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A river in West Virginia.

(AO-52: dp. 7,470; 1. 553'; b. 75'; dr. 32'4"; s. 18 k.;
epl. 302; a. 1 5", 4 3"; cl. Cimarron)

Cacapon (AO-52) was launched 12 June 1943 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard, Inc., Sparrows Point, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. A. V. Doherty; acquired by the Navy 21 September 1943; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander G. Kyth in command.

On 22 October 1943 Cacapon sailed from Norfolk to load fuel at Aruba in the West Indies en route to Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 12 November. On 30 November she rendezvoused with the 6th Fleet to deliver fuel at sea to the ships carrying out the Gilbert Islands operation. After a west coast overhaul, she returned to Pearl Harbor, from which she sailed 3 February 1945 to carry her vital logistic support to TF 60, then engaged in the Marshall Islands operation. She carried fuel on which all modern naval warfare depends to units of the 3d Fleet from March into May, as the mighty task forces sent their strikes against Rabaul, Kavieng, Green, Emirau, and the Admiralties. During a part of this period, she served temporarily with the 7th Fleet's service support group for the New Guinea operation.

Cacapon served as station tanker successively at Efate and Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides; Port Purvis, Solomon Islands, and Manus, Admiralty Islands, until 8 January, when she cleared Manus for Ulithi. Here she reported to the 3d Fleet, and between 12 and 27 January her operations supported TF 38 during its series of strikes against Luzon and Formosa supporting the Philippine attacks and consolidation. Cacapon lengthened the list of operations to which she had given vital support as she steamed with the 5th Fleet during the Iwo Jima operation, from 15 to 26 February, and the Okinawa operation from 24 March to 30 June. Between these, she served briefly as station tanker in San Pedro Bay, P.I.

Cacapon brought her essential aid to the 3d Fleet in its final devastating air attacks and bombardments on the Japanese home islands in July 1945, and on 20 September entered Tokyo Bay. Ten days later she cleared for San Pedro, Calif., arriving for overhaul 11 October. She returned to the Far East in December, providing. support to occupation forces with a shuttle service between Yokohama and Shanghai and Tsingtao, China. In April 1946 she sailed to Bahrein in the Persian Gulf to load oil for delivery to Kwajalein Atoll, where her cargo was to be used during Operation "Crossroads". However, on the first day at sea, 24 April, she ran on Shah Allum Shoal in the Persian Gulf. While the current pulled her clear, her engine and fire rooms began to flood and all power was lost. Aided by SS Fort Erie SS Fort Stanwick, and Chikaskia (AO-64), Cacapon put back to Bahrein for temporary repairs, and proceeded to San Pedro, Calif., for permanent repairs.

On 2 December 1946, Caballo cleared San Pedro Calif., for 10 weeks in the Antarctic in Operation "High jump". She called at Sydney, Australia, en route Long Beach, Calif.. returning home 8 April 1947. Between 1947 and 1950 she cruised in the Pacific on two extended Far Eastern tours.

Far Eastern operations continued to be the rule for Cacapon when war broke out in Korea in June 1910; she completed four lengthy tours of duty there during the three years of fighting. Sailing with the 7th Fleet and the Formosa Patrol Force, she carried fuel and supplies to these sea forces. On her first tour, during which she helped to support the amphibious landing at Inchon on 15 September 1950, she earned the Navy Unit Commendation for her high performance of duty.

From the end of hostilities in Korea through 1960, Cacapon made six more Far Eastern tours, continuing to sail with the 7th Fleet and the Taiwan Patrol Force.

During her 1966 tour she took part in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands from 6 to 14 February, and the Vietnam evacuation "Passage to Freedom" operation of 6 to 15 March. From February to August of 1958, she, joined in Operation "Hardtack" at Bikini. The intervals between deployments have found her operating locally from Long Beach.

Cacapon received four battle stars for World War II service, and the Navy Unit Commendation and nine battle stars for Korean war service.

USS Cacapon (AO-52) - Vietnam War Operations

During her 1955 tour she took part in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands from 6 to 14 February, and the Vietnam evacuation "Operation Passage to Freedom" of 6 to 15 March. From February to August 1958, she joined in Operation Hardtack I at Bikini Atoll. The intervals between deployments have found her operating locally from Long Beach, California.

The Cacapon was the site of the 1968 strangulation of Ensign Andrew Muns. He was murdered after uncovering a theft of $8,600 from the ship's safe by Michael LeBrun. The Navy initially branded Ensign Muns the thief and accused him of deserting with the stolen cash. At the insistence of the Muns' family, the case was reopened by NCIS in 1998 and a subsequent cold case investigation led to Michael LeBrun. After a lengthy interrogation, LeBrun confessed to the murder and to disposing of the body by throwing Ensign Muns into one of the oiler's massive fuel tanks. The body was never recovered. After thirty years marked as a dishonorable deserter, Ensign Muns was given an honorable ceremonial burial in Arlington Cemetery.

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USS Cacapon AO-52 (1943-1960)

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The regiment was first activated 16 June 1917, at Chickamauga, Georgia. The unit first saw combat in Meuse-Argonne, in Northern France, and in Alsace, France, during World War I.

After the 52nd Infantry Regiment's activation in 1917, the regiment was assigned to the Sixth Infantry Division. The Sixth Division was organized in November 1917 as a square division consisting of the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, and the 54th Infantry Regiments, the 16th, 17th and 18th Machine-Gun Battalions and the 3rd, 11th and 78th Field Artillery Regiments. The units of the division gathered in New York and left for France in July 1918. After marching and training all over western France, the Sixth was assigned on 31 August to the Vosges sector. There, a chain of lofty wooded peaks had stalemated both the French and German armies. Their mission was the defense of a 21-mile front. The division engaged in active patrols in no man's land and behind the German lines. In addition infantry platoon strongpoints defended against German raiding parties which launched their attacks using liquid fire and grenades.

The division developed its reputation for hiking and nickname of "The Sightseeing Sixth" when, prior to the Argonne offensive, it engaged in extensive fake marches, often under enemy artillery and air bombardment, to deceive the Germans into thinking a major attack was to take place in the Vosges sector. After another short period of training, consisting primarily of forced marches, the division hiked itself into the closing campaign of the war, the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In corps reserve, the 6th was used in place of an unavailable cavalry division to try to maintain contact with the rapidly retreating Germans. During its three months at the front, the 6th Division lost 227 men killed in action or died of wounds. It maintained an active defense in one important sector and played a major role in the tactical plan in another.

