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 Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides... 


Blue-water navy

update

We hope all of our shipmates are staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are all looking forward to being able to travel again and see everyone at our next reunion.  When it becomes safe to do so, we will try to schedule our next Liberty Call!!  In the meantime, stay in touch by email and phone.

Our ShipVie​w facts, stories, and pictures of our ship and crew.  

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See information, including pictures from prior reunions.  We have had 10 reunions over the past 20 years.  We will always be shipmates.   

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Our journey began in 1955, and we are still "Sailing..."

We will periodically highlight one of our shipmates. 

Our  current featured shipmate is

Tom Stowell.

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Remembering those who have passed

In Memoriam...

 Liberty Call 2018-  San Diego

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Our Shipmates

Captain Sells is being given the honor he deserves at the    Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING BLUE WATER VETERANS  CLAIMS:
The FRA supported Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to consider new and previously submitted Blue Water Navy claims.  As part of that effort, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is collaborating with the VA to determine ship locations and to digitize more than 1,800 vessels deck logs.

The data contained in these ships deck logs are critical in determining qualifying ship locations in accordance with the log.  For the first time, the VA will have each of these ships mapped with precision, providing a comprehensive view of their locations.
The VA estimates that there are between 420,000 and 560,000 Vietnam-era veterans who may be considered Blue Water Navy Veterans.  The law also extends benefits to survivors and dependents of veterans with confirmed service whose claims would have been granted as a result of the new law.


The NARA and VA's collaboration has already assisted in granting more than 22,524 claims since January 1.  The effort has digitized more than 29 million images from U.S. Navy and Coast Guard deck logs so far.  It has also provided data such as ship names, dates, and coordinates that can be fed into a internal claim processing system that identifies the vessels that may have traveled within the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam.  This approach ensures that VA claims adjudicators have the evidence needed to render a decision the first time a case is reviewed.
 

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