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Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents

Updated January 6, 2011

This ships list is intended to provide VA regional offices with a resource for determining whether a particular US Navy or Coast Guard Veteran of the Vietnam era is eligible for the presumption of Agent Orange herbicide exposure based on operations of the Veteran's ship.

According to 38 CPR § 3.307(a)(6)(iii), the presumption of herbicide exposure requires that the Veteran's service involved "duty or visitation in the Republic of Vietnam.” For those Veterans who served aboard ships operating primarily or temporarily on the inland waterways of Vietnam, their service involved "duty" in Vietnam. In such cases, the evidence must show that the ship was on the inland waterways and the Veteran was aboard at that time. For those Veterans who served aboard ships that docked and the Veteran went ashore or served aboard ships that did not dock but the Veteran went ashore, their service involved "visitation" in Vietnam. In cases involving docking, the evidence must show that the Veteran was aboard at the time of docking and the Veteran must provide a statement of personally going ashore. In cases where shore docking did not occur, the evidence must show that the ship operated in Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods, that members of the crew went ashore, or that smaller vessels from the ship went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel. In these cases, the Veteran must also provide a statement of persona1ly going ashore.

This list includes three categories of ships:
 Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam's inland waterways
 Ships operating temporarily on Vieh1am's inland waterways or docking to the shore
 Ships operating on Vietnam's close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that crew members went ashore or that smaller vessels from the ship went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel
This list is not complete. Therefore, the presumption of herbicide exposure should not be denied solely because the Veteran's ship is not on this list. Additionally, when regional office personnel obtain evidence showing that a ship fits into any of these categories. The evidence should be forwarded to the Compensation and Pension Service Agent Orange Mailbox [VAVBAWAS/CO/211/AGENTORANGE] so that the ship can be added to the listing.

Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam's inland waterways
All vessels referred to in military records as part of the "Mobile Riverine Force”
All vessels with the designation LCM [Landing Craft, Mechanized]
All vessels with the designation LCVP [Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel]
All vessels with the designation LST [Landing Ship, Tank]
All vessels with the designation PBR [Patrol Boat River]
All vessels with the designation PCF [Patrol Craft, Fast or Swift Boat]
All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB [Patrol Boat], WHEC [High Endurance Cutter]. WLB [Buoy Tender] and WAK [Cargo Vessel] during their Vietnam tours
All vessels of Inshore Fire Support [IPS] Division 93, including:
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 hull designation PG [Patrol Gunboat], including:
USS Asheville lPG-84)
USS Gallop (PG-85)
USS Antelope (PG-86)
USS Ready (PG-87)
USS Crockett (PG-88)
USS Marathon (PG-89)
USS Canon (PG-90)
USS Mark (AKL-12) [Light Cargo Ship]
USS Brule (AKL-28)
USS Cohoes (AN-78) [net laying ship]
USS Patapsco (AOG-l) [Gasoline Tanker]
USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)
USS Genesee (AOG-8)
USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9)
USS Tombigbee (AOG-l1)
USS Noxubee (AOG-56)
USS Montrose (APA-212) [Attack Transport]
USS Okanogan (APA-220)
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-3D)
USS Indra. (ARL-37)
USS Krishna (ARL-38)
USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) [Landing Ship Dock]
USS Comstock (LSD-19)
USS Tortuga (LSD-26)
Floating Base Platform (YRBM-17) [Repair, Berthing, and Messing Barge]
Floating Base Platform (YRBM-I8)
Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20)
USN Harbor Tug 84 (YTB-84)
USN Harbor Tug 85 (YTB-85)
USN Winnemucca (YTB- 785)
Ships operating temporarily on Vietnam’s inland waterways or docking to shore
USS Card (ACV -11) [Escort Aircraft Carrier] mined, sunk and salvaged in Saigon River Harbor during May 1964
USS Kula Gulf (CVE-l08) [Small Aircraft Carrier: used as helicopter and troop transport] docked at Cam Ranh Bay November 13-16, 1965
USS Pictor (AF-54) [Stores Ship] delivered supplies to Dong Ha on Cue. Viet River during September 1967 and docked to the pier at Da Nang during 1969
USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Ranh Bay, Apri122-25, 1968
USS Maury (AGS-16) [Mapping Survey Ship] conducted surveys of Mekong River Delta and other coastal areas and rivers from November 1965 through 1969
USS Tanner (AGS-15) conducted surveys of Mekong River Delta and other coastal areas and rivers from October 1966 through 1968
USS Serrano (AGS-24) conducted mapping surveys of Mekong River Delta and other coastal and river areas from 1966 through 1969
USS Merrick (AKA-97) [Attack Cargo Ship] operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River during 1966 and docked at Da Nang during September 1968
USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) [Oiler] operated on Mekong River Delta during July 1971
USS Kansas City (AOR-3) [Replenishment Oiler] docked at Da Nang on August 6 and 19, 1971
USS Henrico (AP A-45) [Amphibious Attack Transport] operated on Hue River during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop lauding 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 Grasp (ARS-24) [Salvage Ship] conducted salvaging operations on Song Cua Dia River and other inland waters from February through April 1969
USS Bolster (ARS-38) crew operated on land to extract USS Clark County (LST-601) from beach after grounding at Duo Pho from November 18 to December 1, 1967
USS Reclaimer (ARS-42) operated in Saigon Harbor to salvage USS Card (ACV-l1) from sinking in Saigon River during May 1964 and in Rung Sat Special Zone of Mekong River Delta salvaging ships during early 1966
USS Tillamook (ATA-192) [Auxiliary Ocean Tug] operated on Long Tau branch of Saigon River during January 1966
USS Mahopac (ATA-196) operated on Mekong River from October 30-November 3, 1966
USS Tawakoni (ATF-l1) [Fleet Ocean Tug] operated in Saigon Harbor to salvage USS Card (ACV -11) from sinking in Saigon River during May 1964
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 Providence (CLG-6) [Light Guided Missile Cruiser] operated on Saigon River three days during January 1964 and on Cua Viet River during August 1972
USS Conway (DD-507) [Destroyer] operated on Saigon River during early August 1966
USS Sproston (DD-577) operated on Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during January 1966
USS Braille (DD-630) docked to pier at Da Nang on November 27, 1966
USS Ingersoll (DD-652) operated on Saigon River October 24-25, 1965
USS Black (DD-666) operated on Saigon River July 13-19.1966
USS Picking (DD-685) operated on Saigon River during November 16, 1965
USS Ault (DD-689) operated on Mekong River Delta and Soirap River during May 26, 1967
USS Ingraham (DD-694) operated 10 miles up Saigon River on November 12, 1965
USS Hamner (DD-718) operated on Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao Rivers, August 15-September 1, 1966
USS Epperson (DD-719) docked to Da Nang Pier on October 4, 1970
USS Walke (DD-723) operated on Mekong River Delta at Vung Ganh Rei September 2, 1969
USS Mansfield (DD-728) operated on Saigon River August 8-19, 1967 and December 21-24, 1968
USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) traveled up Saigon River for a four-day visit to Saigon during May 1964
USS Southerland (DD-743) operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River during July 1966
USS Taussig (DD-746) operated on Soirap River in Mekong River Delta during June 15- 26, 1966
USS Loftberg (DD-752) operated on Song Nha Be River during February 18-21 and
April 14-15, 1969 and on Song Cua Dai River during April 10-12, 1969
