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January 26, 2017

Volume 3, Issue 1


USS Arlington (AGMR-2) Association


To All our Arlington Association Shipmates:

First, the Officers of the Arlington Association hope you and your family had a wonderful Holiday Season and are off to a prosperous 2017.

Our 15th Annual Reunion was held in Sept/Oct at Charleston, SC.  There was a planned cruise to the Bahamas! Those attending had a good time visiting the sites of Charleston and spending time with shipmates and renewing old friendships.


Judi Styles a Travel Agent offered her skills and talents to our Association. She was commissioned by our members at the Las Vegas Business meeting and reunion to help find Hotels and Plan Events for our reunions. She did this for the New Orleans, Charleston Reunions. She provided the Association for the Seattle reunion rates for hotels. Due to personal needs and concentrating on her own business Travel, she spent (free to the Association) resigned at the Charleston Business Meeting for future reunions. We all appreciate and thank her for all her past help and wish her well in the future with her own business endeavor’s.  


Jerry Jorgenson and I have taken on this duty. Below you will find information for both the Seattle Land Reunion and Alaskan Cruise.


I apologize for any delays in getting this information out to our members. I lost my sister the day after Thanksgiving and it has taken a great deal of my time to straighten out her affairs.


Jerry, has visited hotels in the Seattle Area and made his recommendations to me. – First, Bravo Zulu for a job well done Jerry! For those of you who do not know Seattle is most likely the most expensive Réunion location/city we have chosen thus far. Last year in Charleston, Judi, gave us pricing for the Seattle Hotels from $189.00 to $400.00 per night for downtown Seattle. Jerry and I discussed this issue and found that by going to the SEATAC (airport) we could reduce the room costs substantially! The Sleep-INN Hotel is similar to the Hotel at Charleston, SC. Jerry and I feel you will like it!


The Sleep Inn hotel fits our budget at $149.00 +tax per night. Plus, a free breakfast similar to Charleston. Bringing the cost to $139.00 + tax. See details below.


Members asked if possible if we could get an Alaskan Cruise tagged on to this reunion. Details below as

The prices we have secured.


NOTE: it is important to sign-up NOW for the Cruise if you want to participate these dates fill up fast. I also suggest to secure with a CREDIT Card your room at the SLEEP INN Hotel.  





To all shipmates:

Our sites are for members only. To be a member you have had to serve aboard the AGMR2 or LPD24 ships. We will vet our site as it is a closed site. The two sites are for communicating with our/your shipmates - sharing pictures and stories while serving aboard the USS Arlington (AGMR2) or (LPD24). The Arlington Association is a Fraternal Organization for either site and is not for expressing your political views or for allowing our family or friends to have access as members. We will not friend - family or friends to either site.     




Our Communications Officer, Jim Arnold will be the liaison to LPD 24. Jim and I have discussed how we can move forward and how best to continue the past work that will be incorporating both crews of the two USS Arlington's AGMR2 and LPD24 into one "Arlington Association" that will continue the legacy of the Arlington Name.  Jim will report on this project in the next “Aryl Times” Edition.



The Association Dues are $10.00 per year.

We are considering a change in the Associations Dues Structure. Some Ideas are: 1,) to have a LIFE TIME amount. 2.) to pay for 5 years and get 7 years. We will discuss these options or your suggestions at the business meeting at the Seattle, Reunion.

Please email your suggestions or email to me





Arlington Web Site


The Arlington Website is continuing being re-assembled and updated- this task is time consuming and Jim is doing his best to get it updated for your viewing.



