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Operation End Sweep

On 27 January 1973, American and North Vietnamese officials signed a protocol to the Paris agreement that called for the United States to neutralize the mines that the Navy had dropped in North Vietnam's coastal and inland waterways.

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Comment by Mark Chambers on May 26, 2017 at 5:25pm

FYI to End Sweep veterans:  I recently made a claim through the Compensation and Pension section of the Veteran's Health Administration.  The claim is that the lung cancer I had was due to exposure to Agent Orange.  The claim was recently recognized and i am listed as Service Connected - Agent Orange.  I mention this because I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to prove that I had been in-country and, once I connected the dots for them, they recognized that I was indeed in-country as part of End Sweep.

I would encourage any of you with health problems to check the Agent Orange registry.  There is a whole list of illnesses that, if you have any one or more, are considered "presumptive Agent Orange."  There are a lot of veterans who fought the legal battle over the years for us and I would urge you to honor those who came before us.

It is noteworthy that Hai Phong, Hon Gai and Cam Pha where we all worked are Agent Orange spray areas and, for blue water sailors, the New Orleans and Tripoli both are listed as having docked in Vietnamese harbors as late as December 1975.  Do the research.  It's all there.  If I can help, don't hesitate to contact me through this website.

Comment by Michael Austin on April 21, 2017 at 12:46am
Mike Ayer,
Thanks for the support. I'm not well versed in the legislative process, but as I understand, Op. End Sweep medals could become a part of the next National Defense Authorization Act, just as the problem with Ops. Frequent Wind and Eagle Pull was resolved a few years ago.
The man most familiar is Congressman Graves' Legislative Correspondent, Mr Kevin O'Keefe. I've spoken to Kevin several times. He's a fine gentleman and very supportive of veterans' issues. Contact as follows:
Kevin O’Keefe | Legislative Correspondent
Office of Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06)
202-225-3901 (office) | garretgraves.house.gov
Comment by James J. madigan on April 20, 2017 at 4:07pm

I was a RD or OS later on the New Orleans LPH-11 As i remember 2 helicopters went down during the time up there.I had both instances on my scope as they happened and i vectored craft to the sites of the sinkings.All were saved as i recollect

Comment by Mike Ayars on April 20, 2017 at 3:19pm

Michael, I reached out to my congressman and he could not find a record of this in their electronic system. My congressman is Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ). He is very supportive of veterans in his district. Can you provide any contact information for Mr. O'Keefe or Congressman Graves?

Comment by Michael Austin on April 12, 2017 at 4:48pm

Information of interest to those who served directly aboard one of the TF 78 ships or on ships providing direct support near Haiphong Harbor, especially for sailors or marines who joined the party in Vietnam a bit late (after March '73).  

A 2017 congressional proposal would extend eligibility for the Vietnam Service Medal to those who were previously denied , or would establish a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal or another unique award for all who participated in Operation End Sweep.  If you would like to see this happen, please contact your congressman ASAP and ask him to join Congressman Garret Graves (R-La) in support of recognition for Operation End Sweep and TF 78. Whether or not a Louisiana constituent, you can also express support through Congressman Grave's legislative coordinator for veterans affairs, Mr. Kevin O'Keefe.

Comment by Alton Ray Adams on February 26, 2017 at 4:46pm
I ment by the loading ramp of a 53.
Comment by Alton Ray Adams on February 26, 2017 at 4:45pm
I remember during the op we lost a Marine H53. The crew were picked up and returned to the Ogden. Also lost a good friend ABHAN Tim O'niel when he was crushed by the loading of a 53. We were both tad from the Tripoli.
Comment by Eric Van Stralen on November 11, 2015 at 1:43pm

I was on the Constellation, pretty far offshore during this op but still awarded the unit citations.   Curiously, my DD214 only shows a few months in 1973 for Viet Nam service, when I made 2 deployments to the Tonkin Gulf prior to that.

Comment by William Lee Bragg on November 12, 2014 at 6:03pm

During End Sweep I flew off and onto the Ogden, Tripoli, Debuque, and a few other ships. It was a benefit when the Holidays rolled around and everyone was serving up steak and lobster. I've always wondered why we never received any awards for serving and flying in hostile territory myself. They said it was because there was supposed to be a ceasefire in effect. I guess they never heard of the TET Offensive in 67&68. BUT I always remembered it while flying past their gunboats AND not being allowed to mount our 50 cals.

Comment by Don Behrens, Sr on January 17, 2014 at 12:10am

I was aboard the USS Ogden LPD-5. Was on Endsweep from the beginning to the end.

 

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