This Association is a non-profit organization incorporated and registered with the State of Colorado. This is an association of those who are former members of any United States Ship bearing the name of Sterett. Also included in the membership are family members and friends of Sterett, interested in seeing that the history and traditions of the Sterett are preserved. Operation of the Association is governed by a set of by-laws, and its elected and appointed officers. Elected officers are restricted to being former crewmen of any of the ships named USS STERETT (DD 27, DD 407, DLG/CG 31 and DDG 104).
The inception of the association was due to the efforts of Dave Wolf and Elden Miller who served aboard Sterett in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These two shipmates wanted to get together with some of their shipmates who served with them over 25 years before. A list and search were started along with an information website, started by Elden Miller. The end result was a formal reunion that included almost 50 former shipmates.
The USS STERETT Association was officially formed at that reunion held in Aurora, Colorado on June 19-21, 1998. At that time a business meeting was held and a vote to form the Association passed by an overwhelming majority. In April of 1999, the association became an officially registered non-profit organization by the State of Colorado.
The operation of the Sterett Association is entirely supported by donations and membership dues. Management of the association is performed entirely by volunteers and unpaid officers, elected at business meetings held at each reunion. The association maintains a web presence for the purpose of locating and contacting former shipmates and friends, to support communication of Association activities, events, and news of interest to former shipmates and website visitors wanting to learn about the Sterett ships, their crews, and heritage.