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If you were on board the USS COLLETT on August 19, 1965 during Naval Gunfire Support in the Mekong Delta you may be eligible for VA disability because of Agent Orange.  Click on the following link to see if you are eligible:

Agent Orange

 Lori Kauai, Don Nelsen's daughter identified the sailor on the left as Don "Swede" Nelsen and on the right is Tommy Woods.

Photo provided by Daryl Miller

Access to Deck Logs of 1961-1970 (via Lloyd Balch & Frank Olderr
Updated the timelines (from Frank Olderr in January 2020)
History  from Terry Nelson
*CDR Kearney letter of December 1966
*CDR Kearney letter of December 1967
*CDR Kearney letter of February 1968
*USS BLUE and USS COLLETT return - a newspaper clipping
*Two destroyers return from Vietnam - a newspaper clipping
Frank Olderr with American Flag on Memorial Day 2018 in Glenview, Illinois
USS COLLETT deck log for June 6 and 7, 1967  [large file-give it time to load](from James Brewer)

Video and audio provided by Allen Longhofer of the USS Zelima (AF-49) of an Underway Replenishment with the USS Collett (DD-730) and the USS Canberra (CAG-2) in 1967.  Excellent shot of the USS Collett at the end of the video breaking away from the USS Zelima.
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