Epperson DD- 719 - History

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Epperson

Harold Glenn Epperson, born 14 July 1923 in Akron Ohio, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 12 December 1942. Private Epperson served with distinction in the assaults on Tarawa and Saipan, sharing in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his organization for its service at Tarawa. He was killed in action on Saipan 25 June 1944, and received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his great courage and self-sacrifice in throwing himself on an enemy hand grenade to save his comrades from the effect of its explosion.

(DD-719: dp. 2,425; 1. 390'6"; b. 41'1"; dr. 18'6"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 336 a. 6 5', 5 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. Gearing)

Epperson (DD-719) was launched 22 December 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J., sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Epperson, mother of Private Epperson; redesignated DDE-719 on 28 January 1948, completed by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and commissioned 19 March 1949, Commander T. H. W. Connor in command

Epperson conducted training along the east coast, on 10 December 194g she arrived at Key West for intensive antisubmarine warfare exercises. On 22 August 1950 Epperson sailed for Pearl Harbor, her home port, arriving 10 September. She operated in the Hawaiian Islands with her squadron and ships of other types, and on 7 November 1950 became flagship of Commander, Escort Division 12.

Epperson sailed from Pearl Harbor 1 June 1951 for service in the Korean war. She screened the carrier task force off Korea, patrolled and bombarded the coast, and joined in hunter-killer exercises off Okinawa before returning to Pearl Harbor 14 November. Her second Korean tour, from l0 November 1952 to 29 May 1963 found her performing similar duty, as well as patrolling the Taiwan Straits, and entering the dangerous waters 'of Wonson Harbor to bombard enemy shore batteries.

During the first 4~ months of 1954, Epperson patrolled in the Marshalls during thermonuclear weapons test, and in June sailed for duty in the Far East once more, an annual part of her employment schedule through 1962. In 1958 and 1959, her western Pacific cruises included visits to Manus, ports in Australia and New Zealand, and Pago Pago, Samoa.

Epperson received five battle stars for Korean war service.


USS Epperson (DD-719)

USS Epperson (DD/DDE-719) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for United States Marine Corps Private Harold G. Epperson (1923–1944), who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Battle of Saipan.

Epperson was launched on 22 December 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Epperson, mother of Private Epperson redesignated DDE-719 on 28 January 1948 completed by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine and commissioned on 19 March 1949, Commander T. H. W. Connor in command.


EPPERSON DD 719

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 20 1945
    Launched December 22 1945 as DD-719
    Reclassified Escort Destroyer (DDE) January 28 1948

Struck from Naval Register January 30 1976

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USS Epperson (DDE-719, later DD-719), 1949-1977

USS Epperson, a 2425-ton Gearing class destroyer built at Kearny, New Jersey, was launched in December 1945 but was laid up incomplete. In January 1948 she was reclassified as an Escort Destroyer (DDE-719). After conversion work at Bath, Maine, she was placed in commission in March 1949 and began more than a year of training and antisubmarine exercises in East Coast waters. Epperson was transferred to the Pacific in August 1950, to be based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, her home port for the next twenty-three years. In 1951 and 1952-1953 she made two Korean War combat deployments, during which she carried out shore bombardment, patrol and antisubmarine missions.

During the rest of the 1950s and the early 1960s Epperson regularly steamed across the Pacific for tours of duty with the Seventh Fleet, sometimes visiting Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific on her return voyages. In 1954 she participated in Operation "Castle", a series of nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, and in 1961-1963 she helped recover manned and unmanned spacecraft that had orbited the Globe as parts of the Mercury and Discoverer programs. Her designation reverted to DD-719 in June 1962.

Epperson was extensively modernized at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1964 under the Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation ("FRAM"). Emerging in FRAM I configuration, she was now fitted with an antisubmarine rocket launcher (ASROC) and a small hangar and flight deck for drone helicopters, as well as a largely new superstructure. The destroyer soon resumed her pattern of nearly annual deployments to the Western Pacific. In seven cruises from September 1965 to April 1973 Epperson was frequently engaged in combat operations off Vietnam, involving naval gunfire support work, plus search and rescue duties and service screening the aircraft carriers and cruisers that were constantly on station in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Shortly after the end of her 1972-1973 Far Eastern cruise, Epperson's home port was changed to Seattle, Washington, where she served as a Naval Reserve Training ship until decommissioned at the beginning of December 1975. Epperson was sold to Pakistan in April 1977 and renamed Taimur. Following two decades of service as a unit of Pakistan's Navy, the nearly fifty-year old destroyer was stricken in 1998.