After the armistice, the six-point Red Star was adopted as the division insignia on 19 November 1918. This six-point Red Star became a part of the 52d Infantry's crest to mark the regiment's first combat with the 6th Division. The bulk of the division returned to the States in June 1919 aboard the USS Leviathan. The division continued its service at Camp Grant, Illinois and was deactivated on 30 September 1921. [2]

After a period of inactivation, C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment was redesignated and activated as C Company, 52d Armored Infantry on 15 July 1942 as an element of the 9th Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. They would deploy with the 9th Armored Division to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany after a two-month train up in England. The company served in Europe with the 9th Division from 31 July 1944 to 6 May 1945, including a weeklong attachment to the 8th Infantry Division from 23 October 1944 to 30 October 1944. [3]

The 9th Division was one of several real US Army divisions that participated in Operation Fortitude, the deception operation mounted by the US-British to deceive the Germans about the real landing site for Operation Neptune, the amphibious invasion of Northern France. The 9th was assigned to a camp on the British coastline opposite of the German defenses in Pas-de-Calais, ostensibly as part of the "First US Army Group" (FUSAG) under General Patton. While its members undertook training for the real invasion of the Normandy coast, the divisional headquarters was used to convey phony radio messages with the fake FUSAG HQ to make the Germans believe that an invasion of Pas-de-Calais by a massive army was the real intent of the Allies. The ruse was so successful that the German high command was completely fooled, and concentrated their reserves away from the Normandy coast. In honor of their participation in this deception, the 9th was officially nicknamed the "Phantom Division." [ citation needed ] The 9th Armored Division landed in Normandy late in September 1944, and first went into line, 23 October, on patrol duty in a quiet sector along the Luxembourg-German frontier. When the Germans launched their winter offensive, the 9th, with no real combat experience, suddenly found itself engaged in heavy fighting. The division saw its severest action at St. Vith, Echternach, and Bastogne, its units fighting in widely separated areas.

Its stand at Bastogne held off the Germans long enough to enable the 101st Airborne to dig in for a defense of the city. After a rest period in January 1945, the division made preparations for a drive across the Rur river. The offensive was launched, 28 February, and the 9th smashed across the Rur to Rheinbach, sending patrols into Remagen. The Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen was found intact, and was seized by elements of the 9th Armored minutes before demolition charges were set to explode on 7 March 1945. The division exploited the bridgehead, moving south and east across the river Lahn toward Limburg an der Lahn, where thousands of Allied prisoners were liberated. The 52d Armored Infantry Battalion held back an advancing Nazi armor and infantry force while the 101st Airborne set up defenses in Bastogne, resulting in successful retention of the city. Soldiers of C Company, 52d Armored Infantry Battalion rescued four American tanks caught in a Nazi complex attack. [4]

Following operations at the Remagen bridgehead, the division drove on to Frankfurt and then turned to assist in the closing of the Ruhr Pocket. In April it continued east, encircled Leipzig and secured a line along the Mulde river. The division was shifting south to Czechoslovakia when the war in Europe ended. [5]

During the Vietnam War, the 52nd Infantry participated in multiple counter offenses, earning one Presidential Unit Citation and three Meritorious Unit Commendations for operations in Saigon and other areas of Vietnam. [6]

1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry
Arrived in Vietnam in October 1967 on board the USS Gordon Troop Carrier at DaNang.
February 1968 Chu Lai Chu Lai 198th Light Infantry Brigade Light Infantry Role
November 1968 Tam Ky Tam Ky
December 1968 Chu Lai Chu Lai
February 1969 Chu Lai Chu Lai 23rd Infantry Division (United States) Light Infantry Role
December 1969 Dong Le
April 1970 Long Phu
August 1970 Trung Canh
September 1970 My Son
November 1970 Tri Binh
December 1970 Chu Lai
August 1971 The Loi 11th Infantry Brigade Light Infantry Role
Battalion DEROS at end of October 1971
Company C, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Arrived in Vietnam on 1 December 1966
Saigon Saigon 716th Military Police Battalion Unit had Rifle Security role supporting the Military Police
Company C, 52nd Infantry Regiment
DEROS 15 August 1972
Company D, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Arrived in Vietnam on 26 November 1966
26 November 1966 Long Binh Long Binh 95th Military Police Battalion Unit had rifle security role supporting the military police
Company D, 52nd Infantry Regiment
DEROS 22 November 1969
Company D, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Returned to Vietnam on 30 June 1971
26 November 1966 Qui Nhon Qui Nhon US Army Support Command, Qui Nhon Unit staffed the Security Facilities of Qui Nhon Depot the Port of Qui Nhon, and the Qui Nhon Army Airfield.
Company D, 52nd Infantry Regiment
DEROS 26 November 1972
Company E, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Activated in Vietnam on 20 December 1967
20 December 1967 An Khe Roving 1st Cavalry Division Unit operated as a separate long range reconnaissance patrol company.
Company E, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Inactivated in Vietnam on 1 February 1969
Company F, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Activated in Vietnam on 20 December 1967
20 December 1967 Various Various 1st Infantry Division. Unit operated as a separate long range reconnaissance patrol company.
Company F, 52nd Infantry Regiment
Inactivated in Vietnam on 1 February 1969

C Company, 52nd Infantry in Vietnam Edit

C Company, 52nd Infantry served in Vietnam from 1 December 1966 to 15 August 1972. In 1971, the company had an authorized strength of 137 infantrymen. Three years earlier in 1968, C Company, 52nd Infantry had an authorized strength of 151 infantrymen. The company was a rifle security company assigned to bolster the infantry capabilities of the 716th Military Police Battalion (89th Military Police Group, 18th Military Police Brigade), which was responsible for providing security to the US facilities in the Saigon area. The status of forces agreement between the US and the South Vietnamese government prohibited stationing US combat forces in Saigon. As a result, the only forces within Saigon, C Company, 52nd Infantry, with the 716th Military Police Battalion, the 527th Military Police Company, and the 90th Military Police Detachment, were equipped only with hand-held light arms.

They were on alert and expected isolated terrorists attacks. However, they would soon face the Tet offensive, an all out communist attack throughout the whole of Vietnam. The North Vietnamese violated the Tet holiday cease-fire in order to gain surprise against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. Although U.S. intelligence anticipated the cease-fire would be violated, no one expected an all out attack within the city of Saigon. Instead, they would face some 4000 Viet Cong guerillas, many of whom had infiltrated Saigon during holiday festivities and were nearly indistinguishable from the local populace. In the early morning hours of 31 January 1968, these forces attacked facilities throughout Saigon almost simultaneously. C Company, 52d Infantry, along with the 716th MP and attached forces, would find themselves defending the US Embassy, Saigon [7] against not only superior numbers but superior armament as well.

