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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June 18, 2024  Geoffrey Bender FTG2, 70-74


It’s my sad duty to inform you that our Association President, Phil Poplaski’s mother, Mary “Mom” Poplaski passed away at 100 years old, Monday June 17th.  Mary attended many reunions and gave us her motherly advice.  She will be missed by her family and her Basilone family.


May 20, 2024  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 and the ship is coming along nicely.  B-trials went well and we are proceeding to our final set of sea trials where the ship will be presented to INSURV.  We are on track for BIW to deliver the ship to the Navy in early July and the crew will move onboard at the end of July or first couple days of August.  Like I mentioned in my comments you saw in the video, that puts our sail away around the end of October, and our plan is to proceed directly to New York.

We are expecting to commission in New York on 9 November, but the request is pending SECNAV approval.


Note: The 9 November commissioning date is tentative.  It still must be approved by the Secretary of the Navy.


Photographs of USS John Basilone DDG-122

Below is a link to photographs of the USS John Basilone DDG-122 sailing on the Kennebec River April 18, 2024.

USS John Basilone DDG-122, Photographs


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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