Vietnam Era, Navy and Coast Guard Ships Identified as Having Been Exposed to Agent Orange

Update: Blue Water Veterans Agent Orange Report

Agent Orange: U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships in Vietnam

September 5th, 2011
The VA has released an updated list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records.

This evolving list will help Veterans who served aboard ships, including “Blue Water Veterans,” find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.

Veterans must meet VA’s criteria for service in Vietnam, which includes aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.

Veterans who qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure are not required to show they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides when seeking VA compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Find Your Ship

Ships or boats that were part of the Mobile Riverine Force, Inshore Fire Support (ISF) Division 93 or had one of the following designations operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam. Veterans whose military records confirm they were aboard these ships qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.

During your Vietnam tour, did your ship or boat have one of the following designations?

Alphabetized Ship List

If your vessel is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, ISF Division 93 or above designations, check VA’s Alphabetized Ship List.

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Previous report: June 20, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently addressed the findings on the affects of Agent Orange on Blue Water Sailors — those who served on deep water Navy or Coast Guard vessels. In summary, the report stated that the exposure of Vietnam-era Blue Water Navy Veterans to Agent Orange cannot reasonably be determined due to a lack of data on environmental concentrations of Agent Orange contaminants.
The VA is telling Blue Water Navy Veterans who feel they were exposed to AO should submit claims and apply for benefits, despite the reports findings.Read more on the Military Advantage Blog.
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The following is a list of  Vietnam Era, Navy and Coast Guard Ships Already Identified as Having Been Exposed to Agent Orange:

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”]

. 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
lao 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]

USDVA Issues List Of Ships That Qualify For Presumptive Agent Orange Exposure

. USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate] [Operated on Saigon River
October 24-28,1964]

. USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack Transport] [Operated on Saigon River July
22-23, 29-30,1968 and August 5-6, 1968]

. USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] [Unloaded supplies on
Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay,

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) 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
serve 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.
NAUS advises that the VA is already working on a third list that will have
more ships listed.  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 Stauss (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]
[Source: NAUS Weekly update 25 Jun 2010++]

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5 responses to “Vietnam Era, Navy and Coast Guard Ships Identified as Having Been Exposed to Agent Orange

  1. I was aboard the USS VALLEY FORGE we were in the Da Nang harbor every day and we yet are not listed as being exposed to Agent Orange. We cruzed the coastal water ways and moored at Da Nang. How can we find out how to get listed?

  2. I served aboard the USS Carronade IFS-1 from 1967 to 1969. And I would like to hear from anyone that may remember me. I’m from alaska and I was on board in that era. If there is a Daniel Dugas out there contact me here in ALASKA and my phone number is 907-438-2115. or anyone that remembers me.

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