USS Epperson (DDE-719, later DD-719), 1949-1977

USS Epperson, a 2425-ton Gearing class destroyer built at Kearny, New Jersey, was launched in December 1945 but was laid up incomplete. In January 1948 she was reclassified as an Escort Destroyer (DDE-719). After conversion work at Bath, Maine, she was placed in commission in March 1949 and began more than a year of training and antisubmarine exercises in East Coast waters. Epperson was transferred to the Pacific in August 1950, to be based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, her home port for the next twenty-three years. In 1951 and 1952-1953 she made two Korean War combat deployments, during which she carried out shore bombardment, patrol and antisubmarine missions.

During the rest of the 1950s and the early 1960s Epperson regularly steamed across the Pacific for tours of duty with the Seventh Fleet, sometimes visiting Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific on her return voyages. In 1954 she participated in Operation "Castle", a series of nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, and in 1961-1963 she helped recover manned and unmanned spacecraft that had orbited the Globe as parts of the Mercury and Discoverer programs. Her designation reverted to DD-719 in June 1962.

Epperson was extensively modernized at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1964 under the Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation ("FRAM"). Emerging in FRAM I configuration, she was now fitted with an antisubmarine rocket launcher (ASROC) and a small hangar and flight deck for drone helicopters, as well as a largely new superstructure. The destroyer soon resumed her pattern of nearly annual deployments to the Western Pacific. In seven cruises from September 1965 to April 1973 Epperson was frequently engaged in combat operations off Vietnam, involving naval gunfire support work, plus search and rescue duties and service screening the aircraft carriers and cruisers that were constantly on station in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Shortly after the end of her 1972-1973 Far Eastern cruise, Epperson's home port was changed to Seattle, Washington, where she served as a Naval Reserve Training ship until decommissioned at the beginning of December 1975. Epperson was sold to Pakistan in April 1977 and renamed Taimur. Following two decades of service as a unit of Pakistan's Navy, the nearly fifty-year old destroyer was stricken in 1998.


Mục lục

Epperson được đặt lườn tại xưởng tàu của hãng Federal Shipbuilding ở Newark, N.J. vào ngày 20 tháng 6 năm 1945. Nó được hạ thủy vào ngày 22 tháng 12 năm 1945 [1] được đỡ đầu bởi bà J. B. Epperson, mẹ binh nhất Epperson, [2] nhưng bị bỏ không và được kéo đến xưởng tàu của hãng Bath Iron Works Corp. vào tháng 12 năm 1946. [1] Đến ngày 28 tháng 1 năm 1948, nó được xếp lại lớp như một tàu khu trục hộ tống với ký hiệu lườn DDE-719, rồi được hoàn tất tại xưởng tàu của hãng Bath Iron Works ở Bath, Maine và nhập biên chế vào ngày 19 tháng 3 năm 1949 dưới quyền chỉ huy của Hạm trưởng, Trung tá Hải quân T. H. W. Connor. [2]

USS Epperson Sửa đổi

Epperson tiến hành hoạt động huấn luyện dọc theo vùng bờ Đông cho đến ngày 10 tháng 12, 1949, khi nó đi đến Key West, Florida để tập trận chống tàu ngầm. Được điều động sang Hạm đội Thái Bình Dương, nó lên đường vào ngày 22 tháng 8, 1950 để hướng sang Trân Châu Cảng, và đi đến cảng nhà mới của nó vào ngày 10 tháng 9. Nó cùng hải đội hoạt động tại vùng biển quần đảo Hawaii từ căn cứ này, và từ ngày 7 tháng 11, 1950 đã đảm nhiệm vai trò soái hạm của Tư lệnh Đội hộ tống 12. [2]

Epperson khởi hành từ Trân Châu Cảng vào ngày 1 tháng 6, 1951 để tham gia hoạt động trong cuộc Chiến tranh Triều Tiên. Nó đã phục vụ hộ tống cho các tàu sân bay thuộc Lực lượng Đặc nhiệm 77, cũng như tuần tra và bắn phá bờ biển đối phương tại Triều Tiên, rồi tham gia các cuộc thực hành tìm-diệt tàu ngầm ngoài khơi Okinawa trước khi quay trở về Trân Châu Cảng vào ngày 14 tháng 11. Trong lượt phục vụ thứ hai tại Triều Tiên, diễn ra từ ngày 10 tháng 11, 1952 đến ngày 29 tháng 5, 1953, con tàu đảm nhiệm những vai trò tương tự, đặc biệt đã áp sát khu vực cảng Wonsan để bắn phá những vị trí pháo binh đối phương. Nó cũng đồng thời tham gia các cuộc tuần tra tại eo biển Đài Loan. [2]

