Comments: Received a call from Ted Hendren today and he shared that his Father William Hendren was aboard the USS Markab when she was a AK-31 right after commissioning. He passed away 2006 and when he seen our name in a this months Legion Book, he called to inform us. Said his Father shared a lot of stories of his time on the Ship and had strong feeling for his time aboard it. I think each of us can relate to this.
Comments: Received a call from Sabe Levy a little while ago. He was Postal Clerk on Markab-1960-1962. Help commission it. He is looking for two shipmates-a Russell Johnson from the Glendale, Ca area and a Kent Tyler from the Auburn, Ca area. If anyone remembers these guys, please contact me. Thanks :D
Comments: The Children of Robert N. Stock sent a letter recently, to inform us of the passing of their Father Robert, Newton, Iowa on January 30, 2015. Robert was a WW2 Vet that served aboard the USS Markab. He apparently had attended several Reunions in the past and enjoyed them and talked about them with his Children. Its always sad to hear of loosing another of our Shipmates, but rewarding to hear of a Proud Man that served His country and shared it wish his loved ones.
Comments: I'm adding a quick note that I hope will be of help so some of my shipmates. I was on the Markab from 1964 through 1967. As the result of a VA claim in 2012, we were able to get Markab on a list of ships that had actually been in Viet Nam. During our '67 cruise, I was in the Electrical Outside Repair shop and spent much of the time working on gunboats out of Vung Tau. We worked on them while they were on patrol. That took us directly into Agent Orange territory. My point is that I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Once, we had to show we were "boots on the ground" to be eligible for VA disability benefits. That has changed. Now all anyone suffering from this disease has to do is show WestPac service during that Agent Orange period to qualify for a shot at disability benefits. Even if you tried before and were turned down, try again! The rules have changed and for once it's to the veteran's benefit.
Comments: My family recently discovered some information about my Great Uncle Herbert Porter that suggests he served on the Markab while he was in the navy as Seaman First Class (AMC). Sadly, he passed away back in 2006 and we were unable to learn about his time in the service from him. If anyone might have any information about him my family and I would be grateful for it. Thank you very much for your time.
Comments: Hi, Can anyone tell me if it is possible to purchase a ’68 West Pac Markab cruise book? I was on the ship ‘66-’68. I left the ship in Subic Bay about August ’68 to be discharged at Treasure Island, CA. My four years was up in Sept ’68. My name is Roger Valinoti (VAL for short) SFP2 attached to the Pipe Shop in R5 Div. Thank you, Roger
Added: September 2, 2014
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Comments: As I understand it, all you have to prove for agent orange is that you were on what ship and when it was in VN. I saw that info on VA site.
Comments: I was on the USS Markab AR 23 during Westpac in 1968 and was on the ship when it was decommissioned in 1969. I was a Lithographer on the ship. Would like to know how to receive the order of the mothball certificate. One of my best duties was aboard this ship.
Comments: I served on the USS Markab from October 1966 - April 1968. I was a Hull Technician. I am looking for proof that I had boots on the ground in Vietnam. I know I fixed broken equipment/boats Anyone have any suggestions regarding how to prove this? If you are receiving VA disability compensation for exposure... how did you prove it?