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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DDE 824
DDE 824
DD 824
DD 824


March 24, 2020:  A new page Looking For Shipmates has been added to the website.  This is a list of shipmates we have no contact information for.  Please review the list and if you know anybody on the list please contact us using the Contact Webmaster page or have the missing shipmate use the Crew Register/Update to provide their contact information.  Thank you.


March 23, 2020:  For those shipmates who were on the Basilone when we went to Vietnam in 1972 and are going to apply to the VA for Agent Orange benefits.  You will need a copy of the deck logs from our time in Vietnam.  Go to the Ship’s Scuttlebutt page and you can download the deck logs from our time in Vietnam.


March 22, 2020: A new page has been added to the Website: Crew Register/Update.  This page is for: 1. any shipmate who is not on our roster and mailing list to enter their contact information, and 2. current shipmates whose contact information has changed to update their information.


March 16, 2020:  A new page has been added to the website, Ship’s Scuttlebutt.  This page will post information and general announcements concerning the USS Basilone Association.



This is a gentle reminder per Phil Poplaski's newsletter that Basilone Association dues are due.  As our association continues to decrease in size due to attrition, your dues become more and more important.  If you supported us in the past please consider continuing that support. For those shipmates that were never active in the past this would be a great time to establish new friendships and even get to know your shipmates from the past.

The dues are $25 per year (or $125 for the lifetime membership).  The monies we receive, pays for our printing and postal charges throughout the year , as well as the association's annual donations to organizations like the SGT. JOHN BASILONE FOUNDATION, UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL , TIN CAN SAILOR'S GROUP, THE JOHN BASILONE PARADE COMMITTEE and others.  Please keep in mind that we are now a 501(c)(19) organization and your donations are tax deductable.

If you have not already done so, please forward your check  (Payable to the Basilone Association)  to:
Thank you!

Fred Gehrisch
Basilone Association


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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