USS Strong (DD-758) operated in Mekong River Delta and Rung Sat Special Zone during April 1968
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 Rowan (DD-782) operated on Song Tra Khuc River during June 1965
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 Chevalier (DD-805) operated on Saigon River during June 15-21, 1966 and on Vung Ganh Rai area of Mekong River Delta during January 25, 1968
USS Higbee (DD-806) operated on Vung Ganh Rai area of Mekong River Delta during March 1-12, 1969
USS Dennis J Buck1ey (DD-808) operated on Mekong River Delta Saigon River, and
Ganh Rai Bay from December 19,1966 to January 16, 1967
USS Holder (DD-819) operated on Vung Ganh Rai and Saigon River during August 5, 1966
USS Basilone (DD-824) operated on Saigon River, May 24-25, 1966
USS Fisk (DD-842) operated on Mekong River, June 16-21, 1966
USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special Zone, North of Vung Ganh Rai Bay during March 1967
USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang during June 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a bridge
USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) operated on Vung Ganh Rai Bay and channels during August 1969
USS Brownson (DD-868) operated on Song Nha Be and Ganh Rai Bay areas of Mekong
River Delta during February 1967
USS Damato (DD-871) operated on Saigon River during December 12-13, 1967
USS Perkins (DD-877) operated on Saigon River during June 1969
USS Leary (DD-879) operated on Baie de Ganh Rai of the Mekong River Delta on October 9, 1967
USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone from June 19-July 1, 1966
USS Newman K. Kelly (DD-883) operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River November 23-28, 1966
USS Orleck (DD-886) operated on Mekong River Delta during July 1969
USS Mullinnix (DD-944) operated on Vung Ganh Rai and Saigon River during August 5-6, 1966
USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) [Guided Missile Destroyer] docked at Da Nang pier on April 2~ 1967
USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) operated on Mekong River Delta March 4, 1966 and Ganh Rai Bay duringNovember 7 and December 7, 1968
USS Waddell (DDG-24) operated on Cua Viet River during March 1967
USS Davidson (DE-l 040) [Destroyer Escort] operated on Vung Ganh Rai and Rung Sat
Special Zone of Mekong River Delta from September 16 to October S, 1967
USS Lang (DE-1060) docked to pier #4 in Da Nang Harbor for 38 minutes on January 5, 1972
USS Newell (DER.-322) [Destroyer Escort Radar] docked at port of Nha Trang during December 22-24, 1965
USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate] operated on Saigon River October 24. 28, 1964
USS Duluth (LPD-6) [Amphibious Transport Dock] docked to pier at Da Nang during March and October 1971
USS Dubuque (LPD-8) docked at Da Nang on March 15, 1970
USS Boxer (LPH-4) [Amphibious Assault Ship] docked to pier at Cam Ranh Bay on September 9, 1965
USS Catamount (LSD-17) [Landing Ship Dock] operated on Song Nab Be River during April 1969
USS Conflict (MSO-426) [Minesweeper] operated on Saigon River April 1, 1966 and Song Huong River (Perfume River) May 14, 1966
USS Fortify (MSO-446) travelled up the Saigon River to Saigon September 19-22, 1964
USS Inflict (MSO-456) travelled up the Saigon River to Saigon September 19-22. 1964
USS Loyalty (MSO-457) travelled up the Saigon River to Saigon September 19-22, 1964
USS Geiger (T-AP-197) (Military Transport] docked at Qui Nhon November 23-26, 1965
Ships operating on Vietnam's close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that crew members went ashore or that smaller vessels went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel
USS Mars (AFS-1) [Combat Stores Ship] conducted numerous on shore supply replenishments at Da Nang. Cam Ranh Bay, Vung Tau, and An Thoi from July 1965 to November 1972 with evidence of crewmembers going ashore
USS Estes (AGC-12) [Amphibious Assault Command Ship] conducted troop and supply beach landings during March and July-August 1965, at Chu Lai, Da Nang, and Qui Nhon
