fax 1-405-721-1829

e-mail <mailto:mapvagrd@sbcglobal.net> mapvagrd@sbcglobal.net

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Somewhat amusing is the fact that several "vessels" on this list are not "ships" at all, and had to be towed from place to place in Vietnam. The list looks like it supplements an earlier list fairly recently put out by the VA. The earlier list included LSTs and LSMRs, which were not mentioned on this one. The "Blue Water" Debacle rages on! I suspect this list will result in thousands of additional A.O. related claims for diabetes II and or IHD. Virtually none of the vessels listed had a water purification system that would eliminate dioxin contamination. Actually, the "fresh water" systems likely concentrated dioxin in the lining of the fresh water tanks. Average crew numbers per ship were likely at least a hundred, and some carried as many or more "passengers" as crew. Figuring a two year tour, and the time period covered, there are a heck of a lot of "new" veterans entitled to "presumption for A.O. related diseases. I wonder how many have died due to A.O. related problems in the intervening years.

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Yeah- I wonder too----how many BWN vets have died due to dioxin and might never have filed a claim.

I have seen additions to the ships list over the past year and yet I guess the VA list is the one to use. ???

Snakecharmer just added a ship or two recently but maybe that info is here-

"The earlier list included LSTs and LSMRs" Yes that is correct.Why aren't they in this list?????

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I recevied this e-mail and it looks legit, so I decided to share it with all of you. Semper Fi

Subject: New ships added for Vietnam Vets.

Please forward to anyone you know who served in the Navy or Coast Guard

during Vietnam.

VA Adds Ships to Agent Orange List exposure

This week the VA has added the below named ships to the already existing

list for Navy and Coast Guard ships and vessels that are presumed to have

been exposed to Agent Orange. If you served on any of these mentioned ships

and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as

the source for your reapplication. If you have a claim and evidence the

ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a

dock there, make sure you include that with your claim.

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways

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

WHEC [high endurance cutters]

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

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

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

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

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

USS Bexar (APA-237)

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

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

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

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

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

USS Krishna (ARL-38)

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

USS Tortuga (LSD-26)

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

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

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

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

Floating Base Platform (YRBM-18); Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20)

Winnemucca (YTB-785) [harbor tug]

Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or

docked to the shore:

USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon

River Harbor during May 1964

USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] conducted surveys of Mekong

Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through

1969

USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] operated on Hue River

during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landings through March

1967

USS Montrose (APA-212) operated on Song Hue River during December 1965,

operated on Long Tau River during March 1967, and operated on Cua Viet

River and at Dong Ha during May 1967

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

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

USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] operated on Saigon River

from March 31 through April 1, 1966, on Cua Viet River during December

15, 1966, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River during January 15, 1967

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

Bay during January 1966

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

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

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

during July 1966

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

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

October 1966

USS Preston (DD-795) operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and

Saigon River during September 28 - 29 and December 27 - 29, 1965

USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special

Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone

from June 19-July 1, 1966

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

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

USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] operated on

Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during November 7 and December 7,

1968

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

USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha

Trang during December 22-24, 1965

USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang

during March and October 1971

USS Cleveland (LPD-7) operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well

as Hue River, from November 1967 through 1968 and Saigon River during

September 1969

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

USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay

on September 9, 1965

USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and

at Dong Ha during December 1967

Scott Ellis

Government Relations Director

Mid America Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America

phone 1-800-321-5041

fax 1-405-721-1829

e-mail <mailto:mapvagrd@sbcglobal.net> mapvagrd@sbcglobal.net

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