President's Message


President’s Message, September, 2018


Ahoy Shipmates !

As our annual All Hands Reunion is fast approaching. and I must ask:
Where have all the shipmates gone?

There is much action on the Facebook pages. Most recently there have been some inquiries on the email.  I have responded by guiding the people here or to our Facebook pages.  

Speaking of reunions; it was decided at last year’s reunion in Portland that we would buddy up with the Destroyer Leaders Association in 2019, which consists of shipmates from the 5 ships designated as Destroyer Leaders.  That being said, our next Reunion will be near Boston. We have the dates & Hotel at this time. Hotel is the Crown Plaza Hotel,  801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI  02886 Reunion Dates  Sept 9-- Sept 16, 2019 Room Rate $ 109.00 / night + tax   Rate is good 3+/- reunion Dates. With fee Airport Hotel Shuttle from & To TF Green (providence Airport) 
We will have our own separate Hospitality room.  
Working on 2 tours at this time
We also decided to test the relationship that we would have with DLA, then determining if we can continue on. We will keep you posted as this test relationship develops. We will have to see how this plays out. Before making a commitment.

At each of our reunions, we conduct a 2 Bell Ceremony to commemorate all of those that have fallen. Please let us know of any departed shipmates you are aware of !

If you are reading this, either from the Web Site, from Facebook, or from a direct mailing, it is obvious that you have an interest in preserving the memory of the USS Coontz: be it as DLG-9 or DDG-40. Same ship, only the names and ports have changed protect civilians!  So please remember the old girl and become a member of this Association. Then, hopefully you will consider attendance at one (or all) of ou annual Reunions. Our aim is to keep the memory of the USS Coontz alive, since she has been decommissioned and dismantled.  We currently make an annual donation toward the upkeep for the USS Coontz Memorial in Hannibal, Missouri.

If you wish to do your part in keeping the memory of the USS Coontz alive, please go to the Home page on this site and download the form necessary to join. Remember, Membership is $20/yr, or $300/life. You’ve made your place in history. Help us keep it there!!
The Association needs your help in trying to keep the Memory of the Coontz alive!

For other news about the Coontz as posted by some of your former shipmates, please check our Facebook Pages by clicking both Facebook 1 and Facebook 2.


Chuck DeSbato


USS Coontz Association

A-Gang '74 - '76