Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents

This ship's list is intended to provide VA regional offices with a resource for determining whether a particular US Navy or Coast Guard Veteran of the Vietnam era is eligible for the presumption of Agent Orange herbicide exposure based on operations of the Veteran’s ship.

According to 38=CFR § 3.307(a)(6)(iii), the presumption of herbicide exposure requires that the Veteran’s service involved “duty or visitation in the Republic of Vietnam.” For those Veterans who served aboard ships operating primarily or temporarily on the inland waterways of Vietnam, their service involved “duty” in Vietnam. In such cases, the evidence must show that the ship was on the inland waterways and the Veteran was aboard at that time. For those Veterans who served aboard ships that docked and the Veteran went ashore, or served aboard ships that did not dock but the Veteran went ashore, their service involved “visitation” in Vietnam. In cases involving docking, the evidence must show that the Veteran was aboard at the time of docking and the Veteran must provide a statement of personally going ashore. In cases where shore docking did not occur, the evidence must show that the ship operated in Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods, that members of the crew went ashore, or that smaller vessels from the ship went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel. In these cases, the Vet=ran must also provide a statement of personally going ashore.

This list includes three categories of ships:
  • Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam’s inland waterways
  • Ships operating temporarily on Vietnam’s inland waterways or docking to the shore
  • Ships operating on Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that crew memb=rs went ashore or that smaller vessels from the ship went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel
The current list of ships having qualifying service can be found at this website:
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp
This list is not complete. Therefore, the presumption of herbicide exposure should not be denied solely because the Veteran’s ship is not on this list   (PAGE NOT FOUND)