July - August 2001
A Great Reunion July 26-29, 2001 San Diego!!!
2001 reunion was a success! The numbers are in and we had over 160 attendees
at the reunion! The large turn out surprised everyone! In
searching the other Guided Missile Cruiser web sites, our first reunion was
larger than any reunion that any of the other ships has ever had! USS
England is the best even today!
were dinners, a luau, folks trapped in an elevator and much more! Each night
we had a good crowd with most attending the Saturday night banquet. We
had excellent speakers! ADM Henry H. Mauz Jr. USN (ret), CO of USS England
from 1980 to 1982, RADM Hugh Webster
USN (ret), CO of the ship from 1978 to 1980, CAPT Coenraad van der Schroeff
USN (ret), CO of the ship from 1988 to 1990, CAPT Peter Gaskin USN (ret),
the last CO of USS England, as well as former XO and Operations Officer, Chaplain
Mark Allison, Chaplin of the ship from
1989 to 1992, and CWO4 George P. Evans USN (ret),
Assistant Fire Control Officer and Fire Control Officer from 1977
until 1983, all deserve a very special thank you for their
informative, entertaining and inspirational messages.
all of those who attended, thank you! The reunion was a great success
because you showed up and created an event atmosphere that could be enjoyed
by all! Seeing shipmates who'd not seen each other, many for decades, as
they reunited, was very special! The camaraderie, cooperation and team
sprit that have always been a part of USS England were in full strength. A
large number of attendees came to the Business Meeting on Saturday and
plotted the future of USS England. There is obviously a great deal of
interest in our collective future and there is no doubt it will be great!
|The USS England Forum was retired
head over to the Web
Forum and post your reunion stories and discuss the event. There are
pictures from the event on the Reunion 2001
page. This was a great event and a huge success!
that done, perhaps the long dormant Model
Project will get attention once again!
USS England Reunion II - Summer 2003
the 2001 reunion, we had a business meeting in which it was decided to hold
the next reunion in San Diego again! This was the home port of USS England
for much of her career and the preponderance of shipmates live on the west
coast, which will ensure another successful event. This is very important
until we find more shipmates so we can guarantee attendance in other
locations for future reunions. To ensure we do have the numbers to support
these events, all hands must get involved! Everyone go out and find your
friends and lets get them in on this! We could easily have 320 attendees or
more the next time around! To do that we need each of you to get out and
find your friends and shipmates. Get them signed up at On
can you keep up on Details about out next reunion? Book mark the 2003
Reunion Web Page and ensure you are signed up as On
Just before the reunion Operation
King was announced! In 1944 Admiral Halsey himself expressed his desire
that there always be an England when he sent a message in which he described
the exploits of DE-635
as "a matter of great pride
to the whole South Pacific Team." He
continued to say, "May there all
ways be an England. Well done and congratulations to all hands."
after the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral E. J. King promised "There'll
always be an ENGLAND in the United States Navy."
So where is she?
of responsibility to our ship, her history continues to this day and our
efforts now may be the most important in regard to England history that we,
the officers and crew of DLG/CG-22, have ever undertaken. We must return the
name England to the seas. Details of the steps you can take to help make
this happen can be found on the Operation
Dennis H. Vied
I am a graduate of
the US Naval Academy Class
of 1960. One of my classmates was ADM Hank Mauz. I am a plank owner
and I was the first Missile Officer. I signed the first log entry as
OOD when she was commissioned. Actually, I ordered her to be placed in
commission, upon the direction of Captain William Caspari. My able
crew, under the direction of Ens. Jim Goudreau, Asst. Missile Officer, and
Chief McKelvey, Missiles Chief, had prepared the show missiles, (Blue and
Gold), for loading on the launchers fore and aft. Fire Control gang,
under the direction of my roommate, Lt. Pete Camp, Fire Control Officer, had
draped the missile director antennae with circular red, white, and blue
bunting. The missile launchers and directors remained trained fore and
aft, until the moment of commissioning. (I don't remember for sure if
it was piped or bugled; I think piped). When directed by Capt. Caspari,
I gave the order, the boatswain's mate passed the word that the ship was now
in commission, and all together, the missiles shot out onto the launchers,
then the launchers and directors trained 90 degrees toward the crowd on the
pier. Perhaps the quarterdeck watch, (and the crew below), were the
only ones there who couldn't see it, but the "OOHs" and "AAHs"
from the crowd informed us that it was effective. The England had come
to life. It was a proud and moving moment for us all. What an
honor to have been there!
Are They Now?
This newsletter has a few biographies of our speakers
from the reunion! These were to be included in the program but an error
prevented their inclusion.
Hank Mauz USN (Ret.)
from our first newsletter (September 1999) "We moved to Pebble
Beach and then I became involved in farming on a large scale in the San
Joaquin Valley. That lasted about 3 years and I am now traveling for the
government to various parts of the world, doing some 'board' work, serving
on a couple of non-profit boards in this area, and tending to family
business matters. We have a house in Colorado that we are now renovating
and that takes us there a lot too. I am from Colorado and my family still
lives in the Denver area."
Admiral Hugh Webster USN (Ret.)
in Annapolis, Md., graduated USNA
Class of 1955. Played in the Sugar Bowl on Navy Team Named Desire
(Navy 21 - Ole Miss 0). Commanded three ships; USS
REXBURG, PC-855, USS
SOMERS, DDG-34, USS ENGLAND, CG-22. Served numerous tours in Pentegon
(OP-NAV). Commanded COMNAVSURFGROUPWESTPAC / CTF 73 / CTF 75. Led CTF 75
to Quindoa, PRC in 1986. Retried in 1991 as Commander Operational Test
& Evaluation Force. Lives in San Diego with his wife Peggy.
Pete Gaskin USN (Ret.)
Pete Gaskin, a native of New York City, was commissioned in 1966 through
the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1974 he also
received a Masters in Business Administration from Pennsylvania's Wharton
his 30 years in the Navy he served at sea in Destroyers, Cruisers [3 tours
on ENGLAND] , the Battleship NEW
JERSEY, Cruiser/Destroyer and Carrier Battle Group staffs.
His command tours included USS
MEYERKORD [FF 1058], USS ENGLAND [CG 22], Advanced Tactical Support
Base, Phouc Xuyen, RVN and Military Sealift Command Far East, Yokohama
Japan. Captain Gaskin retired in July 1999 and returned to the Point Loma
area of San Diego where he resides with his wife Mimsie.
George P. Evans USN (Ret.)
George P. Evans (USN, Ret.) was born in Mount Carmel, LA on 13 JAN 1942.
He is the son of Madie L. Evans and the late Charles P. Evans. He
graduated from George Washington Carver High School in De Ridder, LA on
29 MAY 1959 and joined the Navy on 02 JUN 1959.He
served as Fire Control Striker and Fire Control Technician in USS
Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748), USS Bausell (DD-845),
USS Coontz (DLG-9)
and USS Reeves (DLG-24).He served as an instructor at Guided Missile
System Training School at Mare Island, CA. While at Mare Island, he was
promoted to FTMC in 1967 and Warrant Office (W-1) in 1968. CWO4 Evans
served as Technical Assistant, Assistant Fire Control Officer, and Fire
Control Officer in USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG/CG-17), USS
Long Beach (CGN-9), and USS England (CG-22).
He retired from active duty 01 FEB 1983 and lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.
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