- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dear Sgt. Shaft:

I served on the USS Everett F. Larsen, DD 830 from 1966-68. We did pull into port and unload supplies, and we did tons of shore activities in ‘Nam. I was wondering if the ship might be on the Agent Orange List. Thanks for all your work on behalf of veterans.

David D.,
Via the Internet

Dear David:

The USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) is not on the list yet. No one has filed a claim based on service aboard this ship, and that must happen first before the regional office will request deck logs.

According to the official Navy history site and the unofficial ship history site (see below), there are no statements related to docking or inland waterway service for this ship. Veterans can always contact the National Archives directly to request deck logs and include them with their claim for benefits:

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=214.

http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/e5/everett_f_larson.htm

http://www.uss-everett-f-larson.com/Shistory.html

Shaft Notes

• The Sarge is looking forward to joining AMVETS, Department of Maryland, at the presentation of its 25th annual “PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence” to Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bran Thompson, president of the Major General Boyd Cook Memorial Foundation Inc., at a ceremony on April 2, 2011, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md.

The award honors Chief Master Sgt. Thompson’s 10 plus years of advocating for veterans and 9/11 military personnel and for those of their family members. The ceremony will be attended by distinguished leaders of AMVETS, other veterans’ service organizations from throughout the state, as well as state elected officials.

The “PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence” was first awarded in 1987. A few former honorees include: Maryland Govs. William Donald Schaefer and Robert Ehrlich Jr.; U.S. House of Representatives Beverly Byron and Helen Delich Bentley; Maryland State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; American Legion Past National Commander Clarence M. Bacon; and the Director of the Baltimore VAMC Dennis Smith.

Chief Master Sgt. Thompson’s career was with the U.S. Army Air Force Reserve and Army Reserve. He retired with more than 38 years total service. He joined the 31st Airborne after high school for two hitches and then joined the Air Force Reserve where he rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and Senior Enlisted Advisor, the youngest Reservist to attain that rank in the history of Air Force Reserve.

In his civilian life, while in the Reserves, he was employed as a federal government employee and was selected as the government’s International Paper Work Manager of the Year with personal congratulations from the president of the United States. Additionally, he chaired a National Computer Security Committee for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, when he was U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Computer Security Safety Commission, National Director of Investigations.

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