ENGLAND DLG/CG-22 REUNION II JUNE 12 - 15 2003! Planning for all
tours, packages and all of the event are completed and the registration
packet was made available in the last newsletter. RADM
Hugh Webster USN (Ret.) has
agreed to speak at the reunion. You’ll remember that in 2001 he gave a
wonderful talk which made us laugh and remember. He'll definitely be a
great speaker for us this year and we're honored to have him.
to former commanding officers and previous speakers went out two weeks
ago. Hopefully there will be some more response. Also, consider this
an official call for speakers going out to the former officers and crew
of USS England.
reunion’s Chaplain Mark Allison is in the National Guard and will
either be drilling or deployed at the time of our reunion. He continues
to serve as do so many! We are lucky to have these men and women, our
we are in need of a Chaplain for the event! If you've experience in this
areas, step up, speak up and volunteer.
can reserve now for one, two or all three big nights of fun at the USS
England Reunion! Thursday night we'll have a welcome reception, Friday
night we'll have a Western BBQ Dinner with entertainment (bring your
boots) and Saturday we'll have our banquet and speakers. There
will also be a Hospitality Room, tours (ASW Base, Navy Ship and the San
Diego Zoo) and before you leave, breakfast on Sunday and a memorial
service. You do not want to miss this event!!!! You can custom tailor
the event to you needs and you can reserve today!
registration is in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view, download
a copy of Adobe
know that the registration packet will only be mailed you On Line Crew
members who've either requested that it be mailed to them, or do not
have working e-mail addresses in the On line Crew database. If you
cannot use the on-line registration packet, then e-mail DinaMLRS@aol.com
and request the USS England 2003 Reunion Registration Packet.
Alternatively you can call 828-256-6008. You can also use that number to
make any special requests.
get your registration in now!!!
Mini-Reunions can get us ready for the main event and be a lot of fun!
These are very informal gatherings!
We need coordinators for such events who will step up, find a
location and call a mini-reunion. I’ll
host the next one in Orange County on April
26, 2002 1300 (that's 1:00 PM) BJ’s
Grill and Brewery, 600
Brea Mall Drive Brea, CA 92821, (714) 990-2095.
plan on attending one of these events. If you’d like to host a
Mini-Reunion, it is easy. Pick a place and a time. We’ll announce it
on the web site!
CALL: We need a coordinator or at least someone to assist for the
Mini Reunion in San Diego for the beginning of May. All you have to do
is find an appropriate place and time, call them and ensure they'll have
space and write to firstname.lastname@example.org
to coordinate and announce the event. Please, someone, step up and help
Corner: USS Slater DE-766
Would you like to get a feel of what life was like on the USS England
DE-635? One of the only World War II era Destroyer Escorts (DE) on
display as a museum is in Albany New York as the Destroyer
Escort Historical Museum.
Volunteers there are working hard to restore the ship to its World War
II configuration. You might
also recognize her from her role in the movie "The Guns of Navarone."
Class Destroyer Escort USS
Slater is named for Frank O. Slater of Alabama,
a sailor killed aboard the USS San Francisco during the Battle of
Guadalcanal in 1942. The USS Slater was "laid down" 9 March
1943, launched 13 February 1944 and Commissioned 1 May 1944. She
operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific. She was placed in reserve in
May of 1947. On March 1,
1951, SLATER was transferred to the Hellenic Navy under the Truman
Doctrine. Renamed Aetos-01, the ship served as a Hellenic Navy Officer
Training Vessel until 1991 when Greece donated the ship to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.
A Russian tugboat brought the vessel back to New York City
from Crete on August 27, 1993 where it was docked next to USS Intrepid
and restoration began. On Sunday 26 October 1997 she arrived in Albany,
Cannon Class is very similar to the Buckley class. Therefore one can get
a good feel for what life was like on USS England DE-635 and learn about
here weaponry and pother systems first hand.
She spends her summers in Albany but winters in Renssalaer, NY
where tours are not available. Tours are given in the summer only (April
through November) at Broadway, foot of Madison ("Snow Dock" adjacent
Dunn Memorial Bridge), Albany, NY,
Wednesday through Sunday,10:00 am to 4:00 pm with ticket sales
and the gift shop being in the parking lot.
for USS Slater is from donations and also generated from fees for tours
that are given by volunteers. Much of the work on board is performed by
volunteers. They also have
a “wish list” of items for the ship that includes electronics,
manuals, weapons and personal items.
This list can be found on their web site.
If you’d like to volunteer you time and expertise to the
effort, call (518)
431-1943! In Summer (April
through November) work crews
are Monday through Wednesday at the Albany location.
In winter work crews gather Monday through Saturday,
40 Riverside Avenue, Port of Renssalaer (one mile downriver from
the Albany location, East bank), Renssalaer, NY. If you can, get down
there and help!!!
Recently they’ve been denied a $200,000.00 turned
down by the Interior Department for our 2002 Save America's Treasures
Grant and therefore donations would certainly be welcomed and encouraged
(don’t forget to write “from USS England” on your check and DEHF
from so they know what groups is stepping up to help). Donations are tax
deductible and a form to join the DEHF can be found at http://www.ussslater.org/dehm.html#form.
details about the ship, tours, donations, and more can be found at http://www.ussslater.org!
The Slater Signals Newsletter is great so sign up for that!
ENGLAND WEB FORUM
A great way to get in touch with shipmates, talk about the
ship, share sea stores or discuss the reunion is to us the On Line
Forum! Signing up take only a few seconds and the forum is easy to
use. Check it out at:
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retired on 02/03/07.