USS Basilone DDE/DD 824
A Gearing Class Destroyer
The Greyhounds of the Fleet
Commissioned 26 July 1949 - Decommissioned 1 November 1977

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May 15, 2022, From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2 70-74

USS John Basilone DDG-122, Christening Ceremony

The christening of the USS John Basilone DDG-122 has been scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Bath, Maine.  I have sent the names and contact information of the crew members who have expressed interest in attending the christening ceremony to the representative at Bath Iron Works.  If you are interested in attending the ceremony and have not completed the survey, go to the USS John Basilone DDG-122 tab, click on the survey link and complete the form. I will then forward your information to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.  The deadline for completing the survey is Monday, May 23, 2022.


April 23, 2022, From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2 70-74

Gene Emmett Turner, FTG3 66-68

I received a message from Pamela Robb via the Basilone website’s Contact Webmaster page.  She is the daughter of Gene Emmett Turner, FTG3 66-68 and is looking for information about his time on the Basilone.   If any shipmate remembers him, please email Pamela at ptrobb12@gmail.com with any information you may remember.


April 12, 2022, From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2 70-74

Gary Parker, FN, 63-64

I received a message from Trina Haynes via the Basilone Facebook page.  She is the daughter of Gary Parker, FN, 63-64 and is looking for information about his time on the Basilone.   If any shipmate remembers him, please email Trina at haynes.trina@yahoo.com, with any information you may remember.


March 30, 2022, From Frank Stepka, SN 70-73

Reunion News

The dates of the Savannah, GA reunion have been changed to Sunday, September 11, 2022 (check in) to Thursday, September 15, 2022 (farewell banquet) with checkout on Friday, September 16, 2022.  We are still working on the hotel, tours and activities for the reunion, so keep checking the website for further updates.


February 10, 2022

It is my sad duty to inform you that our shipmate George “Chris” Christenson, BM1 65-67, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022.  Chris hosted the 1998 Baltimore reunion and co-hosted the 2013 Gettysburg reunion.  Chris also served as ship’s historian and ship’s store operator.  Fair winds and following seas shipmate, rest in peace.

Below is a link to a tribute for George "Chris" Christenson

In Memory of George “Chris” Christenson


January 30, 2022  From Geoffrey Bender FTG2 70 -74

USS John Basilone, DDG-122 

I received the following message from my contact at the Navy Department about the 122.

We believe the christening of JOHN BASILONE may take place in the early summer timeframe.  We are hoping to have a date from the shipyard soon and I will keep you posted.

When I receive additional information about the 122, I will post it.



January 9, 2022

USS John Basilone, DDG-122

If you plan to attend the Christening and/or the Commissioning ceremonies for the USS John Basilone, DDG-122.  Go to the USS John Basilone DDG-122 page and complete the attendance form.  This is to let the Navy know how many crewmen plan to attend these ceremonies.  When the dates and places are known, those crewmen who completed the form will be emailed that information.


September 26, 2021, From Fred Gehrisch ETN2, 66 – 68  

The Cold War Recognition Certificate was created to honor those who served in the armed forces or as a federal government civilian during the Cold War Era, which is designated from September 2, 1945, through December 26, 1991. The award and issuance of this certificate was authorized by the Secretary of Defense under Section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.

Application for Cold War Recognition Certificate: Download


June 6, 2021, From Don Ayers, RD3 65-67

Three Agent Orange Presumptives Added

Three conditions will be added to the list of those presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Those conditions are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism.

Vietnam War era Veterans and their survivors, who previously filed and were denied benefits for one of these three new presumptive conditions, will have their cases automatically reviewed without the need to refile a claim.



May 16, 2021, From John Jaskowiak, RM3 64-67

May 14, 2021

VA to readjudicate Veteran and survivor claims for possible herbicide exposure

WASHINGTON — Veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA.

The department began readjudicating claims in April for Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War but were denied for one or more herbicide related conditions, on the basis that military service was not performed on the landmass
of the Republic of Vietnam or on its inland waterways.

“Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of Veterans who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “We have the proper resources in place to meet the needs of our Veteran community and will ensure all eligible Veterans’ and their survivors’ claims are examined thoroughly and fairly.”

The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era Veterans and is part of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s implementation of the Nov. 5, 2020, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California order in Nehmer vs. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, requiring VA to readjudicate previously denied claims.

VA will determine if benefits for qualifying disabilities can now be paid retroactively to the date of previously denied claims. The court’s decision requires automatic readjudication in such cases without requiring a new claim, and potentially paying benefits to the survivors or estates of deceased beneficiaries.

More information is available regarding VA disability benefits based on Agent Orange exposure.



The USS Basilone Association welcomes all crew members, their family and friends to the official site of the USS Basilone DDE 824, DD 824. The Basilone is a post WWII Gearing Class Destroyer that in its lifetime was home to all the men that served on her.

This site was created to bring all of Basilone’s former crew together where old friendships could be rekindled. The Association has been running Reunions since 1994 and the creation of this site was a natural continuance to bringing Basilone’s crew together and a way to remember crew members that are no longer with us. During the gallant life of the Basilone she had many miles and the tales are still being told all over the US.

The Photo Center is the place you can rest assured will put a smile on your face. Hard to believe we actually looked like that. We have vintage and photos from past reunions. If you have photos you want to add to the Photo Center, contact the webmaster to add your photos to the Photo Center.

The Ship’s History section tells not only the complete history of the USS Basilone but also about John Basilone the Marine Medal of Honor recipient the USS Basilone is named after.  And as Basilone sailed the world’s oceans they were not always a safe place to be.  In the Basilone Tragedies section of Ship’s History we talk about the events that occurred on the Basilone and remember the men who lost their lives.

In Memoriam is the page we list all the Basilone Crew that are no longer with us.

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