Summer 2021

Due to the Coronavirus, the 2020 reunion was canceled and has been rescheduled for October 25-29, 2021, in Myrtle Beach. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the final reunion.

Read the new Summer 2021 Newsletter.

View the 2019 Reunion Book.

Paul Ratcliff Paul Ratcliff

Read the message from President Paul Ratcliffe
The Association will be ceasing activity after the final reunion, to be held October 25-29, 2021, in Myrtle Beach, SC.


June 2021

The Association will be ceasing activity after the final reunion to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC in October, 2021.

Welcome to the website of the USS Bristol DD857. This site was created to share its history with shipmates and others who might be interested.

The USS Bristol Veterans Association was formed in 1998 by several men who had served on the Bristol. Their goal was to bring together shipmates who had served aboard her from commissioning in 1945 until decommissioning in 1969.

During the 22-year life of the Association, the membership grew from 124 in 1998 to a peak of 291 in 2007 to 130 today. The age of the membership today runs from 69 to 99. There have been seven Presidents including our current President Paul Ratcliffe who has served since 2013.

The annual reunions have been very happy occasions. They brought together shipmates who had not seen each other in 40 or more years and allowed them to connect with others that served before or after them. We will miss the camaraderie.

We invite you to spend some time reviewing our website and the wealth of information and history it contains. The following highlights some of the content under the various tabs.


There are several sections here but of particular interest would be the “Photo Album” tab which will bring you to photos grouped by years- 1945-49, 1950 -54, 1955 -1959 and the 1960’s. From the occupation of Japan in 1945 to the crossing of the equator, to the many cruises the ship took during the next 20 years.


This section honors all shipmates who we know have passed away since the Association was first formed in 1998. If you are aware of any shipmates who have passed away and are not listed please let us know by using the “Contact Us” tab.


All current members of the association are listed. The members are listed by name, and years of service. The page is designed to allow you to view the names in alphabetical order or by years of service. Just click on either “Sort by name” or “Sort by years of service”


Quarterly newsletters since Summer 2019 are stored here.


The annual reunion is the highlight of the year. The shipmates gather to enjoy themselves for several days remembering the highlights of their time aboard the Bristol. Old friendships are renewed and new ones are made. The SEA STORIES get more exciting as the years go on. Our own Duane Haugan has been producing the reunion book by himself for many years now.

To see a list of recent postings and updates click here: What's New

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