There is in todays Virginian Pilot A article Burden Of proof Falls on sick Vets. Go online to Virginian Pilot. Please pass it on. How did he prove that he got melanoma in Nam? How many of us are left from the Nam cruise?
One shipmate has been diagnosed with multiple melanoma and awarded a 100% disability after a long and hard fight. He is urging all shipmates who were on the westpac cruise to get tested for agent orange. I am not aware of any cases of mesothelioma caused by asbestos.
I was wondering for those of you who made either WEASPAC cruise do you have health problems, also for those of you who served on the Belknap, do you have Mesothelioma?
An old shipmate of mine, we made Chief togather at Damn Neck, Roy Hamilton, "Hambone". He was stationed on the USS Belknap when the accident took place. Have not seen Ham for years, good man.
*** Ambrose, Bobby He is my dad, I'm looking for old shipmates of his. Not sure what years he was on her. I was born in San Juan in 61. Then Virginia. In 64-65 we went to Rota. In 68 we were in Norfolk. In 1970 he was transferred to Cleveland, Oh. We now live close to Nashville. If you remember him email me with Belnab for subject line. Thanks, Rita
Served in 93 untilled crossdeck to lasalle
I was an ms on board the the USS BELKNAP CG-26 FROM 1980-1981 I STARTED OUT IN THE CREWS MESS, THEN PROMOTED TO THE WARDROOM,THEN I WAS PROMOTED TO THE CAPTAINS MESS ,I REMEMBER ONCE WHEN CAPTAIN ROSS HATCH FOUND OUT IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY HE HAD A LITTLE CAKE FOR ME SO WE SAT AND TALKED FOR A WHILE AND HAD SOME CAKE. I HAVE FOR YEARS MISSED ALL MY SHIPMATES UNABLE TO FIND OR CONTACT ANY OF THEM. ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION WHEN WE HAD A COOKOUT ON THE FANTAIL ON OUR WAY TO CUBA FOR WAR GAMES.WILL CLOSE TAKE CARE AND SMOOTH SAILING.
I served on board the Belknap in the summer of 1984 during a GITMO CRUISE. Unfortunately I was injured and taken off the ship and never returned. I was assigned to the Naval Hospital at GITMO.
John DD214 says he was a hospital corpsman not a radioman.
In my search for someone who knew John Sampson, I received this back from Bob Gilhooly, John Sampson was a radioman on the Belknap. He did go on the westpac Vietnam cruise in 69-70. Go to the website and on the main page click on cruise books and select the 69-70 westpac cruise book. IF any of those radiomen on that page knows John Please contact me. Thanks, Ron Leininger
My name is Ron Leininger. I am a close friend of John David Sampson who passed away June 5th of this year from Pancreatic Cancer and other related complications. John was not tested for Agent Orange, but from all the research I have done, I am sure his sickness was due to exposure to Agent Orange. The USS Belknap is one of the ships on the list. The only date the VA will consider is December 1, 1969. I have talked to our V A Administration and they told me if I could find a shipmate who knew John, was on board with him on that date or was actually off the ship in port with him or was coming back from leave and was tested, treated or saw John do water tests on board ship and would write a letter stating the above information it would be a tremendous help in getting V A benefits for his wife Judy. I know you are having a reunion in Branson the end of October. If anyone can help, please contact me be email or cell. firstname.lastname@example.org 937-726-5756. Please help me help one of your own. Thanks again. Ron E. Leininger Pleiku Vietnam 1967-68
John Benitez Em1 89 - 92
Was EM1 from 1989 through 1992.
I lost a good friend to cancer. John Sampson served on the USS Belknap from 1969 to 1971. John David Sampson, 68, of Jackson Center lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Friday morning, June 5, 2015, at his home. He was born in Logan County on April 25, 1947, to the late David Sampson and Anne (Ganson) Sampson-Orr, who survives in Burkburnett, Texas. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, John served his country during the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science. He spent many years working in the medical field, both as a perfusionist and in sales. John was a member of the Jackson Center United Methodist Church and the Jackson Center American Legion – Scherer Post 493. John is survived by his wife Judy (Ludwig) Sampson, whom he married on July 5, 1968, in Jackson Center. He is also survived by children, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Sampson of Brighton, Michigan, Jennifer (Sean) McCall, of Brighton, Michigan, and Jodi (Monty) Csapo of Greenwood, Indiana; four grandchildren, Kayla, Madison, Mackenzie and Josilyn; and five siblings, Joyce Hardman, Steve Sampson, Gary Sampson, Nancy Howell and Patty Tharp. His ship was in port December 16,1969 and was subjected to Agent Orange. I lost a great friend and fellow veteran of Vietnam. John I will see you and all my other brothers on the other side of the wall. To all you others who served in Nam, Welcome Home and Thanks for your service. HONOR RESPECT REMEMBER. Vietnam Vet 1967 and 68.
Lawrence Smith is not one of our 1300 association members but one of them may know him and respond to your inquiry.
I'm looking for BT2 L Smith, (Lawrence Eugene Smith), who served on the Belknap. He's shown in the 67-68 cruisebook, if anybody knows how I might reach him, or his family, please contact me.
A dear friend of mine worked on the USS Belknap in the 80's and I am forever thankful for him being a part of my life. I lost touch with him but have never forgotten him and still hold the pictures he gave me of himself and the ship close too many heart. I will always be in aww of those who serve and served for our country.
To those who served on the USS Belknap, Thank-you for your service and the sacrifices made to protect our beautiful country.
I have a lot of pictures from being tied alongside the Belknap in Sicily November 1975
OS2 was on the recommissioning crew in 1980 until may of 1983, have a lot of great memories. A big hello to all I served with.