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Here is the main documents you need to prove the Department of the Navy knows they were there, the VA doesn't acknowledge it and you have to provide them with the burden of proof. In laments terms you need to provide them with documents. But this following document should be sufficient enough for your fathers VA claim. Please see page#3 of the document. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/vietnam/Inchon%201973.pdf
Here is a digitized version of the USS Inchons Cruise book for that year. https://fa3a9d31-acca-4f84-be5b-265f6a8539f9.filesusr.com/ugd/293d83_9f9d56f5479749aa8c82c5e9e43ec7e9.pdf
I just received a notice that the VA closed the case and denied my Father. I dont know what to do now.
This has been a strougle for months and the VA doesnt care.
You will need file an appeal or a "NOD" Notice of Disagreement they paperwork should be included in their denial on what you need to do. Also would advise working with local County Veterans Service Office they can provide much need help and guidance.
Dear Ms. Johnson,
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 Inchon (LPH-12) for 1972-1973. These records were digitized by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). However, as of this time, the VA has not yet provided the National Archives with the digital copies of these specific logs. Furthermore, the National Archives at College Park, where the physical deck logs are located, recently closed again due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. Once public health conditions improve and NARA is able to reopen the research room, the website will be updated with additional information. If you have further questions about accessing the logs at the National Archives, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.
The VA should have digital copies of these deck logs that they should be able to access through their internal systems. Please contact your nearest VA office for further assistance. Also, we suggest following the recommendations provided by Mr. Schneider, as well as any options for administrative appeal that may have been provided by the VA when they notified you that the case was closed. You also may wish to seek the assistance of a Veterans Service Organization or your local congressional representative or senator.
We hope this is helpful.
[Information provided in part by Nate Patch, Subject Matter Expert]
Thank you , both!
I am working on the Appeal now. And I have reached out to my district congressman. I hope this works out for my dad.