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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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September 16, 2020, From: Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74

I received a message from Ruth Py, wife of Joseph Py, MSC, 72-74.  He is in the hospital and very weak.  He needs our good thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to send him a card wishing him well, his address is: PO Box 69, Denver, PA 17517.

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September 2, 2020:  From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2, USS Basilone DD-824, Jan 1970 – Jun 1974

USS John Basilone DDG-122

The machinist strike at Bath Iron Works ended August 23, 2020.  I emailed my contact at the Navy Department asking what effect the strike had on the scheduling of the christening and commissioning of DDG-122.  Below is her response:

Hello Sir and thank you so much for the outreach.  I am afraid that the summer’s labor dispute probably will impact the schedule.  The Navy production team will be reviewing the impacts over the course of the next month and I should have more information to share soon.

I will email her in about 2 months for an update, please keep checking the website for further updates.

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August 6, 2020

Attention shipmates who have tattoos!  Did you get your tattoo while you were in the Navy?  If so, would you like to have it displayed as part of a tattoo exhibit?  The National Museum of the American Sailor, located at Great Lakes Naval Base, is in the process of creating a new exhibit, “Marked by the Sea: Tattoos in the U.S. Navy”.  Entries are limited to current and former Navy service members.

To submit an image of your Navy tattoos for possible inclusion in "Marked by the Sea: Tattoos in the U.S. Navy," download and complete the submission form.  Email the completed form along with up to two high-resolution digital images of each tattoo to nmas.fct@navy.mil no later than September 30, 2020.

National Museum of the American Sailor Tattoo submission form:    Download

To learn more about the new exhibit click on the link below:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/explore/exhibits/marked-by-the-sea.html

Geoffrey Bender FTG2
USS Basilone DD-824, Jan 1970 – Jun 1974
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August 6, 2020

From Geoffrey Bender, FTG2, USS Basilone DD-824, 1970 – 1974
 
Since there was no response from SECNAV about USS John Basilone, DDG-122, I emailed a contact I have at the Navy Department asking him if he knew anyone who could give us information about DDG-122.  He replied back with a name and email address of someone who could give us information.  I emailed her and received the following response:

Sir, 

Thank you so very much for the note.  We are so honored to be involved in the construction of a new destroyer to honor John Basilone and are truly looking forward to working with you in the coming months as the ship comes to life. 

You are indeed correct, the keel was laid in January of this year and we are currently targeting August of 2021 for the christening.  The commissioning ceremony is very notionally planned for December of 2022 but this may well change as we get closer to the event. 

We do not yet have a commanding officer or crew assigned for the ship, but once we do, I would be so happy to connect you with them.  I know the ship will want to build a relationship with you and your fellow shipmates. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time for additional information and thank you again for your outreach. 

Great news about the christening targeted for August of 2021.  However the machinists union at the Bath Iron Works went on strike June 22 and as of August 5th is still on strike.  How this will affect the targeted christening date of August 2021 is unknown at this time.

 

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May 16, 2020: Note from Jim Goodspeed, LT, 1963-1966 about Agent Orange.

All Basilone crew members who served on board during Vietnam cruises have been exposed to Agent Orange. They should all register for VA health care and take the Agent Orange screening. Even if they have not been diagnosed with one of the fourteen presumptive disorders they may be affected later in life.

Presumptive disease may occur as much as 35 years after exposure.  To see the list of presumptive diseases go to: www.va.gov and search on Agent Orange.

 Crew members who want to file an initial claim for an herbicide-related disability can use VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits or work with a VA-recognized Veterans Service Organization to assist with the application process.  Crew members may also contact their state Veterans Affairs Office.

If for some reason this fails or you are having problems getting help, then contact Jim Goodspeed.    Jim is a certified Veteran Service Officer and can provide guidance and counseling to help crew members with this process. Questions may be directed to his email jwgoodspeed@gmail.com.

Please note that Jim’s access is limited and unreliable and it may take him some time to get back to you.
 

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May 3, 2020: For those shipmates who were on the Basilone when we went to Vietnam in 1966 or 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.

 

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Shipmates

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:
BASILONE ASSOCIATION
5640 WHISTLING COVE ROAD
GAINESVILLE, GA. 30504
Thank you!

Fred Gehrisch
Treasurer
Basilone Association

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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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