Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange

VA announced it is seeking information from sailors who served in Vietnam's inland waterways for the purposes of developing claims based on exposure to Agent Orange.  They have identified 21 ships and types of U.S. Navel vessels that would qualify.  If a veteran's service aboard one of these ships listed can be confirmed the veterans will be presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange "without further development".  Here is a list and the qualifying time period (if applicable).


          IFS (Inshore Fire Support) Division 93 during its entire Vietnam Tour

          USS Carronade (IFS 1)

          USS Clarion River (LSMR 409)

          USS Franacis River (LSMR 525)

          USS White River (LSMR 536)

          LST (Landing Ship Tank) during their entire tour

          CVP (Landing Craft, Vehcile, Personnel) during their entire tour

          PCF (Patrol Craft fast) or "swift boats", during entire tour

          BR (Patrol Boat, River) in the Mobile Riverine Froces during entire tour

          USS INgersoll (DD-652) Saigon River, Oct. 24-25, 1965

          USS Mansfiled (DD-728) Saigon River, Aug 8-19-1967 and Dec. 21-24, 1968

          USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) coastal inlet north of Da Nang, June 2-5, 1966

          USS Basilone (DD-824) Saigon River May 24-25, 1066

          USS Hamner (DD-718) Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao rivers, Aug 15-Sept

                                                                                                                 1, 1966

          USS Conway (DD-507) Saigon River, early August 1966

          USS Fiske (DD-842) Mekogn River, June 16-21, 1966

          USS Providence (CLG-6) Siagon River, January 1964

          USS Black (DD-666) Saigon River, July 13-19, 1966

          USS Mahan (DLG-11) Saigon River, Oct. 24-28, 1964

          USS Okanogan (APA-220) Saigon River, July 22-23, July 29-30, August 5-6 1968

          USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3, Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay, April 22-25, 1968


Pass this information on to anyone you know that was in the Navy and may have served on board any of these at the time listed.  They are automatically considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange....