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May Issue Claims

Claims

 

7th Maintenance Battalion, Korat, Thailand, Camp Friendship, 1968-69—Seeking anyone who served with me to help substantiate a medical claim for Agent Orange and PTSD.—Frederick Fritz, (419) 617-7494, fritz2@gmail.com

327th Sig. Co, Detachment 14, Dongtam, March 26, 1969—Seeking Ernie Luna or anyone who remembers me sustaining neck and back injuries from ammo dump blowing up.—Willard W. Spence, Jr., (618) 656-9026, wwscds1948@hotmail.com

B Co., 164th Inf. Regt., Americal Div.—Seeking anyone who served with me during the Bougainville campaign who remembers me sustaining a back injury while building a training platform to substantiate claim.—William Wayne McDowell, (217) 234-4330

USS Ranger CVA-61, G Division, 1974-75—Seeking Darryl Mills, Jerry Schraden or anyone who remembers when I hit my head and right elbow, and was sent to Oakland Naval Hospital to substantiate claim.—Tom McCurdy, (610) 470-0347

1st Cav., 12th Regt., F Troop, Jan. 1943-Dec. 1945—Seeking anyone who can help substantiate medical claim for skin disease.—Jack S. McAllister, (618) 624-5415

6th Marine Div., South Pacific, 1942-42—Seeking Dr. Sitin, Dr. Glassman, Dr. Guevard and others who remember me to substantiate medical claim for back pain, asthma, emphysema and other issues.—Fred Patyk, (630) 627-2456, fredpatyk@att.net.

Charleston, S.C. and Boston, Mass., Sept. 1, 1960-June 4, 1962—Seeking anyone who remembers me to help substantiate medical claim for Asbestos, diabetes and back issues.—Jerry B. Hardin, (660) 868-1015

Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., & Korea, 1951-53—Seeking anyone who served with me to help substantiate medial claim.—Paul H. DuBois, (618) 893-2333

USS Dorchester APB-46, 1945—Seeking Cpt. Roberts, Jack Durham, or anyone else who remembers me breaking coccyx bone and bones in my forehead to substantiate medical claim.—Edward H Chinnis, Jr., (843) 830-3775

USS Menhaden SS-377, 1959-62, & USS Baya AG/SS-318, 1965-68—Seeking anyone who remembers tender removing radiation material from either of these ships after returning from the Navy Yard in San Francisco to substantiate kidney cancer claim due to radiation exposure.—LaVern MacLaird, (619) 469-1428

3195th Signal Service Co., 5th Army, Italy France, Germany, Dec. 10, 1945-Dec. 20, 1946—seeking anyone who served with me during this time to substantiate medical claim.—Eugene Chronister, (717) 764-3230, eic32427@peoplepc.com.

Land Base Missile Support Techs, Army/Air Force, Sept. 20, 1961-Sept. 19, 1969—Seeking anyone who worked in 421X3 AGE Aircraft Support Equipment who has a torn rotator cuff and received shoulder replacements to substantiate medical claim.—Albert Conaway, (360) 500-0094, alconaway@hotmail.com

USS Hopewell DD-681, Jan. 4, 1969—Seeking crew members to verify boots on the ground at An Thoi who remembers “beer blast” to substantiate medical claim.—Richard J. Ferry, (412) 833-6498, gunfighter237@verizon.net.

A Co., 1st Bn., 501st Inf., 101st Div., January 1972—Seeking anyone who noticed cyst on Doc Lawless’s neck to substantiate medical claim.—Charles L. Lawless, (620) 326-5645, cllawlessmict@hotmail.com

USS Maddox DD-731, 1967-69, Tonkin Bay—Seeking anyone who served with me to substantiate PTSD and cancer claims.—David Richard Martinez, (832) 894-9504.

L Co. 8th Comm. Bn., FMF Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 1974-Sept. 1978—seeking anyone who served with me to substantiate hearing loss, arthritis, cellulitus and water contamination claim.—Royce Wayne Morris, (806) 857-5419, rwmnclm2012@windstream.net

46th Ord. Det., 661st Infantry, Vietnam, June 1966-July 1967—seeking anyone who served with me to verify Agent Orange exposure to substantiate blindness claim.—Charles R. Eisen, (616) 288-3912, ike-2002277@yahoo.com

SS H.G. Blasdel Liberty Ship, Jan.-June 1944—Seeking anyone who can help substantiate hearing loss claim.—Wiliam F. Ward, (732) 882-4775

U.S. Navy Armed Guard, 1942-46—Seeking anyone who remembers me to substantiate knee replacement claim.—William P. Lebus, (847) 297-4635, onepocket1@hotmail.com

USS Austin LPD-4, 1965-69—Seeking Joseph P. Gonzalves (Speedy) from New Mexico, or anyone who served with me to substantiate claims for PTSD, Agent Orange and hearing loss.—Lonnie D. Johnston, (701) 318-0227

