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
Submitted by Name: Linda Angelo From: Zanesville Ohio E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
Comments: I received this in the mail today and posting it. If you would like her address, please contact Paul and I will give it to you. Dear Markab Ship Mates, With much sorrow, I must inform you that Jim passed away in late November. It was very sudden and I miss him very much after being together for 63 years. He has many friends and it helps me a lot to hear from them. We both enjoyed our trips to the Markab Reunions. Keep up the good work. I know everyone enjoys them. Laverne Michel
Added: April 16, 2014
Submitted by Name: Bill Hanzel, Pres. Markab Association From: Aurora, CO E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Today I attended the funeral services for shipmate Richard Stef as a representative of the Markab Association. I was welcomed warmly by his family and treated as a guest of honor. The services included the Navy Hymn as the processional hymn and Anchors Aweigh as the recessional song. There was a slide show looping before services started and there were several pictures taken aboard the Markab. I even recognized some of them. I am hoping to see Bob and his wife Cindy at the reunion banquet when we have our two bell ceremony. Maybe some of our WW2 vets remember Richard Stefanisin from Chicago, IL