Certain vessel types that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways also have been identified. The ships and dates of inland waterway service are listed below.
If a veteran’s service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed through military records during the time frames specified, then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development:
• All vessels of Inshore Fire Support [IFS] Division 93 during their entire Vietnam tour, including the USS Carronade, USS Clarion River, USS Francis River and USS White River;
• All vessels with the designation LST (Landing Ship, Tank) during their entire tour;
• All vessels with the designation LCVP )Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) during their entire tour;
• All vessels with the designation PCF (Patrol Craft, Fast; also called Swift Boats) during their entire tour;
• All vessels with the designation PBR (Patrol Boat, River) during their entire tour;
• The USS Ingersoll USS Mansfield, USS Richard E. Kraus, USS Bailone, USS Hamner, USS Conway, USS Fiske, USS Black, USS Providence, USS Mahan, USS Okanogan, USS Niagara Falls
If you served on any of those vessels during the times specified, and you have been diagnosed with one of the disabilities related to Agent Orange exposure, you will be granted, without further development and delay, an award for the purpose of health care and monetary compensation.
This list is not complete. If you served on a ship that entered the inland waterways of Vietnam, please contact email@example.com with as much detail as possible so officials can provide this information to the DVA for processing and inclusion in their database.