Officers and Advisors for the Association

Current Officers and Advisors


Skipper                                             Mike Ferderer

Executive Officer                            Gary Brooks

Admin. Officer& Secretary           Skip Hastings

Comm. Officer                                Jim Arnold

LPD Leis son and

     Supply Officer

Disbursing Officer                         Jerry Jorgensen

Chaplain                                          Steve Black

Editor “Arly Times”                       Vacant

Advisor & Arlington History        Al Hassebrock

Advisor                                             Jim Johnson

Advisor                                              Rey Weaver



REUNION Locations for 2017 and 2018


We will once again put reunion notifications in the - VFW, HULL Number, American Legion, and Together We Served will or have already published our 2017 Reunion in their Magazines.

At the New Orleans Reunion, the members have voted to go to Seattle, WA for the 2017 Reunion and in Charleston the members voted to go to Nashville, TN in 2018. 


Further we encourage all shipmates to contribute to our “Arly Times” by submitting articles, special events they are involved with, and / or noteworthy about the Navy or of/on some of our former Crew Members. It is your News Paper….





16th Annual Reunion

Arlington AGMR-2 Association

August 23, 2017 to August 27, 2017

 Sleep Inn Sea Tac Airport


SeaTac, WA 98198

20406 International Blvd

(206) 824-8559

(206) 878-3600

Group Name: AGMR2

ROOM RATE: $149.00 + Tax

+  Free Breakfast

Fixed Cut Off Date: Friday, July 07, 2017


Arrival Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Departure Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017


Rates are good 3 days before and 3 days after


The Sleep Inn hotel is located just 15 minutes from downtown Seattle the Sleep Inn is ideally located less than two miles from the airport and light rail with free 24-hour airport transportation. Surrounded by shopping, cocktail lounges and restaurants the hotel offers transportation to any attraction within a 3 mile radius. The Sleep Inn has multiple accommodations for guests traveling for business or pleasure with free high-speed internet access, TVs with free HBO, in-room refrigerator and microwave, coin-operated laundry facilities and more.


The hotel is located about 1.4 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and features the following amenities:




Airport Shuttle (Leaves every 10 min in AM to Airport after 12PM on demand)
Coin-Operated Laundry
Complimentary Breakfast
Courtesy Local Transportation
Fitness Center
Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Hotel Internet Access
In-room Internet Access
Kids Stay Free
Motor Coach Parking
Near Airport
Near Light Rail  (Light Rail is 1 ½ blocks from hotel) will drop us off at station.
Non-Smoking Rooms Available




Toll Free


1-800-SLE-EPIN (1-800-753-3746)



Group Name: AGMR2

ROOM RATE: $149.00 + Tax

+  Free Breakfast

Fixed Cut Off Date: Friday, July 07, 2017


Arrival Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Departure Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017


Rates are good 3 days before and 3 days after





Group Contract as of 1/31/17

Room Details - Room Block - Group Rates

Room Type                                                                                                                          Single Double Extra Child

HKMHAC                                - 189.00 189.00 10.00 0.00                                               Normal Rate

HQMHAC                              - 189.00 189.00 10.00 0.00                                               Normal Rate

HQRSHW                              - 189.00 189.00 10.00 0.00                                               Normal Rate

NDD                                        - 2 Double Beds, No Smoking     149.00 + tax

NK                                          - 1 King Bed,No Smoking                   149.00 + tax


WED THU FRI SAT                                 8/23/17       8/24/17                 8/25/17   8/26/17

HKMHAC - 1 1 1 1

HQMHAC - 1 1 1 1

HQRSHW - 1 1 1 1

                                                                WED       THURSDAY            FRIDAY   SATURDAY

NDD - 2 Double Beds, No Smoking          5                   5                            5                5

NK - 1 King Bed, No Smoking                  12                12                          12               12

*Additional rate changes apply


Sleep Inn Sea Tac Airport

SeaTac, WA 98198

20406 International Blvd

(206) 824-8559

Group Name: AGMR2

Fixed Cut Off Date: Friday, July 07, 2017


Arrival Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Departure Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017


(206) 878-3600


Contract Information

Fixed Cut Off Date: Friday, July 07, 2017

Departure Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017          Group Account: 2858158

Contact: Michael Ferderer

(612) 850-5580



Holland America Line

ms Oosterdam of the Holland America Line.



