"In its campaign to interrupt North Viet Nam's flow of arms and men to the Communist troops in the South, the U.S. possesses a large arsenal of tactics and weaponry as yet unused against Hanoi. Last week the U.S. introduced three new forms of military pressure against the enemy's supply lines.
This was the response to the Communist use of the Tet holiday truce last month to funnel some 25,000 tons of war materiel southward. Each of the three new moves was carefully tailored for a specific and precise military mission.
Until last week the U.S. Seventh Fleet, patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin, was authorized to fire only on shore batteries that fired first on them or on radar stations tracking U.S. ships for targeting purposes. Other coastal targets—roads, trucks, trains, SAM missile sites—have been taken care of by the fleet's fighter-bombers, whose activity is drastically curtailed during the monsoon month of March. Last week Navy guns attacked those North Vietnamese targets as well.
The guided-missile destroyer
U.S.S. Joseph Strauss opened up with 5-in. guns that lob 54-lb. shells [Actually 70-pound high-explosive projectiles] from ten to 14 miles. Two minutes later, the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Canberra began firing its eight-inchers, whose 260-lb. shells carry 17 miles.
The decision to use naval shelling will likely turn March from the safest to the crudest month for the Communists. The fire-directional-control computers on U.S. warships make Navy guns the most accurate conventional weapons available."
“Fred” Ballard, 72, of Honolulu, a retired
Department of Veterans Affairs public affairs
officer and a Navy veteran, died in Community Living
Center in Honolulu. He was born in Glendale, Calif.
He is survived by wife Sandy, son John, daughter
Cindy, two grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. Visitation: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
at Aliamanu Military Reservation. Mass: 5:30 p.m.
Inurnment: 3 p.m. next Thursday at National Memorial
Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.
In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to St.
Francis Hospice or Friends of the Natatorium.
This space is reserved for shipmates and their spouses. Please email information to Ray Berilla at webmaster @ussjosephstrauss.org.
We all know of the power of prayer, each in our own way, during serious illnesses, loss of loved ones, and hard times.
So we ask each of the STRAUSS shipmates to include in a special prayer for the complete recovery either physically or emotionally of our shipmates and/or family members from their present suffering.
---Please submit binnacle/prayer requests to Ray Berilla, or
Parker. The names will remain on the list for one month unless cancelled or extended by request
Send your email messages of
support to our troops:
During past military U.S.
operations, service members
overseas have received messages of support from
back home via letters
addressed to "Any
Due to the increased security this program has been suspended and replaced with an email system.
These letters are important morale boosters to those who are stationed far from home and often risking their lives on a daily basis.
E-mailed messages can be sent 24 hours a day. Selected e-mails will be published in the military overseas newspaper, the "Stars and Stripes." Please take time to send some "e-support" to our service personnel and let them know how much their sacrifices are appreciated!
Click on the link below to send your message.
Welcome aboard the USS Joseph Strauss Website
The artwork above was done by
Russell Crosby, a friend of Strauss shipmate Steve
Mitchell, author of the book "Steve McQueen would be
Proud." Crosby served aboard the USS Davidson.
In Galveston, Texas Oct. 7-11
For the 2013 USS
Joseph Strauss Reunion!
ship's logs now available!
We are happy to report that the
USS Joseph Strauss Association now has in its possession a complete set of the deck logs from our tour of duty in Vietnam. The deck logs were acquired from the National Archives in Maryland. We were fortunate to have the assistance of a researcher who specializes in Navy history. We feel that the deck logs
could possibly prove a valuable resource for VA disability claims
if H.R. 2254 passes (see below). They are also undoubtedly a
fascinating bit of history and will surely be an important addition to
our Association's archives. In addition to the deck logs the researcher also was able to get copies of the ship's chronologies for each year. The chronologies, sometimes referred to as the ship's histories, are summaries of the ship's activities for each year written by whoever was captain at the time.
Because of the size of the files the ship's deck logs will not be offered as downloadable files. We will be providing them on CDs - one year per CD. Each CD will also include the ship's history for that year. The deck logs are divided by month on the disks for easy reference. We are asking for a small donation of $10.00 plus $2.95 S&H per CD to help defray the costs of research. The entire set of 7 CDs can be purchased for $65.00 plus $8.95 S&H.
The Amchitka Effect
Recently we became aware that the VA has a list of radiation-related illnesses that could have affected some sailors who served aboard the USS Joseph Strauss. The sailors affected would have been aboard the Strauss on 3 October 1969. That period was when we were near Amchitka Island for the underground nuclear tests. If you were aboard on that trip and have developed any of the medical conditions listed below then you qualify for presumptive service-connected disability compensation. Presumptive compensation basically means that if you were onboard during the Amchitka cruise and have one of the diseases on the list, the VA presumes that it was caused by radiation exposure and grants you a service-connected disability. So all you need to do to qualify is to provide medical proof of your condition and to prove you were onboard at the time, which you can do with a copy of the 1969 deck logs. A copy of VA regulations pertaining to the Amchitka claim will be including on every 1969 deck log CD. Amchitka references are highlighted in the October 1969 deck logs.
The list of radiation-related presumptive illnesses:
Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia). Cancer of the thyroid. Cancer of the breast. Cancer of the pharynx. Cancer of the esophagus. Cancer of the stomach. Cancer of the small intestine. Cancer of the pancreas. Multiple myeloma. Lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease). Cancer of the bile ducts. Cancer of the gall bladder. Primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated). Cancer of the salivary gland. Cancer of the urinary tract. Bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma. Cancer of the bone. Cancer of the brain. Cancer of the colon. Cancer of the lung. Cancer of the ovary.
