Login is only necessary to access the newsletters.

Website ID:



Want DLA
the order form.

Become a DLA member. Download the
Member Application form.


Welcome Shipmates!

The Destroyer Leader Association is a nonmilitary, nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nonprofit organization of sailors who served aboard the U.S. Navy's only five ships to have been classified as a Destroyer Leader. The overall objective of the Association is to provide coordinated means for these veterans to meet periodically and to serve as a resource for the preservation of historical information and events related to the ships and their crews. The Association also is an intermediary to the public for its better understanding of the contributions of its members' naval service. Annual reunions of the combined membership are the primary means for camaraderie and reminiscing.

In 1997, members of the ships established an informal group known as the "Destroyer Leader Group." Since then, the group had been growing with its objectives becoming expanded and more defined and managed. As a result of this refinement, the members decided that formal recognition of the group was appropriate. At the Business Meeting during the reunion in Colorado Springs, Colo. on 28 September 2002, the members elected to incorporate. On 12 November 2002, the group officially incorporated as the Destroyer Leader Association under the leadership of a Board of Directors and other officials. The result is a fine-tuned outfit of which its members are proud. We encourage all veterans of the respective ships to join the Association.

Warm regards,
Larry Rossi




The End of Summer Newsletter is online.
Log in to get it!!

Want DLA stuff?
Get the new order form and buy things.

Read the Perils of a New England Winter submited by Lawrence Rush, USS Willis A. Lee, DL4

Dave Mader, author of DL 4-1968 Mediterranean Cruise, submitted that and the CoC (Change of Command) Pamphlet for your review.
Click here to get both documents.