In just a few days we celebrate the signing of the
Declaration of Independence. 225 years ago some very bold and brave men took
the steps to create this country. People paid in blood then and since to
maintain our freedoms. People have given of themselves so much so that we
could enjoy our lives as we do. July 4th is a very special day. Few people
in this word celibate such a thing! Freedom! We are lucky. Enjoy your
Independence Day. You have earned it!
Month Away! Reunion Update- July 26-29, 2001 San Diego
Two years ago July 26-29, 2001 seemed pretty far
away. At that time there was no
reunion even planned! Now the first USS England DLG/CG-22 reunion is just
about one month away! We are going to have a better than expected crowd so
this will be a great event! You do not want to miss it! After July
8th you will find a list of those who are registered thus far on this web
site. An announcement will go out as well. If you see a friend you wanted to
see, then sign up! This is a major opportunity that you cannot afford to
pass up! Time is running out very quickly!
packets were due on June 26. This does not mean you cannot come to the
reunion if you have not sent yours in! It
means you need to call 828-256-6008!
You need to get your reservation and deposits/payments in ASAP! They’ll be
able to tell you what is still available. The only issue might be hotel
rooms and if you need assistance, let me know. Call first! Please
also sign in as On Line Crew
so we can keep you up to date! If you have any problems, concerns,
issues or questions, please get in touch with me ASAP via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone at 714-961-6840.
preparations are now underway. This is going to be a fun reunion and our
fist chance to plan for the future! For those who will be at the Friday
night Luau, please pack your Hawaiian shirts! You want to look that
part! USS England hats will match perfectly! MilitaryGifts.com
has great hats! You'll need this, order now and ask them to rush!
big event of the reunion is the banquet on Saturday evening. Coats and
ties are suggested for this more formal affair and for those still in
uniform, please put on your best! We have great speakers and this will the
the event everyone attends, so you'll be able to find your shipmates here!
A number of questions have come up regarding transportation to the hotel. The
Hanalei does not operate an airport shuttle.
Nine Shuttle which can be found outside baggage claim at Lindbergh Field
(SAN). Reservations & Information: inside San Diego County
1-800-974-8885 for outside San Diego County 858-974-8885. Shared
Ride service is $7.50 per passenger. Exclusive Shuttle (just you)
is $37.50. Classic Caddy Exclusive $29.00. Classic Limo Exclusive
$39.00. You can make a reservation on line at http://www.cloud9shuttle.com/.
are available outside baggage claim at Lindbergh Field (SAN). The cost
will be from $12.00 to $15.00 to the hotel.
Reunion is at the Red Lion Hanalei Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San
Diego, CA 92108.
you get to the hotel, check in with a representative from Military locator
and Reunion Service, Inc.
Is England In The Navy?
On May 18, 1944 the USS England DE-635 received
orders from Admiral Halsey to pursue a Japanese submarine believed to be
enroute to Buin, on the southeast tip of Bougainville.
The following day in company with destroyer escorts USS GEORGE and USS
RABY the USS England sank her first submarine. She would sink five more,
part of a Japanese scouting line, before the end of the month. These six
submarines in twelve days set a record that has never been equaled. On May
29, 1944 Admiral Halsey sent a message in which he described the feat 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." The Chief of Naval Operations,
Admiral E. J. King promised "There'll always be an ENGLAND in the
United States Navy."
promise was fulfilled. In 1960 when the keel of USS England DLG-22 was laid
down at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, California. She went to sea in 1963 and
the new USS England served in every major confrontation for the next thirty
years. She served her country while she carried the name of John Charles
England and the legacy of DE-635 into the modern age. Each of us who served
on her were a part of this and we carry on the tradition of England is our
today there is no USS England in the United States Navy! Many have asked for
one but so far it has not occurred. Of course that was before the officers
and crew of the mighty USS England reunited! With the combined officers and
crew from DE-635 and DLG.CG-22 we now have over 1,000 voices and countless
more supporters in families across the globe! This sound will be hard not to
the coming weeks we will be undertaking to change the situation and return a
USS England to the seas. It is our responsibility to do so just as it was
our responsibility to maintain our ship during our time on board. We'll need
all hands to help with this effort and it might be a long one. It will be a
chance to pass on that with which we were blessed, the England. It will be a
chance to bring the thread of history back into public view. Stand by for
more information on how you can assist!
CA Mini Reunion - June 30, 2001
The Brea Mini Reunion was called mostly because
Allan Singelton and Dennis O'Brien wanted to have a beer. So they invited
anyone else who wanted to come! R. Wayne Lawrence, the CIC Officer from 1963
to 1965, came and shared some great stories! Ron Phelps, Otto Berg, Duncan
Sanders, Wren D. Goodwine, Gordon Grahame and Larry Flicker all stopped in.
John Spivey brought cruise books in which many found them selves and their
friends. R. Wayne Lawrence donated two key chains to the USS England
archives, on a plank owners chain! Many in the group we reunited from
1968! Seeing Gordon Grahame reunite with Larry Flicker is the type of moment
that makes these events worth while and give an indication as to what to
expect in July! Click
here to see pictures!
Gordon Graham (64-68) and Larry Flickinger (68-70)reunite!
A few interesting facts:
are over 850 Shipmates signed up as On Line Crew thus far!
are 1382 pictures on this web site.
are 702 pages on this web site.
web site contains 100.591 Megabytes of data.
such a short time we have grown so much! What is is about USS England that
made her so special? Write about it and maybe it will end up here!