Note: For the purposes of this section, the term
"urinary tract'' means the kidneys, renal pelves, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra.
Click on the button above for more information about
the Blue Water Navy and Agent Orange.
Please click on the link below to add your information to our roster of found shipmates.
Let others know you're on board by signing our message board.
To All Hands:
“We owe it to our veterans to fulfill the promises made to them as a result of their service. “If, as a result of service, a veteran was exposed to Agent Orange and it has resulted in failing health, this country has a moral obligation to care for each veteran the way we promised we would. And as a country at war, we must prove that we will be there for all of our veterans, no matter when they serve. The courts have turned their backs on our veterans, but I believe this Congress will not allow our veterans to be cheated of their earned benefits.”
- Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Representative. Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
A news release from Filner's office stated:
requires Vietnam veterans to prove “foot on
land” in order to qualify for the
presumptions of service-connection for
herbicide-exposure related illnesses
afforded under current law. This issue has
been the subject of much litigation and on
May 8, 2008, the Federal Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld VA’s overly narrow
interpretation. Congress clearly did not
intend to exclude these veterans from
compensation based on an arbitrary
geographic line drawn by the VA.
The Agent Orange Equity Act of 2008 is intended to clarify the law so that every service member awarded the Vietnam Service medal, or who otherwise deployed to land, sea or air, in the Republic of Vietnam is fully covered by the comprehensive Agent Orange laws Congress passed in 1991. If enacted, this bill will make it easier for VA to process Vietnam War veterans’ claims for service-connected conditions that scientists have conclusively linked to toxic exposures during the Vietnam War and that are identified in current law. With this legislation, Congress will leave no doubt that the “Blue Water Navy” and all combat veterans of Vietnam are intended to be covered and compensated; thus ensuring that these veterans will receive the disability benefits they earned and deserve for exposure to Agent Orange."
Support H.R. 2254
Senate Bill 1939
were there too.
We also have a sister site with Yahoo that includes an email discussion group and some additional files related to our ship. Membership is free and messages are posted on the site if you choose not to participate by email.
New Online Services
The USS Joseph Strauss Association is proud to introduce several new online services. You now have the option of registering for membership, updating the information in your registry listing, paying your annual dues or making a donation online. We have contracted with PayPal to provide us with state-of-the-art security for these transactions. You must set up an account with PayPal to use these new financial tools but there is no cost to you for these services.
When you choose to pay your annual dues by PayPal you will receive an
annualemailreminder when it's time to renew.
Renewing is simply a matter of visiting your secure online
PayPal account and authorizing the transaction.
PayPal also allows you to use your credit card with it's service if you like. For more information visit
www.Paypal.com or click on our link below.
There are links below to fill out a new member application, to update your registry information or to pay your dues online. We hope you enjoy the convenience of these new services. Feel free to contact the
if you have any questions or problems.
Thanks again for your support!
A 501(c) (3) Non Profit Organization
WE MAY AGAIN WALK THE DECKS OF A DDG IN JACKSONVILLE
The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 For and 0 Against and PASSED the resolution to accept the ACVA Project to bring the USS Charles F. Adams
DDG-2 to Jacksonville, Florida.
Much work still needs to be done. WE NEED TO RAISE MORE FUNDS QUICKLY.
PLEASE SEND WHAT YOU CAN ASAP.
Make checks out to "ACVA" Send them to Dave Myerly 5 Bush Road Denville, New Jersey 07834
Become an ACVA Member by going to our web site
http://adamsclassddgvets.org/ and click on "Join the ACVA"
and fill out and submit the application. If you also send a check for $25 or more at the same time
we will assign you the title of ACVA Plankowner with your own ACVA Plankowner Number!
ADAMS CLASS SHIPS
DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams - DDG-3 USS John King
DDG-4 USS Lawrence - DDG-5 USS Claude V. Rickets
DDG-6 USS Barney - DDG-7 USS Henry B. Wilson
DDG-8 USS Lynde McCormick - DDG-9 USS Towers
DDG-10 USS Sampson - DDG-11 USS Sellers
DDG-12 USS Robison - DDG-13 USS Hoel
DDG-14 USS Buchanan - DDG-15 USS Berkeley
DDG-16 USS Joseph Strauss - DDG-17 USS Conyngham
DDG-18 USS Semmes - DDG-19 USS Tattnall
DDG-20 USS Goldsborough - DDG-21 USS Cochrane
DDG-22 USS Benjamin Stoddert - DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd
you are looking for a great Adams Class DDG
model to build, click on the logo below and
visit the home of BaD ship Models:
Mullen, a USS Cochrane sailor and owner
of BaD ship Models,
will put together a custom Strauss kit for you.
And this is not a flimsy little dime store
model. The finished model measures 54 inches
long! This kit is exceptionally detailed and as
such it is recommended for the serious builder.
But Keith is more than willing to provide you
telephone assistance during the build
process. His price for the model and his
technical assistance does not even come close to
covering his costs. I ordered a kit and am
the process of assembly. I will provide a
report at the next reunion. Please note that the
6" Dragon Adams kit has been discontinued. Also
note that BaD = Bad Ass Destroyer.....and
BTW, his model is floatable and can also be outfitted
This BaD model was recently unveiled in the newly opened
Adams Class maritime museum in Jacksonville, FL. The
model was donated by Keith Mullen and will have
a permanent berth in our new museum.