Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ships that were exposed to Agent Orange


If you have any documentation showing that any other ship not listed was on the inland waters of Vietnam, or if any additional dates for inland waters service applies to any of the ships already listed, please forward that information to navy(at)bluewaternavy.org.
If you were on a ship that docked in Vietnam and was tied fast to a pier, and there is proof that liberty was granted to the crew, and you went ashore, that ship should appear on this list. Submit a claim for service connection along with a sworn statement that you in fact did step ashore. You will be given presumption of exposure. If that ship is not listed, please provide the documentation to navy(at)bluewaternavy.org so it can be added to the list.
If you were on a ship that anchored in a port, bay or harbor and there is documentation that liberty was sounded for the crew, and there is documentation that ship-to-shore launches were used to ferry personnel on liberty to and from the beach, that documentation should be accepted as proof of your boots-on-ground. That ship should appear on this list. Provide a sworn statement that you actually took the liberty launch to the shore of Vietnam. If that is not listed, provide the necessary documentation so that ship can be added to this list
Here is a combined listing of ships from the first and second release of ships eligible for service connection for all crew due to service on the Inland Waters of Vietnam

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Additional Information on Vietnam Naval Operations

If evidence places a Veteran on one of these vessels at the time of inland waterway operations, the Veteran is eligible for the presumption of herbicide exposure. In the case of a ship with confirmed docking to the shore, the Veteran must also provide a statement that he went ashore to be eligible for the presumption.

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways

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

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

All vessels with the designation PBR [Patrol Boat, River] during their entire tour, Also called River Patrol Boats

All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB or WHEC

USS Antelope (PG-86)

USS Asheville (PG-84) patrol gunboat

USS Askari (ARL-30)

Barracks Barge (APL-26)

Barracks Barge (APL-30)

USS Belle Grove (LSD-2)

USS Benewah (APB-35)

USS Bexar (APA-237)

USS Brule (AKL-28)

USS Comstock (LSD-45)

USS Canon PG-90)

USS Colleton (APB-36)

USS Crockett (PG-88)

USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)

USS Gallo (PG-85)

USS Genesee (AOG-8)

USS Indra (ARL-37)

USS Kishwaukee AOG-9

USS Krishna (ARL-38)

USS Marathon (PG-89)

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

USS Mercer (APB-39)

USS Montrose (APA-212) [attack transport]

USS Noxubee (AOG-56)

USS Nueces (APB-40)

USS Okanogan (APA-210)

USS Patapsco (AOG-1) [gasoline tanker]

USS Ready (PG-87)

USS Satyr (ARL-23) [repair ship]

USS Sphinx (ARL-24)

USS Tombigbee (AOG-11)

USS Tutuila (ARG-4) [repair ship]

USS Tortuga (LSD-261)

Winnemucca (YTS-785)

Floating Base Platform

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


Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or docked to the shore

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

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

USS Buck (DD-761) operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River during October 1966

USS Bolster (ARS-38) [salvage ship] crew operated on land to extract USS Clark County (LST-601) from beach after grounding at Duc Pho from November 18 to December 1, 1967

USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay on September 9, 1965

USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon River Harbor during May 1964

USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during December 1967

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

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

USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang during March and October 1971

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone from June 19—July 1, 1966

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

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

USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] [Operated on Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao Rivers,

August 15-September 1, 1966]

USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] operated on Hue River during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landing through March 1967

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

USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang,

June 2-5, 1966

USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate]

[Operated on Saigon River October 24-28, 1964]

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

December 21-24, 1968]

USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] conducted surveys of Mekong Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through 1969

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 Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha Trang during December 22-24, 1965

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

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

1968 and August 5-6, 1968]

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

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

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

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

USS Southerland (DD-743) operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River during July 1966

USS Sproston (DD-577) [destroyer] operated on Mekong Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during January 1966

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

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

USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967

USS Waddell (DDG-241) operated on Cua Viet River during March 1967

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