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  USS Basilone DD-824, DDE-824
Gearing-class destroyer

2,425 Tons
390' 6" x 40' 10" x 14' 4"
6 x 5"/38 guns
12 x 40mm AA guns
11 x 20mm AA guns
10 x 21" torpedo tubes
6 depth charge projectors
2 x depth charge tracks

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December 21, 1945
Ship History
Built by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd. in Orange, Texas. Laid down July 7, 1945. Launched December 21, 1945 in the U. S. Navy (USN) as USS USS Basilone DD-824 in honor of of John Basilone and sponsored by his widow Sgt. Lena Mae Basilone, USMCWR.

After the end of World War II, the destroyer was inactive for more than two years, then converted into an Escort Destroyer (DDE). Towed by ATA-211 from Orange, Texas, to Quincy, Massachusetts for the conversion by Bethlehem Steel Co. On January 28, 1948 redesignated DDE-824 and commissioned July 26, 1949 with commander Mark E. Dennett in command. On November 1, 1977 decommissioned and struck from the Navy List. Afterwards, used 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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August 4, 2020


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