2017 -  Arlington Association Seattle, Washington Cruise – August 27 to September 3rd


At the 2015 Arlington Reunion Business Meeting in New Orleans, the Arlington Crew Members voted for a Cruise to Alaska if possible separate from the Land Reunion. Below for your information is the Cruise information. These Cruises to Alaska fill up fast and cost more than our past cruises and fit in with the Seattle costs of Hotels. If you plan to go you need to act sooner than later.


The Cruise will be for 7 days - leaving Sunday August 27th at 4:00 PM and returning Sunday September 3rd at 7:00 AM, for those who would like to partake in this event. We will be onboard the Cruise Ship ms Oosterdam of the Holland America Line.


Please phone Jordon Teplitz our groups Personal Cruise Director to make your ship reservations: 800-355-3017 – ext:29388. Holland America will also help with reservations – they provided me with a good rate to fly from Minneapolis to Seattle. It is worth your checking out.

Jordan Teplitz
Personal Cruise Consultant
Holland America Line
800 355 3017 Ext: 29388


The Group Code is:          TN5

The Group Name is:        USS Arlington AGMR2

The Group coordinator: Michael Ferderer may want to check it


Room and Suite information

Interior Rooms                  *$749 to $849

Obstructed Views            *$899 

Unobstructed Views       *$959 to $1079

Veranda’s                            *$1349 to $1599

Signature Suites                                *$1749 

Neptune Suite                   *$2349

v  There is a TAX added to the above rates. Starting at $216.18

v  There is a Deposit –

o   A refundable Deposit that is applied to your room choice - $700.00


o   A Non-Refundable Deposit of $350.00   


What you will need First in making your reservation:

Passport –

                Name as on your Passport

                Date of Birth

                Credit Card information


Note: We have early dining at 5:45 PM. Tables are set for 8 people








USS ARLINGTON 16TH Annual Reunion

Seattle, WA   August 23 - August 26, 2017

­Registration Form


Name:_______________________________________________Rank_______Yrs on AGMR-2_____


Address________________________________________________________________          Zip________________


Phone:  _____________________arrival in Seattle_________email:_____________________


Guests: _____________________/________________________


activity signup and registration fee:




How many





Wed -Aug 23rd

Registration Fee






Thursday Aug 24th










Aug 25th



















Aug 26th

















October 1

Dinner banquet buffet

Includes  fresh garden salad, 2 vegetables,3 entrees, starch,  desert, coffee, tea or lemonade












Grand Total



***No Registration fee will be required for kids or grandkids under 18.  Adults must register.  See separate sheet FAQs


Special Handicap or Dietary Needs: ________________________________________________________________________________




Make check or money order payable to:  USS ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION

______________Jerry you or me?  I can receive checks and information and forward to YOU)

If you have any questions contact:  Mike Ferderer 952-935-8162-H

Or 612-850-5580-C



*We will earn 1 complimentary room for every 20 rooms booked. There will be a drawing for the FREE ROOM or Complimentary Room. Only those who have reserved their room at the Sleep Inn by July 7, 2017 will be eligible to be entered into a drawing for the free room. Go ahead and book your room – there’s no cancellation penalty until 3 days prior to arrival. Book the optional later.


History Officer and Advisor


Alfred Hassebrock








 Arlington Awards


Members have asked about the Awards the USS Arlington (AGMR2) is designated.


The USS Arlington crew was also awarded or received from the Country of Vietnam the VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL w/Date and the NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL.


 For those who were aboard the ship to Korea for the USS Pueblo incident the ship now rates the new Korean Defense Medal.