Sang đầu năm 1954, Epperson hoạt động tuần tra tại khu vực quần đảo Marshall trong khuôn khổ Chiến dịch Castle, một loạt các cuộc thử nghiệm bom khinh khí nhiên liệu rắn. Sang tháng 6, con tàu lại được phái sang phục vụ tại Viễn Đông, một hoạt động được tiến hành hàng năm mãi cho đến năm 1962. Ngoài ra trong những năm 1958 và 1959, nó còn viếng thăm Manus các cảng tại Australia và New Zealand, cũng như Pago Pago tại Samoa thuộc Mỹ. [2]

Epperson quay trở lại ký hiệu lườn ban đầu DD-719 vào ngày 30 tháng 6, 1962. Nó được cho xuất biên chế đồng thời được rút tên khỏi danh sách Đăng bạ Hải quân vào ngày 30 tháng 1, 1976. [2]

PNS Taimur Sửa đổi

Con tàu được chuyển cho Pakistan vào ngày 29 tháng 4, 1977 và tiếp tục phục vụ cùng Hải quân Pakistan như là chiếc PNS Taimur. Con tàu từng được tân trang tại Căn cứ Hải quân San Diego, rồi sau đó được nâng cấp tại vịnh Subic, Philippines. Nó ngừng hoạt động năm 1999 rồi bị đánh chìm như một mục tiêu vào tháng 3, 2000.

Epperson được tặng thưởng năm Ngôi sao Chiến trận do thành tích phục vụ trong Chiến tranh Triều Tiên.


Epperson DD- 719 - History

This page features all the views we have related to USS Epperson (DD-719) during and after her 1964 FRAM I modernization.

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In drydock at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, undergoing her FRAM I modernization, 14 April 1964.
Photographed by Joseph Demattos.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway off Oahu, Hawaii, circa the later 1960s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 12 February 1968.
Photographed by PHCM/AC Louis P. Bodine.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 29 August 1968.
Photographed by PHCM/AC Louis P. Bodine, of squadron VC-1.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway off the coast of Hawaii, 18 December 1969.
Photographed by PH2 D.L. Fry.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Jacket patch of the Engineering Department's insignia, as used in 1967. The design's background is the Destroyer Squadron 25 insignia, overlaid with a "confident lion" and the motto "We Can Handle It".

Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Insignia: USS Epperson (DD-719)

Emblem adopted in 1974. Its design alludes to her duty as Naval Reserve Training ship at Seattle, Washington.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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In addition to the images presented above, the National Archives appears to hold other 1964 and later views of USS Epperson (DD-719). The following list features some of these images:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".

Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.


Epperson DD- 719 - History

USS Epperson , a 2425-ton Gearing class destroyer built at Kearny, New Jersey, was launched in December 1945 but was laid up incomplete. In January 1948 she was reclassified as an Escort Destroyer (DDE-719). After conversion work at Bath, Maine, she was placed in commission in March 1949 and began more than a year of training and antisubmarine exercises in East Coast waters. Epperson was transferred to the Pacific in August 1950, to be based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, her home port for the next twenty-three years. In 1951 and 1952-1953 she made two Korean War combat deployments, during which she carried out shore bombardment, patrol and antisubmarine missions.

During the rest of the 1950s and the early 1960s Epperson regularly steamed across the Pacific for tours of duty with the Seventh Fleet, sometimes visiting Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific on her return voyages. In 1954 she participated in Operation "Castle", a series of nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, and in 1961-1963 she helped recover manned and unmanned spacecraft that had orbited the Globe as parts of the Mercury and Discoverer programs. Her designation reverted to DD-719 in June 1962.

Epperson was extensively modernized at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1964 under the Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation ("FRAM"). Emerging in FRAM I configuration, she was now fitted with an antisubmarine rocket launcher (ASROC) and a small hangar and flight deck for drone helicopters, as well as a largely new superstructure. The destroyer soon resumed her pattern of nearly annual deployments to the Western Pacific. In seven cruises from September 1965 to April 1973 Epperson was frequently engaged in combat operations off Vietnam, involving naval gunfire support work, plus search and rescue duties and service screening the aircraft carriers and cruisers that were constantly on station in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Shortly after the end of her 1972-1973 Far Eastern cruise, Epperson 's home port was changed to Seattle, Washington, where she served as a Naval Reserve Training ship until decommissioned at the beginning of December 1975. Epperson was sold to Pakistan in April 1977 and renamed Taimur . Following two decades of service as a unit of Pakistan's Navy, the nearly fifty-year old destroyer was stricken in 1998.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views we have related to USS Epperson (DDE-719, later DD-719).