The security policemen on the perimeter could hear muffled gunfire as the VC shot up some of the bachelor officers' quarters and bachelor enlisted quarters along Plantation Road, which ran south through Cholon from the main gate of Tan Son Nhut. Five troops were killed, including a young enlisted man passing through on a Honda motorcycle on his way to his duty station. An MP jeep patrol was pinned down upon responding to the attack. The reaction team that arrived to reinforce the situation was headed by Staff Sergeant Jimmy Bedgood of C Company, 52d Infantry, a security-guard company made up of combat infantry veterans that was attached to the 716th Military Police Battalion. The reaction team provided the cover fire that allowed the jeep patrol to get out of harm's way. In the process, an RPG slammed into the reaction team's jeep, wounding several GIs and killing Bedgood. [8] An article in a Military Police publication described the actions of SSG Herman Holness that day:

As both military police and marine reaction forces responded to the embassy, a stalemate ensued. Military police surrounded the compound and exchanged fire with the guerillas on the grounds, but could not enter the compound due to the volume of fire and uncertainty as to the enemy's disposition. The Viet Cong could not enter the embassy building and could not exit the compound. Additionally, an infantry reaction force that attempted to land by helicopter on the roof of the embassy was repulsed by enemy fire. At dawn, the order was given to retake the compound. Military police rammed the embassy's main gate and stormed the compound led by PFC Paul Healy of B Company, 716th Military Police Battalion. When the embassy was resecured, 19 dead Viet Cong were found and one was captured.

Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, none of the facilities in the charge of C-52d Infantry and the 716th MP Battalion were captured during the VC assault. The company's performance during Tet was recognized by the Presidential Unit Citation, but the award came at a high price. Along with 27 soldiers of the 716th MP, nine C-52d soldiers gave their lives during the first day's fighting in Saigon: [9]

  • 2LT Stephen L. Braddock, Abilene, TX
  • SSG Rafael A. Ruiz-del Pilar, Quebradillas, PR
  • SSG Jimmy Bedgood, Milledgeville, GA
  • SGT Robert B. Stafford, Kingsport, TN
  • SP4 Frank E. Faught, Coweta, OK
  • SP4 Troy E. Hirni, Warrensburg, MO (Bronze Star "V")
  • CPL Randall K. Schutt, Sioux Center, IA
  • CPL James E. Walsh, Dayton, OH
  • PFC Lester G. Yarbrough, Kingsland, GA

For their actions in Saigon and in defense of the U.S. Embassy, four soldiers of C-52d IN received the military's third highest award, the Silver Star: SFC James R. Lobato, SSG Herman Holness, SPC Bruce McCartney, and SPC Vincent R. Giovanelli. A 20-year-old native of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, SPC Giovanelli also was awarded "the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star Medal for heroism." The "presentation [of his Silver Star] was made 12 April [1968] near Saigon by Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, [then] deputy commanding general, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam."

The 2nd Battalion, 52nd Infantry was deployed to help suppress the April 1968 Chicago riots. [10] : 309

In 1988, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry became a part of the Opposition Force 177th Armored Brigade at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, as the 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry reflagged into 1-52 Infantry. It carried out this role for six years. On 26 October 1994, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry was inactivated, and 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment was reactivated in its place by reflagging the unit as part of the movement of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment to Fort Irwin to become the Opposition Force at the National Training Center.

Cacapon AO-52 - History

USS Cacapon , a 7470-ton Cimarron class oiler, was built under a Maritime Commission contract at Sparrows Point, Maryland. Acquired by the Navy and commissioned in September 1943, she carried fuel from the West Indies to Hawaii on her maiden voyage, then continued further into the Pacific to refuel ships participating in the Gilbert Islands operation. For the rest of the Second World War, Cacapon continued to support operations against Japan, carrying vital oil cargo to replenish ships of the 3rd, 5th and 7th fleets.

During the last months of 1945, Cacapon assisted with post-war occupation efforts in the Far East, and in 1946 was assigned to transport oil from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific. However, an accidental grounding cut short that job and sent her back to the U.S. for repairs. In 1947, the oiler participated in the Operation "Highjump" Antarctic operation. She continued her Pacific Fleet employment for the rest of the decade and made four deployments to Asian waters during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Cacapon 's Pacific Fleet career lasted for two decades after the Korean Armistice. During this time, she freqently voyaged to the western Pacific to support the U.S. Seventh Fleet, including further combat operations during the Vietnam War from 1965 into the early 1970s. After almost thirty years' in commission, USS Cacapon was decommissioned in August 1973. She was simultaneously stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and transferred to the Maritime Administration to be sold for scrapping.

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Underway in ballast, circa the later 1940s

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Underway at sea, 14 January 1964.
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Rides high in the water while transferring her remaining fuel oil to USS Sacramento (AOE-1), off the coast of South Vietnam, 1 August 1966.

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At sea on 12 January 1972.
Note the red "E" with a single hashmark on her smokestack.

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Replenishing USS Hancock (CVA-19) from three refueling stations, circa 1972.
Note red "E" with one hashmark painted on Cacapon 's smokestack.

List of Navy Ships VA Presumptive for Agent Orange Exposure

The VA just recently added some U.S. Navy ships to the list where presumptive exposure to Agent Orange is recognized during the Vietnam War.

If you have already submitted a claim for disability due to the exposure while serving on board any of these ships, then the date of any approved disability will be retroactive to the date of that claim.

If you have not submitted a claim because your ship is not listed, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so as if in the future your ship is added, this will be the date of any retroactive assistance.

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Col Richardson has suffered with severe neuropathy for over 45 years. A 27 year military veteran and veteran of the Vietnam War, he was diagnosed with a progressive chronic peripheral neuropathy resulting in severe disability. This diagnosis has been confirmed as due to exposure to Agent Orange. It was not until 2010, 42 years after his exposure to Agent Orange, that his diagnosis was recognized by Veterans Affairs as service connected.

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The USS Radford dd446 is on that list does that mean its okd for agent orange rating?

Larry: YES. IF you are applying for Peripheral Neuropathy due to Agent Orange exposure, please send me an E mail at [email protected] for some important guidance. Gene

I cant find the list for ships qualifying for agent orange is the uss hassayampa ao145 on that list?

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS says:

Alvin: Let me look and get back to you.

