Here is the citation from the VA website:
The USS Ingersoll (DD 652) operated as a Navy destroyer gunship providing fire support for military ground operations along the Vietnam coast during 1965. In addition to coastal duty, the USS Ingersoll traveled up the Saigon River on October 24th and 25th of 1965 to fire on enemy bases. C&P Service has reviewed the ship’s deck logs, located at the National Archives and Records Administration, and confirmed this service in the “inland waterways” of Vietnam. As a result, the presumption of herbicide exposure, as described in 38 CFR 3.307(a)(6)(i), should be extended to any crewmember who served aboard ship during October of 1965. This presumption is authorized by M21-1MR section IV.ii.2.C.10.b. Regional offices should reevaluate any disability claim based on herbicide exposure from one of these veterans that has been denied.It follows, then, that if your ship went up a river, you should be entitled to the same benefits as the crew members of the USS Ingersoll. Additionally, since the DVA opened this can of worms for themselves, if you were in any land locked harbor or bay, or in the delta of any of Vietnam's rivers, and at anchor, you should be eligible for benefits under the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and the Secretary's announcement in the Addendum Compensation & Pension Service Bulletin issued July 31, 2007. The Secretary has established a precedent for this type of service.
Go, do not walk, run to your VARO and get them to pull your case. If you do not have deck logs, get them, but do not wait for them. The DVA should get them for you, like they did for the Ingersoll.
I only wish other skippers would go to bat like the Ingersoll's skipper did.
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