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photographed when first completed, probably during her delivery voyage from Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 18 March 1949.
Her Weapon "Able" anti-submarine rocket launcher has not yet been installed.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Delivery photograph, taken by the Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine, 18 March 1949.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Undergoes an inclining experiment at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, 8 July 1957.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway at sea, 23 March 1958.
Photographed by Pierce.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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At Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in May 1958.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway in the Pearl Harbor Channel, Oahu, Hawaii, 22 January 1962.
Photographed by PHCS Robert A. Carlisle.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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USS Epperson (DDE-719) , in the foreground
and
USS Sarsfield (DD-837)

Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950.
Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern, whose depth bombs have just impacted the water.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

USS Epperson (DDE-719) , in the foreground
and
USS Sarsfield (DD-837)

Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950.
Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern, and is over-running the impact area. Note that she carries only one twin 5"/38 gun mount forward.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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USS Epperson (DDE-719) , center
and
USS Sarsfield (DD-837) , at right

Dropping depth charges during anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950.
Sarsfield has also fired her "K-Gun" depth charge projectors, making vertical smoke trails (aft of the ship) and impact splashes to port and starboard.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

Jacket patch of the ship's insignia, as used prior to 1962.

Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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In addition to the images presented above, the National Archives appears to hold other pre-1964 views of USS Epperson (DDE-719, later DD-719). The following list features some of these images:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".

Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.


Navy Ships Agent Orange Exposure List (crew may have been exposed) To view the full document click on the Link above

Week of August 09, 2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension Service has issued two lists of naval vessels it has verified conducted operations on the inland "brown water" rivers and delta areas of Vietnam. The lists also identify certain vessel types that operated primarily on the inland waterways. 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 (e.g., Agent Orange) can be presumed. The lists include all vessels of Inshore Fire Support Division 93 all vessels with the designation LST, LCVP, PCF ("Swift Boats"), and PBR during their entire Vietnam tour all Coast Guard WPBs and WHECs during their Vietnam tours. Several other vessels and time frames of operations are included in these lists. See January 2010 ship listing * (PDF) and June 2010 Updated Ship List ** (DOC). If you served on any of these mentioned ships and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as the source for your reapplication. National Association of Uniformed Serveices has been told the VA is already working on a third list that will have more ships listed. If you have a claim and evidence the ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a dock there, make sure you include that with your claim.
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Compensation & Pension Service
Bulletin

I have taken the pertinent information from the Bulletin and placed a condensed version in the Table below .
Read the Table: Left column then Right Column then Down
Left column then Right Column then Down and so on.

o Fiduciary Teleconference
o VA Form 21-7288(a), Daily Record of
Veterans Assistance Interviews
o Congressional Correspondence
o Homeless Veterans
____________________________________________________

Policy (211)
Information on Vietnam Naval Operations
Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service has
initiated a program to collect data on Vietnam
naval operations for the purpose of providing
regional offices with information to assist with
development in Haas related disability claims
based on herbicide exposure from Navy
Veterans. To date, we have received verification
from various sources showing that a number of
offshore “blue water” naval vessels conducted
operations on the inland “brown water” rivers
and delta areas of Vietnam. We have also
identified certain vessel types that operated
primarily or exclusively on the inland
waterways. 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
USS Carronade (IFS 1)
USS Clarion River (LSMR 409) [Landing Ship,Medium, Rocket]

USS Ingersoll (DD-652) [Destroyer] [Operated
on Saigon River, October 24-25, 1965]

USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] [Operated
on Saigon River August 8-19, 1967 and
December 21-24, 1968]

USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer]
[Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang,
June 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a
bridge]

USS Basilone (DD-824) [Destroyer] [Operated
on Saigon River, May 24-25, 1966]

USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] [Operated
on Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao Rivers,
August 15-September 1, 1966]

USS Black (DD-666) [Destroyer] [Operated on
Saigon River, July 13-19, 1966]

USS Providence (CLG-6) [Cruiser, Light,
Guided Missile] [Operated on Saigon River 3
days during January 1964]

USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate]
[Operated on Saigon River October 24-28, 1964]

USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack Transport]
[Operated on Saigon River July 22-23, 29-30,
1968 and August 5-6, 1968]

USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores
Ship] [Unloaded supplies on Saigon River and
Cam Rahn Bay, April 22-25, 1968]

Procedures (212)
BDN Automated CRSC/CRDP Payments
Discontinued
A recent review revealed that the automated
Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay
(CRDP) payments that were still being made on
some BDN cases were resulting in
overpayments. Therefore, that process was
discontinued. Accordingly, all BDN
CRSC/CRDP payments will be made through
the Audit Error Worksheet (AEW) process. As
with all AEWs, Virtual VA (VVA) and TINQ
(Treasure Inquiry) should be checked for prior
payments before processing.

