Friday, June 27, 2008

Plan of the Day!

Now hear this:

Please make sure you read the directions for adding a ship to the Blue Water Navy Ships of Vietnam, and understand this is not an official definition of Blue Water Navy service we are using here. Simply put, if your ship entered port, or went up a river or other estuary, your ship is NOT eligible for inclusion in our list. Our list is NOT an official resource! Do not use it for your claim!

When making comments, you must use the comments link at the bottom of each post. If you are contacting me and looking for a response, DO NOT USE THE COMMENTS SECTION, use the emailme link on the left sidebar.

Please make sure you review your comments for spelling, and grammar; also if you are passing along facts, statistics, or other information, please make sure you cite your sources, and provide a link. For those of you concerned with "censorship" understand that the comment process is designed just for that. We have in the past rejected comments that were too political, contained objectionable words or phrases, was nothing more than an ad hominem attack, or had absolutely nothing to do with Blue Water Navy issues.

Again, if you wish to send a message to us, use the emailme link. Anonymous comments do not provide any way of identifying who the sender is, and therefore, we cannot mail any response, or questions we might have.

Whatever you do, do not give up the ship! Do not lay down and roll over because the court ruled against us. Make sure you keep that fighting attitude you had when off the coast of Vietnam.

We have not lost this fight! We just haven't won it yet! Do not secure from GQ!


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"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

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  1. Anonymous16:34

    I'm afraid I don't really understand.....many ships that spent all their time at sea off Vietnam, would, from time to time, enter the mouth of a river and anchor there for various reasons, also into places like Danang and Camrahn Bay for short periods, also for various reasons...few, if any crew members went ashore for any reason and most of those who did have no way of proving it.

    Are you saying these ships don't count as "Blue Water"?? I know there were ships such as LST's, AGR's, PG's, etc which spent a lot of time in ports and rivers as part of their mission and I would agree with you about's the others I'm asking about. One of the DD's on your list actually spent time anchored up the Saigon River providing NGFS to the Army.

  2. You are correct. And we rely on those who send us the information we request to be honest about their ship's history.

    We were just recently apprised of our own squadron sister ship, the USS Dyess DD 880, as being a ship with a single deployment to Vietnam that included NGFS duty up the Mekong River. As a result we are removing her name from the list.

    We are aware of other ships that also made it into Brown Water, but not on all deployments to Vietnam. Those ships stay on the list.

    Future questions like this should be sent using the email me link on the left sidebar.


  3. rich donohue11:46

    i'm fighting the va on the agent orange issue. i served on the uss benner dd807 for my entire enlistment. i've just recently obtained the deck-logs for 26 june-2 july 1968 and we were anchored in ganh rai bay up-water from vung tau. i'm waiting for the va to "apologize" and grant me exposure presumption according to their directive dated 9 sept. 2010.-rich donohue

  4. Good luck Rich! Hope you get your benefits soon. But don't look for an apology from the DVA. They don't have it in them. Read some of the newer posts and see what they are really like.