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 2021 Reunion Survey Results, March 9, 2021-  Download

 

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Reunion Update – March 9, 2021

Attention Basilone Shipmates,

We were eager to have a reunion in September however due to continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 the USS Basilone Association officers have decided to cancel the 2021 reunion.  We know that cases of Covid-19 are down, hospitalizations are down and vaccinations are up, and by the time of the reunion most of our members should have received their vaccinations, however we are also concerned about Covid-19 variants.  Also, we are concerned that there may be limitations still in place regarding the number of people allowed in restaurants and venues and there still might be closures of venues we would like to visit.   It was a difficult decision to make but we believe that the health and safety of our members come first and that is why we are canceling this year’s reunion. The reunion will be rescheduled to either the week of May 10 to May 14, 2022, or May 17 to May 21, 2022, depending on the availability of hotel rooms.

Some of the comments on the 2021 Reunion Survey reflect concern about the health and safety of our members and concern that they could bring Covid-19 back to their families.  Then there are other comments that believe that by September most of our members who would attend would have received vaccinations and we should be fine.  As stated above the health and safety of our members comes first.

Some comments on the survey suggested we have the reunion in conjunction with the launching of the USS John Basilone, DDG-122.  This would be great, but we don’t know the exact date of the launching.  Tom Berry (OS3, 74-77) who works for NAVSEA has information that the Launching will be November 27, 2021.  Geoff Bender’s (FTG2, 70-74) contact at NAVSEA informs him that the November 27th date is a target date and the launching will be in the November/December time frame.  (NAVSEA, stands for Naval Sea Systems Command, who oversees the construction of new ships.)   We will continue to update the USS Basilone website with information about DDG-122 when it becomes available.

Regards,

USS Basilone DDE/DD 824 Association Officers

 

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Reunion Year / Reunion Location / Host / # of Shipmates Attended / Memorial Service Location

1989 – Raritan, NJ

1994 – Raritan, NJ

1996 – Raritan, NJ – Host Charles Davis, YNC, 58-59 – 34 Shipmates Attended

1998 – Baltimore, MD – Host George Christenson, BM1, 65-67 – 68 Shipmates Attended – US Navy Memorial, Washington DC

1999 – Norfolk, VA – Hosts Henry Hepsoe, SMC, 56-61/ Jack Price, RMC 72-75 – 65 Shipmates Attended – General Douglas MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk, VA

2000 – Fall River, MA – Hosts Tom Bembenek, OS1, 69-73/ John Moreau, RM1, 70-73 – 70 Shipmates Attended – USS Joseph P. Kennedy DD-850, Fall River, MA

2001 – Charleston, SC – Host Robert Barkalow, RD2, 64-65 – 84 Shipmates Attended – USS Laffey DD-724, Patriots Point, Charleston, SC

2002 – Placerville, CA – Host Jim Goodspeed, LT, 63-66 –  33 Shipmates Attended – American River Gold Discovery Site, Coloma, CA

2003 – Buffalo, NY – Host Richard Hadley, RM1 71-75 – 63 Shipmates Attended – USS Little Rock CLG-4, Buffalo, NY

2004 – Branson, MO – Host Jack Price, RMC 72-75 – 32 Shipmates Attended – Showboat Branson Belle, Branson, MO

2005 – Saco, Me – Host Jim Goodspeed, LT, 63-66 – 41 Shipmates Attended – Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

2006 – Newark, NJ – Host Philip Poplaski, EN2, 69-70 – 22 Shipmates Attended – Basilone Monument, Raritan, NJ

2007 – San Diego, CA – Host Ray Jones, LT, 67-69 – 23 Shipmates Attended – Piazza Basilone, San Diego, CA

2008 – San Antonio, TX – Host Les Carter, MM3, 57-59 – 16 Shipmates Attended – Anderson Theater on the River Walk, San Antonio, TX

2009 – Chicago, IL – Host Geoffrey Bender, FTG2, 70-74 – 30 Shipmates Attended – USNTC Chapel, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL

2010 – Sarasota, FL – Host Greg Perkins, MMFN, 67 – 29 Shipmates Attended – Lido Beach Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota, FL

2011 – Newport, RI – Host Jack Richie, MM2, 68-71 – 52 Shipmates Attended – USS Massachusetts BB-59, Fall River, MA

2012 – Syracuse, NY – Host Philip Poplaski, EN2, 69-70 – 22 Shipmates Attended – Sampson Naval/Air Museum, Fort Sampson, NY

2013 – Gettysburg, Pa – Hosts Frank Crouse, GM2, 52-55/ George Christenson, BM1, 65-67 – 49 Shipmates Attended – Civil War Battle Field Naval Memorial, Gettysburg, PA

2014 – Seattle, WA – Hosts Robert Terhune, LTJG, 64-66/Jim Goodspeed, LT, 63-66 – 15 Shipmates Attended – USS Turner Joy DD-951, Bremerton, WA

2015 – Santa Fe, NM – Host Frank Cowling, ETR2, 65-67 – 21 Shipmates Attended – Inn at Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2016 – Wilmington, NC – Host Richard Papeska, MM2, 68-70 – 30 Shipmates Attended – USS North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

2017 – Arlington, TX – Host Frank Stepka, SN, 70-73 – 23 Shipmates Attended – Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX

2018 – Milwaukee, WI – Host Karl Weber, BT2, 67-70 – 32 Shipmates Attended – Milwaukee County War Memorial, Milwaukee, WI

2019 – Atlanta, GA – Host Fred Gehrisch, ETN2, 66-68 – 22 Shipmates Attended – Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA

2020 – Cancelled

2021 – Cancelled                                                                                                                                                   

 

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