Fast Letter 10-03, Chapter 35 Benefits for
Dependents of Servicemembers

benefits) under Public Law 109-461. Section
301 of the law allows the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay DEA benefits to
dependents of severely disabled servicemembers
who are pending discharge from the military.
Eligible dependents may now receive DEA
benefits before servicemembers are discharged.
The new category of eligible persons includes
the spouses and children of active duty
servicemembers who at the time of VA’s
decision:
· are hospitalized or receiving outpatient
medical care, services, or treatment
· have a total disability permanent in nature,
incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in
the active military, naval, or air service and
· are likely to be discharged or released from
service for the disability.

Fast Letter 09-52, Verification of
Participation in “Special Operations”
Incidents

On December 9, 2009 C&P Service released
Fast Letter 09-52, Verification of Participation
in “Special Operations” Incidents. This fast
letter provides instructions for verifying a
Veteran’s involvement in Special Operations
Forces classified missions or obtaining related
classified documents.

Correcting Erroneous Diagnostic Codes for
Undiagnosed Illness

Members of a Gulf War Veterans Information
Systems (GWVIS) Work Group have identified
many records, potentially involving qualifying
chronic disabilities associated with service in
Southwest Asia, with erroneous diagnostic
codes. These errors can negatively impact the
quality of the GWVIS reports which are
provided to stakeholders who monitor Gulf War
Veterans’ use of Compensation and Pension

The most common errors involve misplacement
of the diagnostic codes in the 8800 series and/or
misuse of the analogous codes XX99. While
RBA2000 prevents these errors from occurring
in current ratings, the errors still exist in ratings
completed prior to RBA2000. RVSRs should be
reminded that before signing a new rating
decision, they must verify the accuracy of the
entire codesheet, including previously entered
diagnostic codes (per M21-1MR III.iv.6.D.20).
RVSRs and Authorizers are asked to pay
particular attention to previous ratings involving
any Undiagnosed Illness or any medically
unexplained chronic multisymptom illness, to
ensure that all diagnostic codes have been input
correctly according to M21-1MR IV.ii.2.D.16.dg.
When errors are identified, action must be
taken to correct the hyphenated codes.

Training & Contract Exams (213)

Skill Certification Tests

The next VSR Skills Certification test will be
given on February 10, 2010. VSRs who have
completed the VSR training curriculum, are
meeting the local trainee performance standard,
and have one year time in grade as a GS-10 are
eligible to take this test.

The next Journey-Level Rating Veteran Service
Representative (RVSR) Certification test is
scheduled for February 24, 2010. To be eligible
to take the test, RVSRs must be at the GS 12
level or above, be meeting the local performance
standard, and have been an RVSR for at least 24
months.

Homeless Veterans
In an excerpt from Secretary’s Shinseki’s speech
given at the November 2009 Homeless Veteran
Summit in Washington, DC, the
Secretary stated, “Those who have served this
nation as Veterans should never find themselves
on the streets, living without care and without hope.”

There are 131,000 Veterans estimated tobe homeless on
any given night.
The Secretary is committed to ending homelessness
among Veterans within the next five years. We find
ourselves with an enormous challenge, and we
must do our part to help reach that goal.
As part of our efforts to end homelessness
among Veterans within five
years, Regional Offices increased the number of
homeless Veterans claims received and
processed during the first quarter in FY 2010.
The following data shows the number of
homeless Veterans claims received and
processed in FY 2010 against FY 2009.

. Homeless Veteran Claims
. FY 2009 1st Quarter .
Received . 1,281 . Processed . 1,292 . Received .. FY 2010 1st Quarter
Received . 2,187 . Processed . 1,756

In comparing the data from the first quarter of
FY 2010 to the first quarter of FY 2009, there
was a 70.7% increase in the number of homeless
Veterans claims received and a 26.4%
increase in the number of homeless Veterans
claims processed.
Although the above numbers show a very
positive trend, there is still a great deal of work
to be done. The goal to eliminate homelessness
among Veterans will only be accomplished
through targeted, meaningful outreach, expedited
claims processing, and a true commitment by
every VA employee.
As a reminder to the regional offices, please
ensure that all homeless Veterans claims are
marked with the “Homeless Flash” in
VETSNET

VA Adds Ships to Agent Orange Exposure List
This week the VA has added the below named ships to the already existing list for Navy and Coast Guard ships and vessels that are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. If you served on any of these mentioned ships and you have had a claim denied, you should reapply citing the VA list as the source for your reapplication. NAUS is told the VA is already working on a third list that will have more ships listed. If you have a claim and evidence the ship you served on was in Vietnamese waters and/or actually tied up to a dock there, make sure you include that with your claim.