Army Hospital Ship Seminole, June 1943-August 1945—Seeking anyone who served with me to substantiate claim.—Virgil K. Juler, (707) 258-5598

6th Bn., 80th Arty, Korea DMZ, 1966-67—Seeking anyone who served in this area who has experienced service-connected medical problems to substantiate diabetes, osteo-arthritis, skin- and hearing-related claims.—Jaime Bazan, (206) 697-0175, basquebandit@gmail.com

USS Guadalcanal, 1981-85—Seeking anyone who served with me to verify exposure to JP-5 jet fuel to substantiate leukemia claim.—David D. Williams, (207) 357-6664, davidpost1641@live.com

USS Ingersoll, Sept. 6, 1968-Jan. 20, 1970—Seeking anyone who can confirm proximity to shore distance to substantiate diabetes and heart disease claim.—Robert E. Lafond, Jr., (501) 337-6421, robertslocks@me.com

6175th Air Base Group, Kunsan, Korea, K-8, August 1964-September 1965—Seeking Jerry Sparks or anyone who served with me during that time who can verify Agent Orange exposure due to storage of barrels in the motor pool compound to substantiate medical claim.—Robert Mayberry, (614) 493-7547, mayporfd@gmail.com

Phan Rang, South Vietnam, May 1970-71—Seeking anyone who witnessed helicopter crash and can verify injury to knee incurred while pulling co-pilot from helicopter, as well as anyone who can verify foot injury during helicopter mission on July 20, 1970, when I served as a door gunner.—Charles R. Rategan, Jr., (860) 379-1577, lgrategan@snet.net

Plt. 378, Paris Island, May 1967—Seeking anyone who served with me during this time to substantiate medical claim.—Martin A. Puchi, (724) 344-5583

USS Daring AM-87, South Pacific, Dec. 7, 1941-Oct. 18, 1945—Seeking anyone who served with me to substantiate congestive heart failure claim.—Forest Grant Scott, (541) 926-5336, scottmilne2004@comcast.net

USS Pitkin County LST-1082, Pacific, mid-1970-1971—Seeking Hack Dinger (QM2), LTJG. Gregor or anyone who served with me to verify incident in North Korean waters, ship was in harm’s way, due to navigational error to substantiate claim.—Gerald Graf, (541) 296-1436, infinitespirit@gorge.net

Korea DMZ from Ft. Sill, Okla., Nov. 11, 1976-Aug. 2, 1978—Seeking anyone who served with me to substantiate medical claim.—Gerald M. Richmond, (276) 245-3896

USS H.F Bauer DM-26, 1948-52—Seeking any crew members who remember me to substantiate medical claim for lung problems due to asbestos exposure.—Charles B. Sylvester, (843) 215-5491

Camp Friendship, Korat, Thailand, 1966-67—Anyone stationed there to substantiate Agent Orange exposure.—John P. Carey, (201) 988-4561, jocar436@aol.com

865th Eng. Aviation Bn., Feb. 2, 1943-Jan. 15, 1946—Seeking Frankie P. Brake or anyone who served with me to help substantiate medical claim for Parkinson’s and seizures.—Frank Lee Moore, (263) 798-1949

966th Field Maint. Co., Stuttgart, Germany claim, Jan. 18, 1951-Dec. 25, 1952—Seeking anyone who served with me during this time to substantiate medical claim.—Jack E. Chaban, (818) 884-1986

Headquarters & Main Support, 7th Maint. Bn., May 1968-69—Seeking Richard E. Mandon, Kevin J. Mohan, or anyone else who served with me to substantiate claim for PTSD and Agent Orange exposure, as well as a back injury.—Frederick J. Fritz, (419) 617-7494, fritzjr2@gmail.com

Ft. Polk, La., 3rd Inf. Div. and Ft. Knox, Ky., Armd. Div., 1974—Seeking anyone who served with me to verify use of Agent Orange to substantiate medical claim.—Paul George Cynowski, (254) 592-2812, eaglemoney55@yahoo.com

Camp Samae San Thailand—Transportation; Utapao AFB, August 1971-September 1972—Seeking anyone who served with me at this time to verify use of Agent Orange to substantiate medical claim.—David L. McCann,  (254) 968-3109, dlmccann@embarqmail.com

Camp Samae San Thailand, Deep Water Port, 1971-72—Seeking Ronald Spicer or anyone else who served with me to substantiate PTSD claim.—David L. McCann, (254) 968-3109, dlmccann@embarqmail.com

H & HIS 1st MAW, Tango Security, Da Nang, Vietnam, 1969-70—Seeking anyone in my unit or remembers a Marine who was accidentally shot and me riding in the ambulance to the hospital to substantiate a PTSD claim.—Larry Michael Gadberry, (870) 926-2763, gadberrymike@yahoo.com