Last updated: August 19th, 2014

Welcome to the Official Home of the USS Blue DD 744

Since the USS Blue DD 744 Website has left port, this many visitors have set sail with us:

Full List of Veterans Property Tax Exemptions By State

This site is very important for our disabled veterans. You might be able to file an amended return from last year, as well as this upcoming year. Please check out this link for more information on this program and the exemptions, which are based on your state of residence.

Click Here for more information on state tax exemptions for veterans.

2014 Registration is now OPEN!!!

Registration is now open for the Reno, Nevada event. Click here to view and print the registration form.

2014 Reunion Event Hotel & Maps Available...

The next reunion event will be in Reno, Nevada on September 18th, 19th and 20th. Visit the Reunions & Events section of our page and find useful information on the 2014 reunion event and schedule, as well as maps and directions to the reunion location.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Visit the newsletter section and view the Spring 2014 newsletter for important information about upcoming events, news around the ships community and more...

HR-543 Introduced in the House of Representatives

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act was introduced to the House Floor by Rep. Chris Gibson (D-NY) along with (41) strongly bipartisan initial co-sponsors on February 6, 2013. This legislation will return the presumption of exposure to herbicide to Navy and Marine veterans who served in the off shore waters of Vietnam.

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USS Blue DD 744 Crew - Please call your local Senators and Congressmen to take action on HR 543 and HR 1494 - bills that would allow "Blue Water" Navy ships that were within (2) miles off the cost of Vietnam to be eligible for Agent Orange maladies and VA assistance

How to request deck logs via the Navy Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Office

Joe Lyle ('66-'69) has information regarding the procedure for requesting information on deck logs from the Department of the Navy. Those that want to seek this information can go after it. Requesting this information is true evidence to prove that the '69-'70 cruse is eligible for Veterans Association (VA) compensation. For more information, please click here.

National Archives - Online Public Access (OPA)

The National Archives provides access to many published documents through their Online Public Access (OPA) portal. To view any of the available USS Blue DD 744 decklogs, please access the following document by clicking here and click on the link for the month and year of the logs you need to access.

Ship Rosters...

Were you stationed on the Blue? Check out our ship rosters and let us know if you are not listed or need your dates of service corrected. Please use the "Contact Us" section of our webpage to submit a request for any changes.

Important Information Associated with Agent Orange Exposure...

Some recent news from a fellow shipmate:

"I just checked with my County Veterans Administration (VA) Officer and he said that this could/should lighten the burden of proof by our guys when they go after a VA Compensatoin/Pension claim. The need for the deck logs may have been eliminated. The guys will possibly only have to supply medical records to the VA for proof of illness. This may get some guys to reapply if they were denied for an earlier claim. This could mean a lot of money to those guys reapplying. It may also get those guys off the fence and apply for their initial claims. I think that this link should be added to the web site as another aid in helping our guys."

For important information available on the exposure to Agent Orange and making a Veterans Administartion (VA) claim, please check out the information at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Agent Orange: Alphabetized Ships List

Standard Form 180 - Request Pertaining to Military Records...

Military personnel records can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records several ways. Veterans or next-of-kin of deceased veterans can use the online order form at vetrecs.archives.gov. Archival requests may also be processed online (or via the SF-180).

DD-744 General Specifications

Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Named for: John S. Blue
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sunk as target off California 28 April 1977


Artist: Glen Madon, 1969-70
Description: I observed the tattered and soot covered Battle Flag of the USS Blue DD 744 against a dark smoke covered sky some 47 years ago. I recreated that vision with acrylics, Indian ink on a 20" x 24" canvas. The title is "The soot covered Battle Flag flown by the USS Blue DD 744 Search Air Rescue, South China Sea