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways

All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB [patrol boat] and
WHEC [high endurance cutters]

USS Mark (AKL-12) [light cargo ship] USS Brule (AKL-28)

USS Patapsco (AOG-1) [gasoline tanker] USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)
USS Genesee (AOG-8) USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9)
USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) USS Noxubee (AOG-56)

USS Okanogan
(APA-210) [attack transport] USS Montrose (APA-212)
USS Bexar (APA-237)

USS Benewah (APB-35) [self-propelled barracks ship] USS Colleton (APB-36)
USS Mercer (APB-39) USS Nueces (APB-40)

Barracks Barge (APL-26) [sleeping quarters] ) Barracks Barge (APL-30)

USS Tutuila (ARG-4) [repair ship] USS Satyr (ARL-23) [repair ship]
USS Sphinx (ARL-24) USS Askari (ARL-30) USS Indra (ARL-37)
USS Krishna (ARL-38)

USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) [landing ship dock] USS Comstock (LSD-19)
USS Tortuga (LSD-26)

USS Asheville (PG-84) [patrol gunboat] USS Gallop (PG-85)
USS Antelope (PG-86) USS Ready (PG-87) USS Crockett (PG-88)
USS Marathon (PG-89) USS Canon (PG-90)

Floating Base Platform (YRBM-17) [repair, berthing, and messing barge]
Floating Base Platform (YRBM-18) Floating Base Platform (YRBM-20)

Winnemucca (YTB-785) [harbor tug]


Vessels that operated temporarily on Vietnam's inland waterways or
docked to the shore:

USS Card (ACV-11) [escort carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon
River Harbor during May 1964
USS Maury (AGS-16) [mapping survey ship] conducted surveys of Mekong
Delta and other coastal areas and rivers beginning November 1965 through
1969
USS Henrico (APA-45) [amphibious attack transport] operated on Hue River
during March 1965 and conducted numerous troop landings through March
1967
USS Montrose (APA-212) operated on Song Hue River during December 1965,
operated on Long Tau River during March 1967, and operated on Cua Viet
River and at Dong Ha during May 1967
USS Talladega (APA-208) operated on Saigon River during October 1967

USS Bolster (ARS-38) [salvage ship] crew operated on land.
USS Canberra (CAG-2) [guided missile cruiser] operated on Saigon River
from March 31 through April 1, 1966, on Cua Viet River during December
15, 1966, and on Mekong Delta Ham Luong River during January 15, 1967
USS Sproston (DD-577) [destroyer] operated on Mekong Delta and Ganh Rai
Bay during January 1966
USS Picking (DD-685) operated on Saigon River during November 16, 1965
USS Epperson (DD-719) docked to Da Nang Pier on October 4, 1970
USS Southerland (DD-743) operated on Song Nga Bay and Saigon River
during July 1966
USS John W. Thomason (DD-760) operated on Nga Be River during 1969
USS Buck (DD-761) operated on Mekong River Delta and Saigon River during
October 1966
USS Preston (DD-795) operated on Mekong River Delta, Ganh Rai Bay, and
Saigon River during September 28 - 29 and December 27 - 29, 1965
USS Warrington (DD-843) operated on Mekong River Delta Rung Sat Special
Zone, North of Vung Gahn Rai Bay during March 1967
USS Dyess (DD-880) operated on Saigon River and Rung Sat Special Zone
from June 19-July 1, 1966
USS Perkins (DD-877) operated on Saigon River during June 1969
USS Orleck (DD-886) operated on Mekong River Delta during July 1969
USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) [guided missile destroyer] operated on
Mekong River Delta and Ganh Rai Bay during November 7 and December 7,
1968
USS Waddell (DDG-24) operated on Cua Viet River during March 1967
USS Newell (DER-322) [radar destroyer escort] docked at port of Nha
Trang during December 22-24, 1965
USS Duluth (LPD-6) [amphibious transport dock] docked to pier at Da Nang
during March and October 1971
USS Cleveland (LPD-7) operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha, as well
as Hue River, from November 1967 through 1968 and Saigon River during
September 1969
USS Dubuque (LPD-8) docked at Da Nang on March 15, 1970
USS Boxer (LPH-4) [amphibious assault ship] docked to pier at Cam Rahn Bay on September 9, 1965
USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) [landing ship dock] operated on Cua Viet River and at Dong Ha during December 1967


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James H 'Mickey' Epperson
Years Served: 1971 USNR Cruise, Seattle Washinton
When I first stepped aboard this Reserve Tin Can in March 1971 the Quarter Deck Piped and announced, Epperson Arriving. Little did I know they were not talking about me but about the Captian who was coming aboard with our orders for the cruise. I had a wonderful two weeks serving aboard the namesake of my third cousin who died saving his fellow Marines from a live granade in WW ll. The USS Epperson served long and proud. My Naval career was enhanced by my pride in this ship effectionatly called Eppy just as I was called from Boot Camp all the way to OCS. Anchors Away My Boys.