Many 55B Radars Did A Leahy Class DLG Have?
LT Dean F. Dunlop, who served on the mighty USS
England from Dec 1983 to April of 1988 wrote with a solution as to why the
CG model kits came with only one 55B radar each fore and aft. He
worked in Forward Missile radar otherwise know as Forward Control. He
says that the first six Leahy class cruisers where all built with just two
55B, one on each end. LT Dunlop goes on to say, "This story
was told to me from a guy that commissioned the England in the early
60's. I met this person from a port visit at the Portland Rose
festival. Sperry the original makers of the radar had a strike during the
building of the Leahy and the Yarnell DLG/CG-16 & 17. Because the
production of the Radar's were halted and only 16 radar's existed the Navy
had to decide to either put one radar per end or two radar's on just one
end. Since the Navy wasn't sure how long this strike would be or how
long it would take to populate the rest of the Radar's they put one Radar
per end. I don't know if that was the reason for your model only have
one per end but it seems to fit with the story that the guy gave me one
Oregon afternoon." Further proof of there being a time when some of
these ship had only one 55B on each end is given in this picture of the USS
Worden CG-18 below.
USS Worden CG-18 showing only two 55B
one forward and one aft!
Are They Now?
Owner Chuck Cunningham raised his
family and worked for Walt Disney. He did road shows for the company all
over the United States, Canada and Mexico staying in places such as New
Orleans and New York for three months at a time! He was part of the
crew formed at 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego and that was then
moved to Long Beach to commission USS England and then take her to
Vietnam. He was a Fireman in the aft Fire Room. Chuck's kids have
since grown and he has retired. He and his wife enjoy their leisure time
and travel. Chuck would very much like to hear from fellow Plank Owners
and friends from the early years of DGL-22. He can be reached e-mailed at email@example.com
, called at (562)429-5090 or write to him, Chuck Cunningham, 5818 Lanai
Street, Long Beach CA 90808.
Sheldon L. Margolis, USN (Ret)
Director, Lifetime Support Operations
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems
L. Margolis of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute under the NROTC regular program in 1965.
Sea tours included assignment as MPA/DCA and Chief Engineer, USS
Mullinnix (DD-944), Operations Officer and then Executive Officer, USS
LOWRY (DD-770), Combat Systems Officer, USS
JOUETT (CG-29), Executive Officer, USS ENGLAND (CG-22), and
Commanding Officer, USS LYNDE
Captain Margolis' shore assignments led to his designation as a proven
Weapon System Acquisition Manager. He holds an MSEE from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Ordnance Engineering, an MBA from Mary Washington
College, and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College
Off-Campus Seminar Program. He served as Field Project Officer for the
Aegis and CG/SM-2 weapon system programs, Officer-in-Charge of the Aegis
Combat System Engineering Development Site (CSEDS), and as Executive
Assistant to the Deputy Commander for Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval
Sea Systems Command.
Captain Margolis assumed command of the Aegis Training Center (ATC) in
January, 1987. In the over four years he was in command, the ATC received
four Aegis Excellence Awards from Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command,
and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Under his direction, the $500
million construction, system integration, and training activation project
was completed early, ensuring that training was in place prior to the new
Arleigh Burke class DDG's going to sea.
Captain Margolis served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Warfare
Requirements, Readiness and Training (N8) on the Commander, Naval Surface
Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff. Captain Margolis took command of the
Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific, his last active duty assignment, in
August 1993. Under his leadership, FCTCPAC became the principal training
technology development and integration center for CINCPACFLT, providing
integrated, multi-system/multi-port training throughout the PACFLT area of
Joining LM NE&SS - SS in July, 1995, he was given the assignment of
Capture Manager, to lead the Lockheed Martin Corporate Team in competing
for the position of Total Ship Systems Integrator on the Ingalls Full
Service Contractor Team. Winning this competition in October of 1995, he
was assigned as Program Manager, LPD-17 Program, leading all Lockheed
Martin Corporate efforts on this program. From February, 1997 to January,
1998, he was the Technical Director for the Arsenal Ship Program,
integrating the efforts of many Lockheed Martin businesses, two shipyards,
and other Aerospace companies on the team. He is now the Director,
Lifetime Support Operations for all Moorestown programs, including Aegis/FFG
(Domestic and International), CVN-77, and capture support for DD 21, the
Coast Guard Deepwater Program, and various international programs.
Captain Margolis lives in Voorhees, NJ, with Elizabeth and two teenagers,
Samantha and Scott.
Shikada was a Lieutenant on board USS England in the early 1980's.
He writes, "I just got around to reading the April Newsletter and
Carlos Luna's fantail boxing link caught my eye."
figured there could not have been too many smokers on the fantail, like
the one I was in during Westpac '82. Sure enough, I'm Luna's opposition in
the first two photos, in the blue "trunks." It may not look like
it, but I actually won the decision. I bet he didn't happen to mention
that!!! Well, maybe the judges felt obligated to let the boot LTjg win. Or
maybe they feared reprisal by my crew of hardcore and faithful BTs! As I
recall I was the only wardroom participant on the card that July day off
the coast of Oman."
retired last summer and gained employment with Lockheed Martin in
Moorestown, NJ." He goes on to say that
this is where
Sheldon Margolis works as well! Small world!