AE Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

23-JAN-1968 22-MAR-1968 J


MU Meritorious Unit Commendation

 11-DEC-1968* 29-DEC-1968

04-MAY-1969* 31-MAY-1969

20-JUL-1969 25-JUL-1969


RG Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation - Gallantry

22-AUG-1967 16-SEP-1967

08-OCT-1967 13-NOV-1967

03-DEC-1967 28-DEC-1967

23-JAN-1968 27-JAN-1968

12-FEB-1968 10-MAR-1968

09-APR-1968 11-MAY-1968

10-JUN-1968 21-JUL-1968

29-AUG-1968 05-OCT-1968

16-OCT-1968 10-NOV-1968

15-JAN-1969 07-FEB-1969

05-APR-1969 12-APR-1969

26-JUN-1969 08-JUL-1969


VS Vietnam Service Medal

22-AUG-1967 16-SEP-1967

08-OCT-1967 12-NOV-1967

01-DEC-1967 28-DEC-1967

23-JAN-1968 27-JAN-1968

12-FEB-1968 10-MAR-1968

09-APR-1968 11-MAY-1968

10-JUN-1968 21-JUL-1968

29-AUG-1968 05-OCT-1968

16-OCT-1968 10-NOV-1968

16-JAN-1969 07-FEB-1969

05-APR-1969 16-APR-1969

26-JUN-1969 08-JUL-1969




OP-09B33 AS OF 29-JAN-01


NOTE: Those who have asked for copy of their medals have received the “Cross of Gallantry” medal.


YOU will have to contact: AWARDS INFORMATION (202) – 685 – 1770

Further, it will be up to you to get your DD214 changed and updated. I cannot do this for you. Calling this number or one of the numbers below should accomplish that task. If you are still having problems let me know.



National Personnel Records Center (314) – 801 – 0800 or



Naval Personnel Center: (800) – 535 - 2699


Repeat - Health Report

The House Voted to Grant the Blue Water Navy members disability for their exposure to the Chemical Exposure to Agent Orange. It went to the Senate for approval. The Senate did not pass this bill – someone in the Senate in secretly took the Bill Out! As of this issue we do not know who but will publish their name so you can Vote this next election accordingly.

Meanwhile, the VA is still denying claims to our members. Our members are still experiencing health issues that are Agent Orange related, still remains at over 80% (for those who contact me). 

Tell your Congressman and Senator to support House Bill H 969 and Senate Bill S681 that give us our benefits for Agent Orange Exposure.

Further, A Da Nang investigation is now being reviewed by a VA Board is very compelling with evidence that could help the blue Water Navy. The Arlington carried the Barrels. Like the Air Forces C123 case, the Arlington exposure was direct exposure. Recently, a crew member from the Carrier USS Ticonderoga won his claim. He was a maintaining helicopters. He claimed like the C123 Airforce Case that the residue picked up by the helicopter that was used for spraying the Herbicide and landing in areas where the helicopter would pick up the contaminated grass and mud where the spraying was carried out. See:13 April 2016 http://c123kcancerHYPERLINK "".HYPERLINK ""


Repeat- New Links Agent Orange - Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism

USA Today Network Patricia Kime, Military Times 4:39 p.m. EST March 10, 2016.


A new review of Agent Orange research found evidence that bladder cancer and

hypothyroidism is more strongly linked to exposure to the herbicide than previously

thought, but the science does not support a previously held belief that spina bifida

occurs in the offspring of exposed veterans at higher rates.


A report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine on the health effects of Agent

Orange also recommended the Department of Veterans Affairs grant service-connected

presumption to veterans with “Parkinson’s -like symptoms,” not just those diagnosed

with Parkinson’s disease related to Agent Orange exposure. 2 “There is no rational basis for exclusion of individuals with Parkinson’s-like symptoms from the service-related category denoted as Parkinson’s disease," members of the Institute of Medicine panel wrote in the report.


The 1,115-page review is the final in a series conducted by the Institute of Medicine on

health problems related to Agent Orange and other herbicide use during the Vietnam

War. The panel, chaired by Kenneth Ramos, professor of medicine at the Arizona Health

Sciences Center, University of Arizona, looked at the scientific literature on Agent

Orange released between October 2012 and September 2014 for its review.