Anthony Bailey
Years Served: 1964,65,transfered in 66
Remember the days of the galloping gray goast of the vietnese coast,had a very good ceuise on the EPPY :D

Allan York
Years Served: 1961 1963
Shipmates just to let you know I am still alive and kicking. Drop me email if you have time.
Thanks
Al York RM USS Epperson DD719

Dennis Ror Hale
Years Served: 1970
Onboard from June to November 1970. I was an MM1 at the time in charge of the after engine room. Living in Kentucky at the present time.

James Collins
Years Served: 1962-1965
Love to hear from old shipmates

Leonard Arends
Years Served: 1968
I joined the crew of the Eppy off the coast of Vietnam in early 1968, as a member of AS division. I was a STG 3rd class. I left the Eppy in October 1968 to be discharged from the Navy. Love to hear from old shipmates. I've got film of our ship firing while in the Bay down south. The film has been digitized. I now live in southern California.

Roger W. Usborne
Years Served: 1964-1966
I was CIC Officer, then Navigator under CDR Bob Dodd and CAPT
Clausen.

Rick Sorrell
Years Served: '69-'70
When I came aboard the Epperson there were zeros buzzing pearl harbor. No, I'm not that old. They were filming Tora, Tora, Tora.

Made 2 westpacs. It wasn't all bad. Never did make it down under.

Hansen RM2
Years Served: 4
I served on the Eppy from July of 1970 until Feb. of 1972. Radio Shack supervisor for 2 Westpacs. Played on our awesome basketball team that lost by one point to the huge Enterprise.
Also provided singing entertainment when we were still overseas on Christmas of 1971 alongwith several shipmates. We were lonely but cheerful! She was a roach-laden, bobing like a cork in rough seas, smelled of stack smoke, sand erved mystery meat too often.
When on the gunline, my aft quarters smelled like the gunpowder of the 5 inchers firing for hour after hour and sending the used casings bouncing around the deck near my rack!
All that being said, I have only fond memeories of little Eppy! Maybe its a senior moment, but I'm proud too have served on her and bitched about her. Thanks Eppy! RM2 Ken Hansen (aka crazy Hans)

Richard F. Smith
Years Served: 1958 - 1961
Hello Everyone I have wondered where some of you guys are now and what you are doing. I sent an e-mail to Phillip Marr a couple of months ago. I still remember some of the exciting times such as the typhoon (I still don't know how many days) out of Japan. Tokyo Bay never looked so good. Everyone but Dirks got sick on that escapade. There were a couple of incidents that were probably classified. I was a Sonarman and knew what I had, but I didn't know who it was or where they came from. I visited Chief John Tucker when I got off the ship. He was at a base near Fresno. I went to active Reserve when I got off the ship, a year later went to a year of active duty at a Reserve Center and then stayed in Active Reserve another four years. I retired from Southern Bell in 1995. I stay active in volunteer work in our Church and in our Baptist Assoc., and do a garden in the summer. Keeps me going.

Alfonso Peña
Years Served: Two aboard
Served on the Eppy two years as a Radarman from April 1961 thru Oct 1963. Joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and retired in 1985 with combined military service of twenty years. Currently living in Stafford, Virginia.

Don Tortorice STGN3
Years Served: 1967 to 1969
I was aboard the Epperson during our crossing of the equator ( have a few films showing the pollywog/shellback ceremony) My nickname was 'Sticky STGN3. When I first came aboard Senior Master Chief Wallin was the third Division's Senior non-com and a LTJG West was the third Division Offficer. Have quite a few photos.My buddie Vince Volk and his sidekick Randy were in most of these photos.

Mark Layman
Years Served: 2
Hi all, served 2 years on the Eppy. Recall some good times. Especially prior to the decom. The last that I heard of her she was sold to some small island / country. Wonder if she is still floating? Take care.

