DESA is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the
"Trim But Deadly" ships on which its members served.
What do you get when you become a member of DESA? The
organization exists primarily to offer a means of fellowship and communication among DE
sailors. This is accomplished through a bi-monthly publication, DESANews, through which
members and chapters can contribute information about their ship and crewmen.
carries news of ship reunions, chapter events, TAPS, lists of new members and
special features about pre and post-WWII DEs, just to mention a few topics. The organization,
through the paper and this web site, facilitates contact among destroyer escort sailors.
Members can attend the annual DESA Convention. Many ships use
the convention as a host site for their own reunions. The 42nd annual convention will be held in Albany, NY., September 3-7, 2017.
You can view photos from previous conventions in the DESA Archives.
Membership is very affordable for everyone
One Year Membership $30.00
Two Year Membership $48.00
Three Year Membership $67.00
Membership is open to officers
enlisted men who served in a World War II type destroyer escort of the EVARTS, RUDDEROW,
BUCKLEY, EDSALL, CANNON or JOHN C. BUTLER class. These DEs served in all conflicts
- World War II, Korea, Vietnam through the Cold War.
There were 43 DEs converted to APDs after
commissioning, and 56 others were converted during ship-building. An additional 76
DEs were built between 1952 and 1972 and were in service for 20+ years. They were DEALEY,
JONES, GARCIA, BRONSTEIN, BROOKE and KNOX classes. Personnel who served in these
ships at any time are eligible for membership.
Associate Membership is open to the wife, widow, children, grandchildren
or other close relatives of a DE sailor.
Sustaining Membership is open to any U.S. Navy or Coast Guard veteran who
served on a ship participating in antisubmarine warfare or any person having an interest
in DEs specifically or in military affairs in general.
Associate and Sustaining are non-voting memberships. Except for Son(s) or Grandson (s) of a DE Sailor living or deceased.
Are you ready to join? We sure hope so! Just
click on the membership
Not sure about joining? Let us help you decide. Allow us to send you a complimentary
issue of DESANews and information about the benefits of becoming a DESA member. When you
see all the great information in our newspaper, we know you will want to join. There is no
obligation, of course. Please complete the membership form and
follow the instructions to receive a free newspaper and membership information.
Do you have questions or need more information?