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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July 11, 2022, From Frank Stepka, SN 70-73
Attention shipmates, there’s still time to register for the Basilone reunion in Savannah, GA, September 11th to the 16th. Click on the link below to download the Reunion Information Packet. Complete the registration form and send it along with the payment to Frank Stepka.
The deadline to send in your registration and payment is August 15, 2022. A cold beer is waiting for you.
If you have already registered for the reunion, see you in Savannah.
June 23, 2022, From Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74
USS John Basilone DDG-122, Christening Ceremony
The christening ceremony took place on Saturday, June 18, 2022. There were 18 shipmates, and their families in attendance. During the ceremony several speakers mentioned the crew of the 824 and one speaker asked us to stand and be recognized.
Below is a link to construction photos of the USS John Basilone DDG-122.
On January 10, 2020, the keel for the USS John Basilone DDG-122 was laid down. Below is a link to photos of the Keel Laying Ceremony
On June 10, 2022, the USS John Basilone DDG-122 was launched. Below is the link to a video of the launching.
On June 18, 2022, the USS John Basilone DDG-122 was christened. Below is the link to a video of the christening ceremony.
On June 18, 2022, the USS John Basilone DDG-122 was christened. Below is the link to christening photos.
June 8, 2022, From Fred Gehrisch, ET2 66-68
Veterans Burial Benefits and Assistance
Click on the link to download information about Veterans Burial Benefits and Assistance.
Burial Benefits: Download
May 21, 2022, From Frank Stepka, SN 70-73
Remember how things were going so well before everything hit the fan? After two attempts to visit Providence and one try for Nashville, we’re going to go with “Plan C”. This year’s reunion will be held in Savannah, Georgia! The reunion will start on Sunday, September 11th (Travel day, check-in (3:00 PM) & Welcome Meeting) and end on Thursday, September 15th (Farewell Banquet) with Check-out (12:00 PM) on Friday the 16th.
Click on the link below to download the reunion information packet.
Reunion information packet: Download
If you need a name tag click on the link below to download the name tag order form.
Name tag order form: Download
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, with any information you may remember.
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
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 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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