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS says:

Alvin: No the USS Hassayampa AO 145 is not on the current list. In order for the VA to check on a particular ship not on the list, the veteran must submit a disability claim for AO exposure/illness and list the ship. Only then can the VA look into the ship whether it was in port at any time or in brown water like the delta… etc…. Can you give me some specifics as to when the ship was in Vietnam Waters…. in a port… or in Brown water or a blue waster ship never docked in Vietnam. This way I might be able to advise you. You can do this here or send me an e mail directly to [email protected] and we will send information quicker in that manner. Also tell me if a potential claim is for Peripheral Neuropathy or some other AO related condition. God bless for your service.

Was the USS Saratoga considered in Vietnam water?

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS says:

I could not find the USS Saratoga on the list of ships published by the VA. See the list at However ships are added from time to time and if it was in port or in the inland waters that it should be on the list. However, unless you have a claim for an AO related illness approved if you served on the ship that is the only way it will be added to the list. If it was a BLUE water Navy ship, there is legislation before Congress to deal with this issue for many Navy veterans who served off the cost of Vietnam during the war.

“But like the King himself, Elvis Presley, sang,”…”Like a river flows, surely to the sea ….’
So did Agent Orange…Hellooooooo.

All ships at sea off the coast of Vietnam were exposed.
We drank the water.
Is it that difficult to figure that out.

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS says:

No. Not difficult unless you are the chemical companies trying to avoid responsibility or doctors who have no clue or their Universities are getting funds from the chemical companies or the government trying to avoid responsibility…. all apply as far as I am concerned… fought the VA for 7 years and finally won with good information… I pray that the legislation before congress on this issue will pass soon.

As LATE as Oct. 2015 (yes, as late as 2015) , the DVA’s ships list did not acknowledge The USS Newport News CA-148 for operations in Song Huong “ESTUARY” as EARLY as February 1968. As LATE as December 10, 2013, the Buffalo DVA denied my claims for paid heath care and compensation. The Buffalo DVA claimed that of their INtraNET and other Government resources, The Buffalo DVA claimed it could not find my service in Vietnam exposed to agent orange. However, I found on the INterNEt:
The DVA’s January 2010 Compensation & Pension Bulletin Policy (211) provides the crew of ships that operated in “rivers” and “deltas” the presumption of exposure to herbicides… without further development: The history of the USS Newport News includes operations in the Vinh Binh Province in the Mekong ” DELTA” in December 1968. And, the June 2010 Compensation & Pension Bulletin Policy (211) ships list- Received by the Senate Committee on Vietnam Naval Affairs- lists the USS Newport News for operation(s): Cua Viet “RIVER” in April 1969. The June 2010 C&P Bulletin includes itself to be part of the Jan. 2010 C&P Bulletin (Ships1 / list), clearly indicates: The VA has No Reason to hold the claims of anyone that served aboard the above listed vessels during the indicated time frames. The VA training Letter 10-6 ships list includes also ships of the Mobile “RIVERINE” Forces the USS Newport News call sign was “THUNDER”.
The DVA’s October 2015 Ships List should have included: Song Huong Estuary February 1968 Mekong “DELTA” 1968 Mobile “RIVERINE” Forces and Cua Viet “RIVER” April 1969.
Congress’ Intent, Congressional Research Services / statutory Presumptions ( by law clerk Nichols October 2010) includes that the VA must consider Incubation Periods in compensation awards see Title 38 CFR 3.03 (d). The Nehmer Court Order – The Nehmer Training Guide (211A) 2010 / The Nehmer Training Guide February 2011 (yes, 2011) provides for awards to of claims without a formal claim ever being made For example, it was as LATE as the VA’s October 2015 Ships list that the VA acknowledged the USS Newport News operation(s) Song Huong “ESTUARY” in February 1968… a NEW service – connected presumption added.
… The anchorage area within Da Nang Harbor is within the “estuary” made up of the Han “RIVER” and the Cu De “RIVER” (s). The up-river land mass runoffs drain in to Da Nang Harbor in which the drainage focal point of both rivers is the anchorage area, ditches drainage from nearby Da Nang Airport the anchorage is surrounded by 3 shorelines drainage, well within Vietnam’s Territory well sheltered from the open sea.
Judges , in the past, has ruled in such a manner, the crew of some ships in the Da Nang Harbor inland waterway “ESTUARY” have already been receiving health care and compensation. Recent Judges seem to indicate The VA decisions are irrational, capricious, arbitrary, inconsistent, and without good reasoning. Hence, such meets the NEXUS requirements to of Congressional Research Services / Statutory … that the crew of all ships that were in the Da Nang Harbor inland waterway “ESTUARY” should have to be adjudicated / re-adjudicated to The Nehmer Court Order / The Nehmer Training Guide 2011 and, Congressional Research Services / Statutory Presumptions (Oct. 2010). Yes, I have the illnesses and secondary illnesses listed in The Nehmer Training Guide February 2011.
Of the above, I appealed to the Board of Veterans Appeal (board). The Judge ruled July 2015: remand to the Buffalo DVA to provide an “Instant Appeal” and ” Expeditious Treatment”. The cover letter was made by VA’s Manager / Analyst a survey within the time frame of 30-60 days, J.D. Power (and associates) were to call as to my experience with the Board of Veterans Appeal (board). However, J.D. Power( associates ) did not call until about the first week of Nov. 2015. So, I filed an Appeal with COURT for VETERANS ( for $50)that I have not recognized anything by the (Buffalo) DVA as being to of an “Instant Appeal” and “Expeditious Treatment”. And, Despite the above mentioned documents, The DVA is not suppose to be using The Tradition Process , The COURT for VETERANS Judge ruled” If and When a final board decision is issued on remand, any adverse findings in such a decision may be appealed to this Court.
Perhaps, file appeal with:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Compensation & Pension Service (211A)
Attn: Nehmer Working Group
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington DC 20420
In my opinion, both documents are a must read.

LtCol Eugene B Richardson, USA (Retired) BA, MDiv, EdM, MS says:

I will respond by E mail as I must look through your situation and determine how you might appeal. God bless for your service.

Geological Origins

Weathered outcrops and boulder-strewn mountainsides of the Cacapon River basin offer clues to a geologic history hundreds of millions of years old. About 250 million years ago, Appalachia underwent its last phase of mountain building. Peaks were thrust 4 to 6 miles above sea level and then slowly eroded into the rounded mountains we see today. Some of the oldest rocks in the Cacapon basin are more than 500 million years old. These rocks are sedimentary: they are made of tiny grains of rock that collected in water and were then compressed together. The presence of these sedimentary rocks—and the occasional trilobite fossil—tell us that an ocean once covered the basin.

Source: Cacapon Institute. 1993. Portrait of a River.

