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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The USS Basilone Association welcomes all crew members, their families and friends to the official site of the USS Basilone DDE/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 the 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 crewmembers 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 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 website's 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 the 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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September 13, 2023 Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74
USS John Basilone DDG-122 Update
I received the below update from CDR Carne Livingston, CO of the USS John Basilone DDG-122
Things are going well here in Maine, we have a few more crew members on deck now than when you saw us last summer. Construction is progressing, but we have had several delays. It looks like the ship will be ready to proceed to sea trials in the early winter and continuing into the new year. This means, we are not likely to be ready to sailaway from Bath until late summer. Back in May, XO, CMC and myself had the pleasure of traveling to New York to attend the commissioning of USS COOPERSTOWN (LCS 23) in Manhattan. There is a lot of interest in sending JOHN BASILONE to New York to commission in Manhattan. Most likely commissioning will follow shortly after our sailaway. We will be able to nail down a date once we are ready to commence trials, as the test and trials plan drive when we will be able to move aboard and prepare for sailaway.
Next month (Sep) we will be sending approximately 40 of our crewmembers to attend the John Basilone parade in Raritan, NJ; we were able to attend last year and the event was a great opportunity to connect with the hometown of our namesake.
August 28, 2023, Geoffrey Bender, FTG2 70-74
A new page has been added to the website, “Scuttlebutt”. A place to tell sea stories, inquire about shipmates, discuss different topics, ask questions, make comments. Below is a link to the Scuttlebutt page:
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