Navy Ships and Agent Orange Including Blue Water Veterans

Agent Orange – Alphabetized Ship List
If your vessel is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, ISF Division 93 or listed designations (see “Find Your Ship”), check the alphabetized list of ships below.

Ships will be regularly added to the list based on information confirmed in official records of ship operations. Currently there are 214 ships on this list. (Last updated January 2012)

Want to do your own research on Navy ships and Agent Orange? You can request this information from the National Archives series “Logbooks of the U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941-1978″ (ARC Identifier 594258 / HMS Entry Number A1 118).

In your request, please include the ship name as well as the month and the year of the particular log you would like to request. Your request should be sent to:

Archives II Reference Section
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Or Call: (301) 837-3510.

Navy deck logs from 1980 and later are still in the custody of the Navy and requests can be sent to:

Naval Historical Center
Ships History Branch
805 Kidder Breese SE
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. 20374-3643

Blue Water Veterans
Veterans who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War are sometimes called “Blue Water Veterans.”

Blue Water Veterans must have actually stepped foot on the land of Vietnam or served on its inland waterways anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides when claiming service-connection for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Some offshore vessels docked to the shore of Vietnam, operated in Vietnam’s close coastal waters and sent smaller vessels ashore, or conducted operations on the inland waterways of Vietnam.

Check VA’s list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam. Evidence confirmed through military records must show that the Veteran was aboard one of these ships.

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4 Responses to Navy Ships and Agent Orange Including Blue Water Veterans

  1. alvin e thomas says:

    In 1996 I had 4-5 Ischemic Strokes and in 2008 1 Silent Heart Attack. I have high chloesterial and sleep apneia. I have had claims in since 1997. The VA sent me to the Minneapolis VA Hospital, were the benfits doctor approved me for service connecion, and they still disapproved me, because I am US Blue Water Navy. WHAT DOES IT TAKE OTHER THAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND?? WE are droppinglike flies. I have been to 5 Vietnam Veterans funerals in 4 years. The VA is using every excuse that they can, not to pay us. They even said I am already connecting SSD, which is FALSE!

  2. Allen Mitchell says:

    I served on the USS England DLG-22 from 1962 to 1966. The ship and crew played a big part in the Vietnam war. I came down with diabetes and cancer. Also, some other related medical problems.

    Can you advise, the VA is of no help.
    Allen BT1

  3. Richard Spicer says:

    Navy are considered presumptive for agent orange exposure if they have non hodghkins lymphoma.

  4. Robert VanAlstine says:

    I served aboard the USS Boston,1968-69,i am a Type 2 DIABETIC, I have had partof my Colon removed over 20 yrs ago,I have high pressure, and Prostate problems.
    I filed a claim on 3 June 1999,denied,deferred,denied,on appeal since,June
    of 2010.
    R.VanAlstine,Northern Mich.
    USN Veteran 1962-69

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