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Charles Adamowitch
Joseph Addorisio
Frank Addorisio
Michael Addorisio
Joel Adelman, USA, Korea
Zachary Adler
Dorothy Ahearn, Red Cross
John Ahearn, Army
1st Lt. Aino B. Ahonen
Harold B. Allen, Navy, WWII
G. Pliny Allen, KIA Aug. 1944, Staff Sergeant, US Army Air Corps
Edward Q. Allison Sr.
John P. Ambrose
Edward Anderson
Peter Antonez, USMC
Jerry Archambault
George Argitis
John G. Argitis
Sgt. Lloyd G. Arndt, USA
Armand Arpin
Ronald Arpin
SSGT Travis Atkins (2007)
Frederick A. Atkinson
Edmond D. Audette
Rene N. Audette
Jim Auriemma
Arnold S. Austin
Forrest Austin
Alfred Avery, USN, lost at sea 1942
Roland Bachand
Howard Baer
Eric S. Bailey
Richard Bailey, Air Force, WWII
Lee Baker
PFC William J. Bannon (󈨉)
Anthony Barca
Arthur Bard, USMC, Vietnam
Frederick A. Barney
Donald Bassett
Louis A. Battista
Luigi A. Battista
Lt. E. Roy Baum
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Ernest W. Beals
Royce E. Beatty Sr.
Clement Beauchemin IV
Donald Beaudry Sr.
Allen H. Beck
David Belforte
David Belinskas
Richard Bentley
William Bentley Sr.
Major Charles Bergevin
Maj. Lawrence Berlin, USAF
George Berry, USMC, Korea
William Berry, Navy, WWII
Robert E. Betz
Capt. Ernie Blanco
Everett Bolin
Joseph E. Bonardi
Jeffrey Boniface, Navy
Paul E. Bonnette, Army, WWII
Joan and Victoria Boquin
Fred Bott
George Bott
Pete Bott
Albert E. Boucher Jr., Navy
Albert E. Boucher Sr., Navy
Ernest Boucher, Army
James R. Boucher, Army
Scott A. Boucher, Ret. USAF
Israel Boudriault
Edgar J. Bousquet
Earl R. Bousquet
Joseph Bowman
Jeremiah Breen, USN
Karen Breen, USAF
Terrence Breen, USMC
Frank Michael Brennan
LTC Robert E. Brewer
Frederic C. Brigham
Richard J. Brisard Sr.
John S. Brittain
Robert Brochu, USAF, Korea
Robert V. Brodeur Sr.
David Brooks
Sten K. Brote, USN
Margaret Brown
Robert H. Brown
Robert P. Burns
Robert A. Burque, Navy
Sgt. Stephen Bushay
George L. Bushey
Phyllis Bushey
Robert L. Butterworth
Richard Cabana, USAF
Berned Cadieux
James N. Caldarola
Walter Campbell
Leonard B. Campbell
L. Robert Campbell
Raymond D. Carlson
George R. Case
John Case
TSgt. Christopher S. Casella
CPO John F. Casella
Thomas Catino
James A. Cavallari
Phil Cayford
Michael Celuzza
Vincent Celuzza
John Cernauskas, Korean War Veteran
Howard Chaet
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Andrew Chandler
MSG Buddy Chaplic
Charles W. Chaplin, USMC
Arthur E. Chappell
Henry Chappell
Henry W. Chase, Jr.
Michael E. Chesley
Myron E. Chesley, USCG
Joseph Chiappetta
Louis P. Chiappetta
Paul Chiappetta
David P. Chivis Jr., USAF
Paul T. Chorney
Adam Chubks
James Chute
Michael Chute
Edwin E. Cilley
William Cini
John F. Clancey II
Robert Clark, US Navy
Thomas A. Clark
Bruce Clarke, US Navy
PFC Emily Clarkson
Bob Clugston
Kristal Clugston
Milo Cocanour
Niles Cocanour
Paul Cocanour
Spencer Cocanour
Staff Sgt. Myron A. Cohen, WWII Veteran
John Colarusso
Claude Cole, Navy
Lt Meredith A. Colwell, DDS, US Navy Dental Corps
SSGT Raymond W. Colwell, USAAC
FF/EMT Ted Colwell, South Windham FD
Francis Comer, WWII
John E. Comer, WWII
Robert Comer, WWII
James Connolly
John F. Connors
Colonel Brian J. Converse
Marvin Cook, USAF, Desert Storm
Richard Cook
George H. Coombs
W4 David S. Cormey
G. Sherwood Cormey
A/1 Wayne F. Cormey
A/1 Wendeau T. Cormey, USCG
A/1 Wesley S. Cormey
Edward J. Cormier, Vietnam
Colonel Lester W. Cory
Conrad Costigan
Frederic W. Coulon
Richard A. Coulter, USMM
George Coulter, WWII
Rene W. Cournoyer
Mike Cowen
Patrick Cowen
Sarah Cowen
Peter J. Coyle
Howard Craig Jr.
Clayton D. Cromack
Timothy Cronin
John J. Crowley
David W. Crowther
Waldo Wummings Jr.
Nathaniel Curboy
Paul Czaplicki
Delfio DaDalt
Philip Dame
Philip Dame
Edward W. Darzenkiewicz
William D. Daubert
Joshua Davis
Zachary Davis
Shawn Davis-Smith
Bradford D. Davol
Robert J. De Sesa
Bill DeCorleto
Frank DeCorleto
Joe DeCorleto
Edward J. Delage
Edward P. Delage
James Delisle
Richard Delisle
Donato Dell’Olio
Robert Deluca
Dennis Demars
Roland Demars
Ronald J. Denault
Lionel Desrosier
Richard E. DesRosiers
Louis Dhembe
Fiore DiMarco, Army, WWII
Joseph DiVito, US Army
Francis A. Dobie
Vincent Dokoki
James A. Dolan Jr.
Parmelius Donais, WWI (KIA)
Donald Donovan
Dr. Stanley A. Doret, MD
Richard Doucette
Andrew F. Dowden Jr., WWII POW
Russell Dowling
Lt. Col. Robert H. Downey, US Army
Leonard Doyle
Normand A. Drapeau
Ben Drezner
Samuel Drezner, US Army, WWII
Katie Dube, Mass National Guard
Francis V. Duffy, LT. USN WWII / Korea
Henry R. Dunnack, US Army Artillery, Pacific Theater
Lieutenant James E. Durfer, USNR
Paul Dussault
SSWC John P. Dyer Jr., USNR
John P. Dyer Sr., US Navy
Frank Dzaugis
Chris Eddy
George Eddy
Lyle H. Edick
Daniel Eells, Paul McClellan’s Regt.
Clement Emery, US Army
LCDR George I. Engle
Gordon H. Ewen
Michael Ezzo, WWI
Francis J. Fangmann
Lyle Favreau
Michael Louis Fazen, US Army, Retired Colonel
Norman Fecteau
Richard J. Feeley
Bernard A. Finch
CW4 Douglas A. Finch
Robert Flagg
Francis B. Flanagan
LTC Lauralee Flannery, Army
Thomas Fleming
Ronald Follo
Samuel Forrest
Robert James Foster
John R. Foster
Cpl. Anthony J. Foyle
Lt. Col James J. Foyle, USMC (retired)
Edwin G. Frank Jr.
Edwin G. Frank Sr.
Ronald A. Freeman, US Army, WWII
M. Kenneth French
Jules R.C. Gadoury
Tim Gagne, Marines
Harold D. Gagnon Jr., Korean War
Harold D. Gagnon Sr., WWI
Henry ‘F’ Gainley, served 21 years in US Navy, died 12/19/17
SFC Charles Gardner
Donald W. Gardner
Capt. Brett M. Garland, USN
Chester Garland
Louis Garon, Navy, WWII
David Garrison
Donald (Bud) Gaulrapp
James V. Gazzini
Raoul A. Gendreau
Barbara Gianaris
Paul Gianaris, Army
Zachary Gianaris
Zachary G. Gianaris, Army
Normand J. Gibeault
John F. Gilpin Jr., US Marine Corp, Vietnam War Veteran
Water M. Gilroy
Jack Gineo
Joseph A. Giovnio
