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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Xmass Tree Mess 1970 (Large)


Christmas 1970


November 8, 2021

Ship’s Store Sale

All DDE merchandise in stock is 20% off.  Buy a shirt and get a free DDE patch or DESRON 36 patch while supplies last.  Go to the Ship's Store page to get details and see what DDE merchandise is available.


November 4, 2021  From Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74

Reunion Update

The Basilone Association executive committee (Fred Gehrisch, Frank Stepka, Phil Poplaski and Geoff Bender) had a Zoom call (Wednesday, 11/03/21), to discuss the plans for the Nashville reunion, May 10 to May 14 of 2022. We have a tentative list of activities but we're waiting to hear back from the tour company for prices and hotel information. We should know more by January if not sooner. Keep an eye on the Basilone website for further updates.


October 14, 2021  From Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74

USS John Basilone DDG-122, Update

I emailed my contact about the launching of DDG-122 and received the following response.

The launch and christening of the future USS John Basilone is still a ways off and the date has not been set. I suspect that may happen sometime early next year. If you would like to check back after the new year, we might have a more precise estimate.

I will be checking with my contact in January for any further updates.


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


August 4, 2021, From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2 70-74

I received the following request from Joe Meadors of the USS Liberty Veterans Association.

I was aboard the USS Liberty when the ship was attacked by the IDF on June 8, 1967, and serve my shipmates as Director of Operations of the USS Liberty Veterans Association. https://usslibertyveterans.org. We understand that someone in your CIC was listening to the attack and taped the button on his sound powered phones down so everyone on the circuit could listen to the attack as it was happening. I was hoping you could put the word out that we would like to be put in touch with anyone in CIC or on that circuit who could confirm or deny that story. Warmest regards, Joe Meadors USS Liberty Survivor Director of Operations, USS Liberty Veterans Association Email: joe@ussliberty.com


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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