Charles Kruger
Years Served: 1970-1971
Was heloed aboard off of Vietnam from the USS Kitty Hawk to relieve 1st Class IC Man who was past his discharge date. I got out of sling and he got in, so much for IC Gang turn-over. After West-Pac finished ended up going back to submarines in Pearl. Charlie Kruger IC1(SS)

Richard Roatch
Years Served: 1958/1962
Ahoy Matey, I served aboard the Eppy in 58/59 I was in charge of the ships machine shop, made a lot of highly polished ash trays from brass cases for the officers. I remember very well the typooe that Richard SmithSmithy referred to (That was our brush with death) and I am still sea sick from that experience. I transfered from the Eppy to the USS Dixie because I could never find my sea legs, Some years ago Keith Barringer the fellow that did tha cartoon art work in the year book came by my house in Denver other than that I haven't talked to any one from the ship. Love to hear from shipmates

John Neiel Canady
Years Served: 1960-1962
I Would Like To Hear From Someone Who Remembers Me. I Played A Guitar.

Ron Froman
Years Served: 1974-75
The best from Yeoman Froman. I served on the Eppy up to decommissioning day. Transferred over to the USS McKean. Anybody who wants to connect, go to the Navy site of togetherweserved I retired in 1986.

Mike Scarano SM2
Years Served: 1966-1969
2 Westpacs, 2 tours VN one up north

Richard Smith, SOG2
Years Served: 1958 - 1961
I wondered if anyone else remembered that typhoon we went through. Just to update, I now live in Reidsville, N.C. In reference to Mark's wondering what ever happened to the Eppy Maru, I went to a website (I would have to search again to remember the whole site), it has to do with U.S.Navy Ships, then you key in the name and number of the ship. It will give you a complete history. I found the site a couple of months ago. The Eppy was sold to Pakistan and then later used as target practice and sunk. What a way to go. We had one of the best sonar teams around. I don't remember which sub it was, but we fired (with no warhead) weapon A at the sub we were doing exercises with, they had to come in port with their periscope up as we made a direct hit and bent it. How embarrassing for them! They got even later and fired a torpedo (set to run on the surface rather than under the ship) and hit the fantail and sprayed red paint everywhere. I am sure it was classified, but I still would like to know who the contact was that D.H. Smith and I reported at 2:00 AM one morning. We had given the rest of the guys a break and taken the midwatch. I just know they turned us around and sent us back to Japan. I talked to D.H. several years ago. He was somewhere near Port Huron, Michigan at the time.

Brian Ingoldsby
Years Served: Feb '68 - Dec '69
Hi all, I served aboard the Epperson, first on the deck force for a few months, then was transfered to Radio. There was an opening in the radio room early in my 719 assignment, and because I was an amateur radio operator, I got the job. I loved the assignment, and enjoyed the tour greatly. I very ready to leave the service at the end of the last Nam tour in the latter half of 1969, but it was a great experience. I don't remember many names of shipmates, but Vince Volk and a fellow named Loven come to mind, as well as the 1st class boatswains mate, Tucker, the other 1st class Boatswains mate - black, and whose name won't come to mind at the moment. Chief Melton and Captain Wallace, are others. I haven't thought on any of these things for many, many years. Brian SN3

Vince Volk
Years Served: Jan. 68 to Dec 69
I served aboard Epperson as a deck-ape and a gunnersmate. My time aboard was very eventful and I have wondeful memories of the friends that I made and the bonds that still tie us together. My time in the Navy was short but it truly made a man of me and I treasure it dearly. If any of you shipmates read this I encourage you to come to the next Epperson reunion in Nofolk, Virginia in 2011. It is and will be a wonderful expierience for you! Looking forward to seeing you there! Vince Volk GMG3

David Blanchard
Years Served: October 1972 to November 1974
The Epperson was my first ship after graduating from boot camp and MR A School. Ship deployed shortly after I reported on board. Did my first WestPac and as a 19 year old was in total awe of what I was going through. I stood watch in the enginerooms as a throttleman. Great bunch of guys! Will never forget the liberty calls in Subic! It was a cherry poppin memory. It was the beginning of a 23 year career that included 8 ships and three shore tours. I loved every minute of it. Wish I could do it all over again!

Gary L. Starks EN2
Years Served: 1966-1967
Came from San Diego TAD out of D.A.S.H. school to Epperson DD-719 as part of Dash Crew. Was nice working with aviation people for a change. I was the one who fueled the Huey`s off of the fan-tail along the coast of Nam!! And found out after I left the ship a Huey landed on our deck! COOL!! :D

ICFN on board 69-71 arrived during the filming of Tora Tora Tora and thought war was starting all over again. Just a kid but grew up quick and learned a lot. Great travel experience and Viet Nam memories will be with me for life. Tough times, great friends, good memories.

I served on the Epperson 1953-55. Any one still around that served during that time. You can contact me at the above email. Elroy (Eric)


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