Hull Number: DD-824
Launch Date: 12/21/1945
Commissioned Date: 07/26/1949
Decommissioned Date: 11/01/1977
Call Sign: NAYQ
Voice Call Sign: Kenwood
Other Designations: DDE-824
Data for USS Gearing (DD-710) as of 1945
Length Overall: 390’ 6"
Beam: 40’ 10"
Draft: 14’ 4"
Standard Displacement: 2,425 tons
Full Load Displacement: 3,479 tons
Fuel capacity: 4,647 barrels
Six 5″/38 caliber guns
Two 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 34.6 knots
Namesake: JOHN BASILONE
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
Born in Buffalo, N. Y., 4 November 1916, John Basilone enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940. He served at various posts in the United States before being transferred to the field. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on Guadalcanal, 24-25 October 1942. Gunnery Sergeant Basilone was killed in action on Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945 and was awarded a posthumous Navy Cross.
Stricken 11/1/1977. Sunk as target off NE Florida 4/9/1982.