The USS Coontz Association is dedicated to preserving the memory of the USS Coontz (DLG 9/DDG 40), and the men and women that served aboard her!

For Membership Information, contact any Association Officer:


The dates for the 2017 USS Coontz Reunion in Portland, Oregan are 

September 14 - 17.

Check out the Reunions page to get all the details as we know them at this point in time. A more complete itiniery is available on the Reunions Web Page and on our Facebook page.




Ahoy Shipmates from the USS Coontz (DLG9/DDG40).

The 2017 USS Coontz Reunion is fast approaching.

The deadline for contacting the Hotel and getting the reduced room rate is August 18.

And Remember: Membership for the USS Coontz Association is now Free. You can become a member by following the instructions at the bottom of this page.

 Minutes of USS Coontz Association Meeting, September 30, room 2016


USS Coontz Association
2016 Business Meeting
Charleston, SC

Meeting called to order by President Tony Hubbard on Saturday, 1-Oct.(2016) at 1606 hrs.

The Minutes of the 2015 meeting were read by Sec’y Al Durazo. There was no discussion and the minutes were accepted unanimously by the members present.

The Financial Report was presented orally by the Treasurer, Red Bennett. He said that he will email a copy to any member that request it. The costs of this 2016 reunion will be breaking even, but we are minus $271 due to maintenance costs. Our total current balance is $5,054. Motion was made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report and it passed unanimously.

The next new business item was to discuss the site of the 2018 Reunion. The following cities were discussed; San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, Oklahoma City, and Hannibal, Mo. (site of Coontz Transom Memorial). After discussion, it was voted on and San Antonio was the winning city. Wayne Cooper graciously volunteered to be in charge of organizing the reunion.

We also discussed the task of all the membership finding and encouraging all shipmates to join the Coontz Association and to attend the reunions.

This year we elect the office of Vice-President and Treasurer. Dan Lorimer was elected to Vice-President and Red Bennett was elected to the office of Treasurer.

Life-time Awards were presented to Wayne Cooper, Tony Hubbard, Nicholas Forlano, and In Memorium to Frank Livengood (presented to his son Richard Gallaher).

Last order of business was to vote to reimburse Dan Lorimer for his personal expenditure in organizing our 2016 reunion- this was moved, seconded,and passed unanimously.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1458 hrs. until our 2017 reunion in Portland, OR.

After the meeting was adjourned we conducted an auction of several items to raise funds for the upkeep of the USS Coontz Memorial in Hannibal, MO.


Something to Ponder!

I would encourage everyone that to join the Coontz Association, and to start attending furure reunions . All of us are getting older, and this is a chance to relive our youth and to help make sure that the memory of the USS Coontz lives on.

We are very hopeful that you will be attending the 2017 USS Coontz Reunion in Portland, OR. However, if you are not attending, please keep the USS Coontz Association in mind. You can now join the Association now for free and we will keep you on out mailing list.

Several years ago, we used a portion of the Association's excess money to purchase the fantail of the Coontz after she was dismantled.  The fantail was donated by the Association to Hannibal Mo. and was used to create a monument to the USS Coontz along the Mississippi River. The Association also makes annual donations for the upkeep of this monument.

When you join the Association, you can also to have your contact information listed on the Association website so that ex-shipmates can communicate with you.

To join the USS Coontz Association, simply download the form associated with the link below, print it out (using Word or something similar), fill the form out and send it (email or via the Post Office) to Red Bennett, Treasurer of the Association. Membership is free!!!