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.
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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"
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)".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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