Dominic Girardi, Army
Krista Gloden, Specialist, Army
Daniel Goffred Jr.
Edward M. Golluscio
F. Peter Gonya, USN
Luis Gonzalez
Arthur Goode
Steve Gordon
Lt. Comd. William P. Gormbley Jr.
Charlies Gould, CA, Merchant Navy, WWII
Carl H. Graff
Edward Gravelin Sr.
Randall Gray, USAF
Douglas R. Green, WWII
Kevin Greenwich
Richard Greenwich
John F. Gregory, Lt. Colonel, Army Reserves
Ed Gregory
Robert Grover Sr., US Coast Guard
Edward L. Grover, US Marines
Julius E. Haderer, US Army
John Robert Hagberg
Robert Hahns
Gerald F. Hall
Lt Col Gerard Haraden
Donald A. Harding
Herbert Hardy
Edward A. Harmon, USN , WWII
Samuel B. Harris
Robert T. Harriss Sr.
Frank Harvard
Joseph Harvard
Graham D. Haskell, WWII
William M. Hassman
William Hastings, USN
Anthony Hatch, Paramedic
Lt. Paul B. Hatch, US Navy
Max Hauenstein
Bruce D. Hay
Thomas Healy, USAF
Fred Heath
Richard Heath
Hyman Hecht
Private 1st Class Earl B. Hedel
Major Sean Heenan, US Army
Sgt. John Heffernan, US Army
Bruce Hefner
James E. Hemsley
David James Hennig
Anthony Hernandez
Major Clayton T. Herriford
General Robert L. Herriford
Col. (Ret.) David A. Hicks
PFC Jamee Hicks
Cmdr. Charles J. Hinckley
Jack Hinckley
Theodore Hinckley
Fred Hobson, USN
John K. Hodson Sr.
Lowell Hoffman, US Army WWII
Cpl. Mark Hogan, USMC
Spc Derek Holland
Herbert Hollenbeck, Navy
Col. Otho E. Holmes, 82nd Airborne, WWII
George E. Hommick, USMC
Donald Seth Hopkins
Nel Horr
Kenneth Horton
William Horvath
Richard H. Howard
Bruce Howell
Harold G. Hardisty
Earl Huebner, Army
SGT Thomas Huffman, Army, WWII
Hughes Family
Hull Brothers
Walter Hull (1928-2020), US Navy, WWII
Katy Humphrey
Lawrence S. Huneck
Edward Hunt, US Marines
Carl R. Hurtig, WWII
Edward L. Hurtig, WWII
Benjamin Hutchins
Richard Hutchins
Jack Hyatt
Todd James
Daniel T. Jamroz, Vietnam
Toga H. Janson
RAdm. Dwight Johnson
Glenn Johnson, Navy
Mary Johnson
Emmett A. Jones III
Norman Jones
Captain Benjamin R. Jordan
John E. Joyce, WWII
Matthew Kading
Norman C. Kalber
Steven Kearns
Don Keefe
Adm. Robert J. Keegan, USN
Robert L. Keesling Sr.
Angela Kehayias
James Kehayias
Wayne Kelley
Joseph Kellner
James M. Kennan, Navy
Eileen Kennedy
CPT Richard Kent
Lt. Col. Edward S. King, USAF Ret.
Lt. Col. John Kingston Jr.
Robert J. Kirk
Augustine Kish, Navy
Benjamin F. Klaessig
John Kluge, US Army
Henry Kmet
J. Michael Knisley, USAF
George T. Knoll
Thomas Knott
Steve Koleshis
Paul Kosciow
Peter N. Kotsifas
Mitchell Kozyra, USN, WWII
Robert Krantz, Coast Guard
Charles J. Kraus
Rodger P. Kroll
Charles Kruckas
Anthony J. Kubica
Frank Kunashevsky
Rev. Fr. Steven Labaire
Richard H. LaBelle
SN Roderick Labrecque, USN
Richard LaCaire, Veteran
Ronald Lacaire, Veteran
M. Rita Lacoste
Deb LaForge
Louis A. LaGreca
Craig Laliberte
Charles B. Lally
Sarah Landry, RN
Edward Langevin
Bob and Mary Langhill
Peter R. Lanier
Norman A. Lantaigne
Norman A. Lantaigne
Bernard Lapan
Anthony LaQuerre
Victor Largesse
Stephen LaRiviere, Army, WWII
Ben Larson
Robert Anthony Latif
Albert F. Lauter, US Army
William H. LaVergne
Leo P. Lavoie Jr.
John M. Leahy
Normand E. Ledoux
Eva L. Lee
C. Bernard Legacy
Walter Lehanka
Edmund Leighton
Bernard Lempicki
Stephen T. Lepper, CDR, USN, Ret.
John Lesko
Charles Letendre, Veteran
Norman Letendre, Veteran
Nicholas R. Levasseur, CPL, USMC
Clifford “Cookie” Leveille
Clifford Leveille Sr.
Michael Lewenza
George Lewis
Q.E.D. Lewis
Francis J. Leyden
MSG Margaret Lidwell, Army
Thomas F. Lilley Sr., USA
Andrea Lillo
David T. Linder, Marines, wounded
PFC Paul Lisee, WWII
LT William F. Little III
Newberry Locklear, US Army
John J. Logus, USMC
Angelo W. Lombardi, Army
George E. Long Sr., Korean Veteran
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dary Lopez
John (Jack) Lord
Mack Lord, USAF
Cosimo Luchino
Richard A. Lundgren
David B. Lyman
Sgt. Justin Lyman
Corp. Roy Lyon
H. Ralph Maack, Army, WWII
Sgt. First Class Carl H. MacDermott (1928-2018), 4 years Navy, WWII and 4 years Army, Korean War
Douglas Mace
Fred Madel, Korean War
Steven Madelle
Carmine Magnoli
Edward Magnoli
Joseph Majercik
Paul Majercik
Ed Makowski
MSG Bernie Malone
Robert L. Mancini, USMC
E. Mario Mancini, US Navy, WWII
Corporal Robert L. Mancini, US Marines
Benjamin Mandeville
David Mandeville
Kelly Mandeville
Frank A. Manegio Jr.
Frank A. Manegio Sr.
Joseph S. Mangione, PFC Army, WWII
Leon C. Mankowsky
Arthur V. Manseau Jr.
Georges Mantzios
Joseph Marks
Dr. Francis B. Markunas
Maud Lyter Markunas
Robert A. Marshall, USA, WWII
Edward W. Marshall, former trustee
Francis V. Marshall, former overseer
USAF Vietnam Veteran, Captain C. James Martel
Francis E. Martin
Greg Martin
Joseph Martin, WWI
John M. Masiello
Jacob Maskal
Harry J. Maslak
Jerry Massaro
Henry S. Mathieson
Alexa Mathon
Robert M. Matson, Army
Arthur Maxwell
James P. McCabe
Andrew J. McCarthy, Veteran, USMC
Jack McCormick, Veteran
William F. McCoy
Mike McCue
Edward J. McElligott
David M. McGuill, US Army
Roger G. McGuire
Gerald McKee
Sgt. Lawrence McLear, USMC
Joseph E. McMullen Jr.
Sargeant Daniel David McVeigh, April 13, 1974 – October 2, 1996
Carroll E. Medler, USN
Charles Melroy
Raymond G Mercer Jr.
Raymond G. Mercer
SFC Shawn Mercier
John Metowski
Pat Metowski
Mary E. Metterville
William C. Metterville
Basil Michaeles
Daniel Michener, Specialist, Army Signal Corps
Milton Michener, Captain, Army Corp of Engineers
Major Aaron Weidner Miller
Alexander L. Miller Jr.
Major Jessica P. Miller
Major Nathan Weidner Miller
Richard L. Miller, Veteran of Korean War
Walter S. Miller
Angelo Molley
Peter Molley
Tony Molley
Molta Family
Sandra Molteni
Thomas Molteni
John F. Monahan
Robert A. Mongue
Delmar A. Moorhouse
Thomas J. Morelli
Ben Morgan
Jake Morgan, US Army
John Morgan
Paul B. Morgan
Peter S. Morgan
Samuel Morocco
Ralph W. Morton, USN
Jerry Moyer
