Dear Mr. Benz,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs of the USS Walker (DDE-517) for April 1966. This deck log has been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. We also located additional deck logs for the USS Walker should you need them. Please note that the Catalog does not always list logs in chronological order. When viewing logs for each month, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view the entire month’s logs as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to load in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
Additionally, we suggest that you review the Update on Availability of Vietnam Era (1956-1978) US Navy Deck Logs for general information on this topic.
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Lastly, you may wish to contact the Blue Water Navy Association for assistance or advice regarding Agent Orange claims as well as locating former Navy personnel.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Mr Benz, I was about USS Walker during this period. I remember 2 times we got fire from the shore. i do not remember the date however I reported small arms fire from our starboard quarter. Splashes in the water. this was in the day time. The order was passed to stand clear of starboard side.the second time is second hand, as I heard that when we were up a river(Mekong?) at night that a rocket propelled grenade passed by us.
Mr. Caulkins, my original request was in error as I needed verification of the USS Walker DD-517 being within the limits of Vietnam during 1965 for an agent orange claim. I have located said information from another source. If you have any use for the 1965 information please advise and thank you.