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Email received 11-26-00


Can you help?

For the purpose developing a compensation claim with the US Department of Veteran Affairs, I am looking for anyone who served on the Stoddard in 1968 during a shakedown cruise.  Specifically looking for (not sure on last name spelling, this is what they sound like): Engineering Officer named Brian Clairedge, a Lt Beasely, or a Hospital Corpsman named Miacobee (possible Native American decent) or anyone else who may remember a Damage Controlman (while wearing a type of protective suit) slipped going down a ladder during routine DC exercises and injured his back.  He was examined and treated by the Corpsman at the dispensary.

Any and all information appreciated.


Jim R Riesenberg
Veterans Service Officer
Courthouse 615 N 6th St.
Sheboygan, WI  53081-4692
Email: riesejrr@co.sheboygan.wi.us

Perhaps you can be of help ...

Joe Harpster received the following Email and has passed it along.
Do you have any information regarding Agent Orange and the Stoddard during 1968-1970?

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000
Subject: USS Stoddard

Greetings from the home of the world's best wurst !!

In early 1998 I contacted you regarding the USS Stoddard and some former crew members from the Vietnam War.  We were unsuccessful at that time, but have not given up.

What I am looking for is anyone who served aboard the Stoddard in 1968, 69, and 70 at the Navy Support Activity, Saigon to support the following:

  1. Members of the crew were exposed to Agent Orange when they routinely went into the field with back packs and sprayed AO around the perimeters of facilities in Ben Loc and GoDau Hoc.
    • 1A. These men were armed, and did periodically engage the enemy during their spraying operations.  Are you aware of any Combat Action Ribbon being issued to Stoddard crew under those circumstances?
  2. Crew members were exposed to AO while handling the barrels of chemicals in confined areas such as ships holds and warehouses.  Are you aware of any crew members who may be receiving AO compensation from the VA?

Appreciate what ever information you can provide.


Jim R Riesenberg
Veterans Service Officer
Courthouse 615 N 6th St
Sheboygan WI 53081-4692
(920) 459-3054

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