The USS Waddell DDG-24 Association was formed on March 10, 2001. The purpose of the Association, as stated in its by-laws, is to maintain and promote a strong, cohesive organization composed of shipmates who served aboard the USS Waddell DDG-24 or the HS Nearchos D219, as Waddell was designated following its transfer to Greece to serve as a unit of the Hellenic Navy. The goal of the Association is to foster a spirit of goodwill among its members and to afford opportunities for communication, enjoyment, companionship, recreation and involvement. The Association seeks to perpetuate the camaraderie developed among men who served on board the Waddell or the Nearchos, and to preserve the ship’s prominent place in history as a Warship in the service of the modern navy of the United States of America and of Greece.

As a member in good standing, here are a few of the many benefits you will receive.

1. Be invited to attend business meetings of the Association at its Annual Reunions.

2. Be eligible to vote on all matters brought before such business meetings, including the election of directors of the Association and the selection of reunion sites.

3. Be eligible to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors and as officer of the Association, and on the committees of the Association.

4. Receive a discount on items purchased from the Waddell Ship’s Store.

5. Receive a subscription to the Waddell’s newsletter.

Membership dues for the Association are $24 per year or $36 for three years. The membership dues-year is from July 1 to June 30. New members may join at any time by paying dues equal to $2 per month for each month or part thereof prior to the next occurring July 1. For example, a new member joining in September would pay $20 for a term ending June 30.

Membership funds will be used to help offset the costs associated with maintaining the Association, conducting its normal business activities, and helping finance the short- and long-term goals of the Association, such as our support for the Adams Class Ship Museum being established in Florida by the Jacksonville Historic Navy Ship Association with the support of the Adams Class Veterans Association.

There were 29 Adams Class DDGs built during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Twenty-three were built for the United States Navy, three for the German Navy, and three for the Royal Australian Navy. Those ships are no longer in active service, although one survives as a museum ship in Germany. It is imperative the USS Waddell DDG-24 Association, along with other Adams Class Associations, work as one unit to restore and save in the United States at least one of these Warships. The USS Waddell DDG-24 Association will support the effort now underway to save and restore the Charles F. Adams DDG-2, the only surviving United States Navy Adams class DDG, as a museum ship in Jacksonville, Florida.

Have your voice heard. Help us to keep alive the memory of one of the finest Warships in the history of the United States Navy and the crews who served aboard her. Become a member of the USS Waddell DDG-24 Association today.

You can join the Association by clicking on the Log Book tab, complete and submit the online form, or you may print out the form and mail it to us at the address below. After completing the form, you have the option of making your payment by PayPal or by check. Please make your payment in the amount of $40.00, $24.00, or a partial year amount, determined as explained above, by PayPal or by check payable to the USS Waddell DDG-24 Association mailed to:

Larry McCluskey
P.O. Box 111
Townsend, VA 23443

Upon our receipt your membership fee, you will be issued a membership certificate and also an official USS Waddell DDG-24 Challenge Coin.