Received this email from Kevin Drinkwater via Jacquie Clarey. Any help anyone could give
would be appreciated.
In the hope of helping Helen Nash (widow of LCDR John Nash), I am trying to post this as widely as possible.
Received the following e-mail from Helen Nash who is working hard as a
Welfare Office since her husbands death. After reading the email if
you have any information that may help Helen please contact her at:
jj1andhelen at bigpond dot com
“I am seeking assistance with a submission I
am attempting to put together regarding the deaths of Navy
servicepersons which may be due to time served within Vietnam. The
subject was raised at the recent RSL Qld. Congress and I have been
detailed off by the proposer to attempt to provide figures to the
Queensland Veteran’ s Affairs Committee, of which, I am the Welfare
representative, for presentation to the Minister of Defence, who did
request information regarding this.
The terms of reference are fairly broad, as follow:
1. Member of the RAN
2. Served within Vietnam territorial waters during the Vietnam
conflict for whatever period of time
3. Has suffered from cancer of any type which proved fatal
4. If any children of the sailor has suffered any birth abnormalities
I am aware that there may privacy issues, however, the Navy is a very
close knit group of people who usually know what has happened to their
shipmate and I do not want names of the personnel, only the numbers.
If the submission is successful, the Government will conduct a further
I am ignoring the DVA requirement of the 30 days need to validate a
claim as contact with toxic material is what is called “patient
dependant” in other words, some will have no symptoms of disease
having had contact but others only have to be within the vicinity to
have an effect, something the pundits flatly refuse to recognise. If
you can assist me with this, I would be very grateful.” Helen Nash