Frederick J. Mueller, US Navy, WWI
Clyde D. Mueller, US Army, WWII
William L. Muir
Richard T. Mulcahy Sr.
Alfred L. Mullen
Alfred L. Mullen Jr.
Daniel J. Mullen
Murray Family
Charles A. Murray
Stephen Neifert
John Neihouse, US Navy, WWII
Shirley Forrest Neihouse, Staff Sargeant, US Air Force
Martin P. Neslusan
Cary Nichols, USAF
Mike Nichols, USAF
Alexander J. Noga
Constance A. Noonan
Constance A. Noonan, US Army, WWII
SSG Dawn Noonan
Edward J. Noonan
Thomas A. Noonan, US Army, WWII
Timothy F. Noonan
LTC William Noonan
Paul Noone Sr., Veteran
Arthur Nordell, USAAF WWII
Bill Normington
Charles Norris
CPOL Noah Norton
Ted V. Novakowski, WWII
St/Sgt Frank M. Novick
Parker B. Nutting, WWII
John (Jack) O’Coin
Joseph P. O’Coin
Warren Odgren
Edward J. O’Keefe
Frederick Okula
James H. Olihan
Louis Orosz
Martin F. “Pinky” O’Toole
Michael G. Ott
Michael J. Hutchins Ott
T. Gordon Ott
Theodore Ottaviano
Vito Ottaviano
Brian Ouellette
Mary Elizabeth Owen
Henry Palmerino
Peter E. Pappas
Lee Pappas
Peter Pappas
Kenneth E. Parsons, 1st Lieutenant, Army
1st LT. Tyler E. Parten
Michael L. Partlow I
Mero W. “Sky” Patulak
Richard Paulik
Vincent Pavia
Wallace G. Payne
James Pedone, US Navy
Lawrence Pelletier
Charles Peloquin
Gurlie Perron
Emanuel “Laddie” Perry
Edward E. Peterson
Herbert S. Philbrick Jr.
Sgt. Thomas M. Phipps, WWII
Daniel A. Piccola, Active Coast Guard
Myrtle Piccola, WAVE, WWII
Philip Piccola Jr., Navy, Retired
Philip Piccola Sr., Merchant Marine, WWII
William Piccolo, Navy
Taylor A. Pimental
Lt Adrienne Plourde, NREMT Bristol FD
FF Brian P. Plourde, Bristol FD
John Pobieglo
Casey Poirier, EMT
Joseph Poirier, FF EMT
David Polissack
Dr. Anthony Polito
George Pomrening
Richard J. Pope
Claude C Pose Jr.
Claude C. Post Sr.
Lt. General Gerald J. Post
Harry Powell
Edward J. Powers
Norman F. Powers, US Navy, WWII
Maj. Robert A. Powers
Lt. Colonel Robert L. Powers
Ronald J. Powers
Susan L. Powers
Richard Predella Sr.
Peter E. Price
Staff Sgt. Ron Proulx
Edward S. Prutzer Sr.
Joe Quintillio
SSG John Ragucci, US Army
Florian Rajewicz
Harold W. Ramsey Sr.
Cpl Kelley Rayos-Teixeira, USMC
Daniel Ready
Lee Rebillard
Robert S. Reichenberg, US Navy
Albert J. Reid, 3rd Inf. Reg, The Old Guard
James Reineck
Armand Remillard
Donald Remillard Sr.
Max D. Remington (CPL-Korea)
Sgt Rey, USMC IED Detection K9
Msgt. Raymond C. Rheault, USAF Ret.
Roger C. Rheault, US Navy Vet
Wellington Richards
Alfred Richards
SGT Amy Richardson
Harold E. Richardson, Navy
CMD. SGT. Major Todd Richardson
Gilbert Riddle Sr., USMC
Ronald Rieseck
Walter Rieseck
John Riganti, Korean War
SFC David Rinaldo
CW4 Vincent Rinaldo, Vietnam
Mark L. Rivard
Delwyn Robator
George R. Roberts, US Navy, WWII
George R. Roberts, USN – USS Charger
Joshua Robertson
Alfred W. Robitaille Sr.
Rolf and Apollo, Veterans
William F. Rose
Lyman W. Rosebrooks
Sgt. Roger J. Roy
Richard J. Ruddy, 2nd Class P. Of.
Albert Rukstalis
Paul Ryan
John Rymasz III, USN
PFC Clifford G. Safrenek, US Army, WWII
Louis L. Sandrick
Charlie Sansing
Andrew R. Santimore
Shirley A. Santimore
Walter Santos
Maria Sarno
Mario Sarno
Col. Thomas Sarrouf
William F. Scannell, USN, WWII
Louis F. Schadlich
Louis M. Schadlich
Dorothy Scheinfeldt, RN, Navy, WWII
Frank Schilzewick
William R. Schlosser Jr.
Roger Schmidt
LCpl Mark Schmink, USMC
Ed Schroeder
Richard Schulze
William J. Schwab, US Air Force
John Bradford Schwarz
George Seabourne
Edward Shabot S/SGT, Army Air Corps
Edward T. Shannon
John J. Shannon, Jr., US Air Force
John J. Shannon Sr., US Army, WWII
David Warren Shaw
William H. Shaw
Maj Donald E. Shay Jr., USAF, POW/MIA Vietnam
Kyle P. Sheedy
Leslie E. Sheldon Jr.
William O. Shifflett, Navy, WWII, Career
Michael Singara, USN
Clarence R. Simarse
Walton D. Simmons
John E. Sirube
SGT Donald W. Sleath
Charles A. Smeaton
Edward Smigel
Captain Barbara E. Smith, ANC, WWII
US Army Specialist Jefferson Smith, Active Duty
US Navy Veteran John R. Smith Jr., WWII
Lindsey E. Smith Jr.
Paul Smith
Wilbur Smith
Richard Smola
Hal Snyder
A. Jay Somers
Andre Sommer
Michael F. Sosik Jr.
Edward A. Soukup, USMC
Ralph Sowden
Clement St. Hilaire
PVT Samuel St. John
Chester John Stanek
Stella Stanko
Hugo Stapel
Moe Stapleton, USAF
Thomas J. Stapleton, US Army, Vietnam
John P. Stark Jr.
John P. Stark III
David F. Steindl
David R. Stephens, Staff Sgt., US Marines
Lord Generl Sterling
Francis Stevens
David L. Stewart Jr.
David L. Stewart III
Philip G. Stone
Julia A. Stonehouse
Sophie A. Stonehouse
John Stones, USA, WWI
Sullivan Family
James E. Surette
Major Ian Swisher, PA National Guard
Lt Meredith Swisher, DDS US Navy Dental Corps
Staff Sargeant Bruce Tedford
Alfred P. Theodore
Raymond Therriault
G. Michael Thibodeau
Alan Thomas
John Thomas
Lloyd H. Thomas
Robert L. Thomas
Earl Thompson
Doris Thomson
William Thomson
Guido Tiberii, US Army, WWII
Captain Arthur Tieri, Staff Sargeant Honore Madore
Joseph Tocco
Norman Totter
Joseph Trapasso
Roland L. Tremblay
Randy Utley
Joseph Vairo, US Navy, WWII
Fred Valeriay
LTC Kate Van Auken, Army
1LT Conor Van Duzer
Alex Vanagel
Marshall Vinehout
Donald R. Vorce
William J. Wall Sr., USN
Calvin Wallace
Franklin Wallace
William J. Walto Jr.
William J. Walto Sr.
Charles Wanderer
Bruce Warner, Marine
Mervyn Wehe, Veteran of WWII
Robert H. Weiss
Timothy L. Wentworth
Joseph M. Whalen
Michael J. Whelan
Robert M. Whelan Sr., USMC
Captain Wynn V. Whidden
Mark C. Whited
Leonard E. Whitford Sr.
Richard Whitman
Wilbur P. Whitney, WWII Veteran
LCpl Alan R. Whitney, Marines
Sgt. Brian A. Whitney, Army
Lt. Dennis Wilkinson, USAF
Alan R. Williams
Charles T. Willock Jr., US Army Air Corp
TSgt. Kenneth I. Wilmarth, Army
Jimmie Winters, Tech Sargeant, US Air Force
Ellen D. Winters, US Navy, WWII
John Wolff 43-46
Jack Wood
Joseph Zabka
Charles H. Zopfi Jr.
Charles H. Zopfi Sr.


