have established contact with the family of John Charles England! His
daughter Tora (Victoria) England married Commander Bob Glenn (Naval Aviator)
in 1965 at NAS Alameda. She was then a flight attendant for Pan Am.
They have two grown daughters, each of whom have provided them with a
grandson! Commander Glenn wrote, "We have been aboard CG22
twice, the first time was in San Diego while I was still on active duty
sometime in 1976,(had dinner), and again when the ship was in Portland,
Oregon for the annual Rose Festival, this was in the early eighties (lunch
this time)." They
are living in Texas and we hope to have more information about them and John
Charles England in the near future. Thank you to all the shipmates and
friends who assisted in our search for John England's family. Welcome aboard
to the England/Glenn family.
Charles England's Shipmate!
We have found an officer from USS Oklahoma who knew John England. In 1941
LCDR Gordon E. Douglass USN (ret) was an ensign on board USS Oklahoma. Both
of them were in "C Division" and stationed in Radio One for GQ and
various watches. Of John England, LCDR Douglass said, "He was about
six foot tall, hansom, with dark slightly wavy hair. There was no guile in
him. He was very honest and open and trusted that what he told you would be
held in highest confidence. He was clean and neat in his personal
appearance, and I never heard him use any profanity."
USS Oklahoma BB-37
they had a division officer who liked to badger the junior officer and John
England replaced LCDR Douglass in this role.
though, could neither understand the callous attitude of the Radio
officer, nor his utter disregard of the feelings of others. On the other
hand, John, himself was kind and considerate to all of us, who were on the
coding board as well as to the radiomen, yeomen and the mess attendants.
He learned that whenever I was required to have my lunch served to me on a
tray, that I would order an extra piece of fruit or two for the enlisted
men. the men got very little fresh fruit. John started doing this also."
far as I know he was the only C division officer to lose his life. I have
never been able to check these figures, but I believe that our division
was comprised of about eighty men. almost fifty were killed in the
Douglass went on to serve on board USS Enterprise CV-6. "I was on
Big E for eighteen months during which time the ship earned nine battle
stars, a presidential Unit citation and another award for accompanying
General Doolittle's bombers on their attack on Tokyo."
hope to have more from LCDR Douglass in the future.
Reunion - July 26-29, 2001 San Diego
is now a separate page on this site for information about the Reunion.
Remember, you must sign up as On-Line
Crew to have information about the reunion mailed to you. In
2001 we will be putting the finishing touches on our reunion plans and we
need all of you to help! How? By being a part of the reunion! sign up as On-Line
Site Renovation Continues
Long time users know that the USS England DLG/CG-22 web site
started to change a bit toward the end of last year. We are now completing
the design changes to the main site and we hope you like the new look! More
brass and roll over effects were added as we continue to out do the other
ships' web sites, just as USS England always shined. There
is now a very large box of items waiting to be placed on the web site. These
will be added over the next several months so please keep checking in for
also find that more content has been added to the DE-635
site, mostly articles and information.
Destroyers, Pacific Fleet, 29 August 1944 Report. A very detailed
and interesting report on the actions during the time USS ENGLAND sunk
six submarines in May of 1944. This includes three
"enclosures" which provide the details. Document provided by
Ed Arterburn (from the crew of DE-635).
Captain - Chapter 15, describing the impact of USS England's sinking
of six submarines on the Japanese war strategy. An amazing look from the
other side. The book is out of print but used copies can be found if one
searches. Take some time and explore the DE-635
site. The history is fascinating!
of a Legacy, an article from Trail-Plus, January 21, 1994, on the
occasion of the decommissioning of CG-22. It has information about
DE-635 and John C. England.
Fall of the I-Boats, American Legion Magazine, December 1980,
Article about Japanese submarine use in world Ward II that discusses USS
War II Magazine, January 1997 Article on USS England DE-635.
Shipmates are encouraged to send
in sea stories for possible publication here. The news in November's
newsletter concerning the passing of Capt. Ammerman stirred many. Here
is another one of the stories sent in.
By John Gannon BTCS(ret) USN
I have a sea story for you. Capt. Ammerman pinned my
Chief's Devices on me at the end of my initiation in Bremerton at the PSNS
during overhaul in the mid Seventies. I have a picture of the event. Part
of my initiation was to wake him up at 0430 and inform him that I, Boot
Chief Gannon, had determined in my infinite wisdom that it was time for
him to heave out and trice up! He was staying at the BOQ at the time so
several other officers were witness to my folly. For those of you that
knew him, can just imagine the fear that was in my heart as I stood in the
face of this very stern appearing gentleman, standing there in his
skivvies. He looked me up and down and said " Thank you very much
Chief, now get the hell out of here!" He later told me that he
couldn't believe that I actually woke him up at that hour. In those days
we did those kinds of things to BOOT CHIEFS and like most senior officers
he was used to it and took it well. He was as always an officer and
a gentleman and I was sadden by his passing.
are they now?
Bill Haflich was the Navigator on board USS England from 1985 to
1987. He is currently Commanding officer of USS McClusky FFG-41,
home ported in San Diego and currently deployed.
Terry L. Johnson was the NTDS Maintenance Officer, Fire Control
Officer and Public Affairs Officer on board USS England from 1984 to
1987. He now lives in Maryland and is working for Logicon.
He is currently a Commander in the Naval Reserve and went over 25 years
on November 24, 2000. Congratulations Commander Johnson.
in your short bio for publication here!