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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

Left to right on the Bridge in 1967: Jerry Dunne, Joe Collins (with hand over his mouth), Andy Bradick (facing forward), Capt Kearney, Robert Perrin (Radioman behind Captain delivering message), Bill Wardell (XO), 3 unknown phone talkers. Also 2 unknown shipmates on the Signal Bridge.  Below the Bridge, notice the Operations E and the figure of a man parachuting and the 8 hashmarks.

Photo provided by Andy Bradick

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
Shipmates Page Updated (compiled by Frank Olderr)
Updated Timelines (from Frank Olderr)
Photos of Yokosuka base in April 2017 (from Steve Smith)
Photos from 1946-1947 by Daryl Miller (from granddaughter Michelle Miller)
Silver Star Award to James Dahlman Collett (from James Collett, Jr.)
1969 Christmas Greetings from USS COLLETT, USS CORAL SEA and USS HOEL (From Bob Engblade)

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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