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  USS Basilone DD-824, DDE-824
Gearing Class Destroyer

2,425 Tons
390' x 40' 10" x 14' 10"
6 x 5" Guns
12 x 40mm
2- x torpedo tubes
6 x depth charge proj
2 x depth charge racks

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December 21, 1945

Ship History
Laid down on 7 July 1945 at Orange, Texas, by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd. Launched December 21, 1945. Named in honor of Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone and sponsored by Sgt. Lena Mae Basilone, USMCWR, his widow.

After the end of World War II, the destroyer was inactive for more than two years, then selected for conversion to an escort destroyer (DDE). ATA-211 towed Basilone from Orange, Texas, to Quincy, Massachusetts, where the ship was converted by the Bethlehem Steel Co. Redesignated DDE-824 on 28 January 1948 and commissioned on 26 July 1949 with commander Mark E. Dennett in command.

Basilone was decommissioned on 1 November 1977, and her name was struck from the Navy List that same day. After serving as a target for missile-firing exercises.

Sinking History
On April 9, 1982 sunk in the Atlantic Ocean about 80 miles east of St. Augustine, Florida.

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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