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Lately, I been thinking a lot about old shipmates, and our time served aboard the Askari in the delta.It's so hard to believe that it has been almost 5o years ago, and that we were just kids at that time. It's hard to believe that I spent almost three years aboard her (67-69). I will always remember those years with fondness, and the great friendships formed during some very trying times. I have been blessed with overall good health, and I am saddened to hear of the passing of many of our shipmates, and of those that are suffering from all kinds of ailments especially of those related to Agent Orange.
The only shipmate that I have been able to see since that time is Charles W. Mehltretter MM2 from "A GANG " and I just wanted to publicly thank him for all his help in guiding me thru the maze of VA paperwork to get compensation for Agent Orange ailments, which fortunately for me are not too severe. God Bless all of you,and your familys.


Added: August 6, 2017
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happy 4th to all members :D

Added: July 3, 2017
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I was a Chicago USO Volunteer 1967-1972.We hosted a lot of activities for the servicemen from Great Lakes, (as well as the Army & Air Force bases that were in Illinois but have since closed.)
I'm trying to organize a reunion of sorts with some of the past volunteers & Great Lakes groups who were regulars @ the USO, One of them being a past Askari ARL 30 Radarman by the name of James L. Smith, I think originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. If anyone has any leads, please let me know at the above mentioned e-mail address. Thanks for listening & for your Service to OUR COUNTRY! Love, Peace & Good Health & Happiness to ALL !


Added: July 3, 2017
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I've been doing some family genealogy on my wife's side and I just found a military record for her grandfather showing that she served on this ship, I believe 1945 and 46.
His name was Claudie W. Bradberry.

I was wondering if you might have any records about him.
Thanks, Doug Moulton.


Added: May 31, 2017
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would like info from crew 1970- 1971 till decommissioning in Guam. severe skin rash. Burning and weeping blood through the skin. If any others are going through this.

Added: May 15, 2017
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I was onboard the USS Askari from September 1966 thru October 1967. I was with the repair department and worked on the riverboats in Nam. Hard to believe this October will be 50 years since Vietnam. I was 18 yrs young at that time. At times it still seems like yesterday. I remember talking with a young man the night before his boat went out on patrol the next day, he didn't want to go. He and two of his crew died that day. That memory still comes back to me. Vietnam will forever be remembered in my mind. Bless all of you who served.

Added: May 12, 2017
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My Dad served aboard the USS Agenor during WWII and I am interested in any information regarding the service of this ship during the war. His name was Harvey D. Hamilton.

Many thanks, Cathy Copeland


Added: March 17, 2017
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when is the reniuon and still looking for herman benefield

Added: March 17, 2017
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I was on ship in 6/52 till 2/56 as Boatsand Mate 3rd class

Added: March 17, 2017
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I am not a crewmember or have been in the military my father Delmar L Hayse was however he served from 1952 until 56 I think aboard the USS Askari. He is not very computer savvy I'm his youngest son and I've been trying to reach out for him to his crewmembers. Robert E. Causey in fact is one he would like to hear from thanks

Added: March 8, 2017
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