Last updated: April 28th, 2019

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Procopio v. Wilkie, No. 17-1821 (Fed. Cir. 2019)

Procopio served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in 1964-1967. In July 1966, the Intrepid was deployed in the waters offshore the landmass of the Republic of Vietnam, including its territorial sea. Procopio sought entitlement to service connection for diabetes mellitus in 2006 and for prostate cancer in 2007 but was denied service connection for both in 2009. The Federal Circuit reversed, holding that the unambiguous language of the Agent Orange Act, 38 U.S.C. 1116, entitles Procopio to a presumption of service connection for his prostate cancer and diabetes mellitus. The term “in the Republic of Vietnam,” unambiguously includes the territorial sea under all available international law. Congress indicated those who served in the 12 nautical mile territorial sea of the “Republic of Vietnam” are entitled to section 1116’s presumption if they meet the section’s other requirements.


United States Senate: Letter from Honroable Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

WISCONSIN -- Senator Tammy Baldwin, the junior United States Sentor from Wisconsin since 2013, wrote Mr. Glenn Harvey.

House Approves Benefits for Blue Water Navy Veterans

WASHINGTON -- The House unanimously passed legislation Monday that would extend Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to approximately 90,000 sailors who served off the coast during the Vietnam War, some of whom have been fighting for years to prove their illnesses were caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

An Examination of the Potential Exposure of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Personnel to 'Agent Blue' via Drinking Water

During the Vietnam War, large quantities of phenoxy herbicides (Agent Orange) contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), arsenical herbicides (Agent Blue) and organochlorine pesticides were used. There has been concern that exposure to these chemicals may have long-term adverse health effects.

The document referenced on our website shows the experiments by the VAA (Veterans Affairs, Australia) on the effects of the drinking water distilled on board RAN (Royal Australian Navy) ships during the Vietnam War.

Although you may not under the science and chemistry in the report, The USS Blue DD 744 Reunion Committee thinks this might be of interest to the Sailors from that era.

Click here for the official report entitled,
"An Examination of the Potential Exposure of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Personnel to Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans via Drinking Water"

Frank Mahan Library ('44-'45)

A special thanks to Ms. Martha Mahan, daughter of Frank Mahan, who donated her photos from Frank's time on the USS Blue DD 744 during World War II from 1944 - 1945. We are working on digitizing all of them and having them available for your view. Please visit our new section titled, "Frank Mahan Library ('44-'45)".

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.

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 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