USS Belle Grove Logbook
Name: Stephen L. Aldrete
From: Wichita Falls , Tx
Name: Jim Pelletier
From: Augusta, Maine
For your information your VA Card Should Read “Service Connected” for having served aboard the USS Belle Grove LSD-2...
This list includes three categories of ships:
• Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam’s inland waterways
• Ships operating temporarily on Vietnam’s inland waterways or docking to the shore
• Ships operating on Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods with evidence that crew members went ashore or that smaller vessels from the ship went ashore regularly with supplies or personnel
The BG is listed under the first category of ship: (Ships operating primarily or exclusively on Vietnam’s inland waterways)... thus, the presumption of herbicide exposure is AUTOMATIC or should be at any VA Medical Facility if you served aboard the BG during the Vietnam War...
If your VA ID Card does NOT show under your photo image on the VA ID Card “Service Connected” you should file a claim at your local VA Medical Center and have this added to you records ASAP!!!
If they give you a hard time about it this is when the “deck logs” which I spent many weeks putting together will come in handy in proving the BG’s service areas...
Your DD 214 alone should be enough proof of service in Vietnam and presumption of herbicide exposure as it should show Vietnam Service Medal & Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Device... which were only awarded to individuals whom served in the area...
I would actually like to know how many of you guys that have a VA ID Card actually have this designation showing under your photo image as “service connected”... It seems that some VA’s around the country are NOT doing so?
My VA here in Maine has thus far not allowed this designation to appear in my medical records... I filed yet another claim with my local VA just under two months ago now and have yet to hear anything from them?
Added: September 24, 2014
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From: Portland, Oregon
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Added: September 12, 2014
Name: Fred Reck
Wanted to drop a line and let you know that I have been in contact with Danny Shea a Signalman who served aboard the B.G.in the mid 60's. He has been living in Nevada for many years. He is going to try and make it to Portland for the reunion next August.
We had another great reunion this year in Annapolis, so much to see and do. Great to see everyone again and a special thank's to Russ and Sheila for the good time.
The next news letter should have all the information for the 2015 reunion. Congrat's to Vic Grillo senior who won the raffle for free lodging in Portland next year.
Added: September 3, 2014
Name: KIRK WRIGHT
My dad served on the USS Belle Grove in the 1950's His name was Wilbur Louis Wright. He passed away in March 2011. I was over seas in Afghanistan deployed with NMCB 26. I remember growing up and go to all the seas stories that my Dad ship mates use to tell. In 1987 I joined the Navy and served 6 years and got out. In 2003 I returned to the Navy as a BU in the Seabee's. I am now a Chief in the Navy. My youngest son is going to join the Navy next year. I miss going to the reunions and seeing all my dads shipmates. I grew up in front of a lot of them and lived the life they told me about. :!cool: :!cool:
Added: August 30, 2014
Name: Lester L. Maudlin
From: Norwalk, Iowa
Sad news today, our good friends in Nebraska, Darrel and Sharon Dexter. Darrel called us around dinner time, and Sharon had passes away from cancer, she was in the hospital for about a week. She has been very sick for several months.
Chambers, NE 68725
Services will be Saturday morning at United Methodist church, Chambers, NE Visitation will be Friday evening at Biglins Funeral Home, 111 North Third St, O'Neil, NE
Darrel served aboard the USS Belle Grove LSD 2 from 1958 to 1962, they attended the Navy reunion in Billings, MT.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Les and Janet
Added: August 27, 2014
Name: Lawrence (Larry) Whitten
Name: Lester Maudlin
From: Norwalk, Iowa
Name: Lowell Chadwick
We enjoyed the reunion very much.Russ and Shelia did a great job and we thank them for a good time.It was good to see old friends and make new ones too.We especially enjoyed seeing Jack& Sandy Strickler there.They hadnt been to one in a few years due to health issues.God bless all the BG family.
Added: July 27, 2014
Name: Les Mauldin
From: Norwalk, Iowa
Yes an awesome reunion, and always wonderful to see our Navy friends and families. Russ and Sheila pulled a good one off, hotel was great, sightseeing and so much history, who couldn not have enjoyed any of that.
The logbook is in the mail, ready to be printed, contacted my Kori, and she is anxious to get it, probably tomorrow. Hope to have it ready to mail later next week or so.
Our grandson's team from Waukee are in the Baseball State Tournament, we were there, it was awesome to see them win, they play their first game next Wednesday, and they are the Number #1 seed, have been rated all year as 1st or 2nd in 4A schools in Iowa.
All for now, God Bless all of you, take care.
Portland next August.
Les and Janet
Added: July 24, 2014