VA adds ships to Agent Orange exposure list

In June 2010 the VA added more 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. The VA is 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 ’65 and conducted numerous troop landings through March ’67

USS Montrose (APA-212) operated on Song Hue River during Dec. ’65, operated on Long Tau River during March ’67, and operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during May ’67

USS Talladega (APA-208) operated on Saigon River during Oct. ’67

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

USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] operated on Saigon River from 31 March-1 April 66, on Cua Viet River on 15 Dec 66, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River on 15 Jan 67

USS Sproston (DD-577) [destroyer] operated on Mekong Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during Jan. ’66

USS Picking (DD-685) operated on Saigon River on 16 Nov 65

USS Epperson (DD-719) docked to Da Nang Pier on 4 Oct 70

USS Southerland (DD-743) operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River during July ’66

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 Oct. ’66

USS Preston (DD-795) operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and Saigon River during 28-29 Sep 65 and 27-29 Dec 65

USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March ’67

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone from 19 June-1 July 66

USS Perkins (DD-877) operated on Saigon River during June ’69

USS Orleck (DD-886) operated on Mekong River Delta during July ’69

USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] operated on Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during 7 Nov-7 Dec 68

USS Waddell (DDG-24) operated on Cua Viet River during March ’67

USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha Trang during 22-24 Dec 65

USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang during March and October ’71

USS Cleveland (LPD-7) operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well as Hue River, from Nov. ’67 through 1968 and Saigon River during Sept. ’69

USS Dubuque (LPD-8) docked at Da Nang on 15 March 70

USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay on 9 Sep 65

USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during Dec. ’67