We are happy to offer a classic style 5 panel custom US Navy fleet oiler ship AO 52 USS Cacapon embroidered hat.

For an additional (and optional) charge of $7.00, our hats can be personalized with up to 2 lines of text of 14 characters each (including spaces), such as with a veteran’s last name and rate and rank on the first line, and years of service on the second line.

Our AO 52 USS Cacapon embroidered hat comes in two styles for your choosing. A traditional “high profile” flat bill snap back style (with an authentic green under visor on the bottom of the flat bill), or a modern “medium profile” curved bill velcro back “baseball cap” style. Both styles are “one size fits all”. Our hats are made of durable 100% cotton for breathability and comfort.

Given high embroidery demands on these “made to order” hats, please allow 4 weeks for shipment.

If you have any questions about our hat offerings, please contact us at 904-425-1204 or e-mail us at [email protected] , and we will be happy to speak to you!

An award-winning community

When MDG was nominated by the local Eastern Panhandle Home Builders’ Association for its development of Cacapon South this goal was within reach. Soon after, in 2000, the state-level Home Builders’ Association of West Virginia bestowed its “Best in West Virginia” award on Cacapon South. The category: “Residential Development of the Year.”

With this award, McCuan achieved his longtime aspiration: recognition for the community that MDG and Salen & Company, Inc. built together.

Watch the video: Prospect Overlook at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia aka Panorama Overlook (May 2022).