Memories from World War II

The following memories are from our shipmate Earl Shaffer who generously shared them with Dennis Hager and Barry Pearson when they visited with Earl at his office in July. Earl was a member of the original crew which reported aboard when the LST 848 was launched in the Pittsburgh area in Dec. 1944. Earl also is sharing with us his photographs from that era which we will be adding in the near future. TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL INTERVIEW OF EARL SHAFFER,...

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Inland Water Service List

Dennis Hager: Dennis, The process of getting a ship onto the Inland Water Service list is a matter of providing the proper documentation. In the case of the JEROME COUNTY LST-848, this ship and all crew are already authorized for full presumption of exposure to herbicides for all time periods. You can find this under the listing of “Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam’s inland waterways”. Under that provision,...

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Operation Dominic

Dennis Hager: A few personnel claimed to have experienced some strange effects during Operation Dominic (1962). According to a PN (Personnelman) who reported aboard after the Operation some of the crew who were on-board at the time said they were on deck and told to put their arms over their eyes.  Doing that, they could see the blood flow and the bones in their arms. This is similar to the report of an individual who was on Johnston Island...

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VA & Diabetes

O.J. Joyce: I keep forgetting to pass this along. If you have diabetes you are eligible for a 20% disability and approximately $300 per month. Apply at your local Veterans office, not the VA. You should inform then that you come under the Brown Navy, not the Blue Navy. If anyone requires more info, I would be glad to help. OJ

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Documentation for Jerome County

Michael Giberson: If anyone is looking for documentation that the Jerome County was in-country and attached to NavSupGr Danang, this diary entry of Col. Richard P. Clark, Jr., who describes his visit aboard as a dinner guest of Captain Fischer in Saigon on 30 September 1965, should help… Diary Entry 71: Saigon, Thursday Night, 30 September 1965 Came home from work early tonight as our electricity was off all day at the office and we had no...

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