Thursday, February 25, 2010

Agent Orange - blue water navy

Recently - there is a greater interest in assigning AO claims to the BLUE WATER Navy. We have some sailors who could use the VA help given their current conditions.  Here are some LINKS to help you sort out your exposure for  claims.  Several of our crew are now on the list for VA health benefits, having had some help from the documents and links provided.

ACTION REPORT 1
ACTION REPORT 2
ACTION REPORT 3
ACTION REPORT 4

DECK LOGS 72-3
DECK LOGS 70
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - VIDEO

LETTER of EXPLANATION (Veteran support letter)
BLUE WATER AWARENESS for AO (offered by USS Bainbridge's Mike Yates

Agent Orange claims ease
for shipboard sailors -

There may be some USS O'Callahan sailors who served in these units as well. This link was contributed by Joseph Allen. One sailor had earlier asked if the deck log of O'Callahan might show of his temporary assignment to a PBR and shore activity that would verify his exposure to agent orange. I am not sure if those logs would show the unit assigned but the logs are housed in naval archives in Washington D.C.

2 comments:

John013f said...

The O'Callahan also visited Vung Tao Harbor for a week in 1971. The ship's crew was exposed to the "Brown Water" of the Saigon River. Two ships listed on the Agent Orange web site are mentioned in the Deck Log as being in port with the O'Callahan at Vung Tao.

john hunter said...

For my Shipmates from the 72/73 cruise I have been rated 70% for AO exposure...Vic was a great asset and the action reports confirmed our close proximity to the shore. Any questions, call me 417-275-4766. I would be remiss if I failed to thanks SH2 Clements, Jim Batchlor and Mike Ponzack, thanks to all and hope to see you in P'cola. TM3 John Hunter.