USS Vega (AP-59) [Stores Ship] conducted resupply operations in the Mekong River Delta area on September 13, 1966; on-loaded supplies at An Thoi Vung Tau, Cam Ranh Bay and Da Nang during June 1969; and delivered supplies to Da Nang, Cam Ranh Bay, Con Son, An Thoi, and Hon Choi during November-December 1970
USS Repose (AH-16) [Hospital Ship] operated continuously on close coastal waters from 1966-1970, with the likelihood that crewmembers went ashore on liberty leave
USS Sanctuary (AH-I7) operated continuously on close coastal waters from 1967-1970, with the likelihood that crewmembers went ashore on liberty leave
USS Mathews (AKA-96) [Attack Cargo Ship] on-loaded supplies at Da Nang and delivered them up the Cua Viet River to Dong Ha with “mike boats’ from August through December 1967
USS Skagit (AKA-105) conducted troop and cargo beach "mike boat" landings at Da Nang, Chu Lai, and Quang Ngai from November 1965 to November 1967
USS Union (AKA/LKA-106) [Attack/Amphibious Cargo Ship] anchored in mouth of the Hue River while conducting operations during April 1965 and conducted troop and cargo "mike boat" beach landings at Da Nang and Cam Ranh Bay from 1965 to 1969
USS Tulare (AKA/LKA-112) conducted troop and cargo "mike boat" beach landings at Da Nang, Chu Lai, Com Ranh Bay, and Vung Tau from 1966 to 1972
USS George Clymer (APA-27) [Amphibious Attack Transport] conducted troop and supply "mike boat” beach landings during July 1965, and March-July 1966, at Da Nang and Chu Lai
USS Bayfield (APA-33) conducted troop on loading and "mike boat" landings at Da Nang, Chu Lai, Baie de My Han, and Cua Viet River from July through October 1965 and February through May 1967
USS Hector (AR-7) [Repair Ship] anchored in Vung Tau Harbor repairing other vessels from July 20 to August 16, 1970, with deck logs stating that crew members went ashore on liberty leave
USS Currituck (A V-7) [Sea Plane Tender] travelled up Saigon River to Saigon during early 1964; operated in Mekong River Delta during June 1965; anchored at Cam Ranh Bay for month long periods during 1966 and 1967 to repair and tend to Navy sea planes. with the likelihood that crewmembers went ashore on liberty leave
USS Pine Island (AV-12) anchored at Da Nang during August 1964, and Cam Ranh Bay for month long periods during 1965 and 1966, to repair and tend to Navy sea planes, with the1ikelihood that crewmembers went ashore on liberty leave
USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) travelled up Saigon River to Saigon during June 1964, and anchored at Cam Ranh Bay for month long periods during 1966, to repair and tend to
Navy sea planes, with the likelihood that crewmembers went ashore on liberty leave
USS Chicago (CG-11) [Guided Missile Cruiser] while anchored in Da Nang Harbor on May 22, 1969, deck logs show a utility boat went ashore for one hour with eight crewmembers aboard
USS Wiltsie (DD-716) [Destroyer] while anchored off the coast, two officers and five sailors went ashore by helicopter for one night during September 1970
USS Blue (DD-744) anchored in Da Nang Harbor on April 21. 1968, with crewmembers going ashore for picnic
USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829) anchored off Qui Nhon and Nha Trang with crewmembers going ashore during February 5-20, 1967
USS Cleveland (LPD-7) [Amphibious Transport Dock] operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well as Hue River, with "mike boats" from November 1967 through 1968 and on the Saigon River during September 1969
USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [Landing Ship Dock] conducted troop-landing operations with “mike boats" at Da Nang, Dong Ha on Cua Viet River, and Nha Be on Saigon River, as well as three-month duty as "boat repair ship" at Da Nang, from July 1965 to August 1968
USS Whetstone (LSD-27) on-loaded and delivered troops to Da Nang, Hue, Phu Bai, Dong Ha with beach landings and “mike boats” and served as long term “boat havens" for repairs of smaller vessels at Da Nang and Qui Nhon during 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969
USS Epping Forest (MCS-7) [Mine Countermeasure Support Ship] conducted mine sweep of Cua Viet River using smaller vessels from main ship during May 1968
Updated January 6, 2011