The decision on bladder cancer and hypothyroidism was tied to results of a large study

of Korean War veterans who served in the Vietnam War and suggested an association,

while the choice to downgrade spina bifida was based on a lack of data, panel members

said.“(The inclusion of) spina bifida in the limited or suggestive category of association was

based on preliminary findings from (an ongoing Air Force study). However, to date, a complete analysis of the data from that study for neural tube defects has not been

published ... (and) no subsequent studies have found increases in spina bifida with

exposure to components of the herbicides sprayed in Vietnam," they wrote.

The upgrade for bladder cancer and hypothyroidism from the category “inade

quate or insufficient evidence” to “limited or suggestive evidence," of a link, as well as the

recommendation to include Parkinson’s-like symptoms to the service-connected list

could pave the way for thousands of veterans to receive health care and disability

compensation from VA.


The downgrading of spina bifida marks only the second time the Institute of Medicine

Agent Orange committee has demoted a health outcome related to the herbicide.

Roughly 2.6 million U.S. veterans served in Vietnam, and many of them may have been

exposed. The herbicide, named for the color of the metal containers used to store it,

was sprayed over 20% of the country to strip the jungle of its vegetation where enemy

troops could hide. Veterans who served in Vietnam on the ground or on boats that patrolled the country's inland waterways are eligible for health care and compensation for certain conditions presumed to be connected to their service. Other groups of veterans, including those who served after the war on aircraft that had been used to spray Agent Orange, have won recognition for illnesses they say are related to exposure to chemical residue.


3. Some veterans continue to seek recognition and presumption for exposure to the

herbicide, including those who served on ships in the bays, harbors and territorial seas

of Vietnam. Attorneys for Military-Veterans Advocacy and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam

Veterans Association on Thursday presented oral arguments to the U.S. Court of

Appeals for the District of Columbia to recognize that the court has jurisdiction to decide

whether the VA should not have excluded these veterans from the presumption.

Retired Navy Cmdr. John Wells, executive director of Military-Veterans Advocacy, said

the sailors who served on these ships should be included because the vessels'

distillation systems used water contaminated with Agent Orange to produce drinking

water as well as water used for their boilers.


In their report, the Institute of Medicine panel made several recommendations to the VA

to address illnesses in Vietnam veterans, to include recommending that VA continue to

study their health, develop protocols to investigate transmission of adverse effects to

offspring by exposed fathers and design a study on the health consequences of dioxin

exposure on humans. They also recommended that the Defense Department and VA monitor potential service-related health effects in military personnel, to include creating and maintaining rosters of individuals deployed on missions and linking Defense Department and VA databases to identify, record and monitor trends in diseases.



Keep Fighting and don’t give up on your claim –     



By Steve Black our new Arlington Association Chaplain

A number of our former shipmates are not 100% … Please keep them in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Wes Earp

Jim Arnold

Jim Fralix

TAPS - The following shipmates have passed on and now serve a greater power If you know of someone who is sick and or needs our prayers please contact our Chaplain Steve Black

NAVY Signs

Mike Bigler makes Metal Signs – He donated two signs at the New Orleans Reunion a USS Arlington Sign and Navy Sign. Bigler, Michael R. (Mike or Biggie), 

1508 6th St., Clay Center, KS 67432



Stiles in Travel

Judi Stiles did an excellent job for the Association’s last 2 year’s reunions. She has also offered to assist shipmates with their own personal travel plans outside the Reunions. Below is her contact information to help you:

4945 Hillhurst Drive

Fair Oaks, CA 95628

916 864 4302

800 875 1782                      “customizing your travel plans is what we do best”

See great destinations and travel offers on our Facebook page



For input or new stories for our paper contact Michael Ferderer 952-935-8162