Dear, Darwin


      I am thrilled... that is the best Christmas pres I will have this year!!!!

It is appalling to me that they just figured out that you were in Nam?

But I am pleased that the work that was done is paying off for you're family and hopefully many more.   Merry Christmas!!!



Thank you  ,  cathy lasorda


From: Darwin Sietsema <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 11:09 AM
Subject: U.S.S. James E. Kyes DD787


Merry Christmas to you. I want to thank you for all you did on our behalf in getting important info.

After the reunion i brought copies of the Buddy Statements and the ships log to my VA advocate. They were ecstatic to see these and passed them on to the VA.

Just last week after 25 years of being denied by the VA. i was informed that i was indeed in Vietnam . I am now enrolled in the VA health system receiving some treatment and compensation. My diabetes was determined to have been caused by Agent Orange exposure along with a few other problems.

I really appreciate the work you did and i "Thank You " for your efforts.

 Again ,"Thank You "and Merry Christmas !!

                                                   From my family to yours Merry Christmas

                           Darwin Sietsema  "Crazy Hairy "  em3