Update- July 26-29, 2001 San Diego
have started to come in for the reunion and we are hoping for a great
turnout. Please send in your
reservation as soon as possible. Attending the event will not only allow you
to hear some fantastic speakers, have fun and restore friendships but will
also give you each the opportunity to plan our future.
New shipmates are showing up on the web site nearly every day!
Everyone seems very excited about the USS England reunion!
What will the future bring? A lot! But we’ll need the team work for
which USS England is known world over.
During the reunion, on Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 1630, there is a
business meeting scheduled at the hotel.
We not only need all of you at this, our first USS England reunion,
but we need you all at that meeting! It is there that you will be able to
help create the future!
the reunion information is available on the web site. Current details can be
you must sign up as On Line Crew to receive a reservation packet.
If you have singed up but have not received your packet, please call Dina
at 828-256-6008. If
you have any issues, problems, suggestions, questions, needs or interests
you'd like heard, then e-mail Dennis O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever can be done to get you to the reunion will be done! The more of us
that attend, the better the event will be!
Is USS England History Month!
Well at last it is here. Then again, every month
is USS England history month around here! May 19 is the date on which USS
England DE-635 sunk the first of the six submarines she sent to the bottom
in May of 1944. This feat has never been equaled! This would be a
great month to read up on DE-635. Lucky for you that is easy to do because
of this web site. Go read in the USS
England DE-635 Library! Show your family and friends and spread the
story of this great ship and her crew. Print out the story and give it to
others. Keep the history alive. In 1944 DE-635's accomplishments caused
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral E. J. King to say, "There'll
always be an ENGLAND in the United States Navy." Soon we'll
undertake the effort to give the Navy the opportunity to make good on those
words. You'll need to be completely versed in USS England so you can assist
so read up today!
From 2000 Visit To the Fleet Reserve Now On Line
a nearly a year delay, video from Suisun
Bay and USS England is available on the web site in the video room.
It is only available in RealPlayer format for both high and low
bandwidth connections. The high bandwidth version also has sound! Keep in my
that the camera operator and narrator were not of professional caliber and
much of the time the camera was simply perched on his shoulder while
maneuvering through the ship on May 25, 2000.
y y John
A. Williamson entered the Navy as a seaman and one day found himself a
Lieutenant Commander on the decks of USS England DE-635 as the Executive
Officer and then as her Commanding Officer. He had the con during runs on
submarines that USS England DE-635 sunk in May of 1944. He was Commanding
Officer of the ship during the Battle of Okinawa when she was hit by a
kamikaze Val and taken out of the war.
Before joining USS England as an instructor in Florida, Williamson developed
a series of turns used to bring a ship back on its own wake after a man fell
recommended they teach the turn as a maneuver for man overboard recoveries
during night and low visibility conditions.
The principle behind the
“Williamson Turn” is to return a ship to the exact location where a
Sailor fell overboard by using the ship's wake as a reference point. This
requires that a ship first turn to starboard, followed by a turn to port
that is concluded when the ship crosses its own wake. The degree of each
turn can be different for each ship class because their turning radius may
vary. Roughly it works as follows.
hard over (in an "immediate action" situation, only to the
side of the casualty).
deviation from the original course by 60º, rudder hard
over to the opposite side.
heading 20º short of opposite course, rudder to
midship position and ship to be turned to opposite course.
Surface Warfare Magazine (Aug 2000), Williamson said, "I've
gotten letters and seen articles where people have been picked up using (the
turn). I don't have a clue as to how many. I don't know whether it's ten or
5,000. I don't feel that there's any glory to me though. It's just something
I came up with that turned out to be worthwhile. I don't think I'm due any
glory for it, or any fame or anything like that." He continued,
"After returning to Florida to go to destroyer escort school,
I was out on a destroyer escort doing drills and having instructions when
the instructor said we were going to do man overboard drills using the
Williamson turn. I said 'what's that?' He said, 'well you ought to know, you
retiring in 1989, Williamson has devoted himself to several community
organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama and
the Birmingham Area Boy Scouts, among several others. Currently Williamson
lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is helping juvenile delinquents turn their
lives around. Williamson is
co-founder and chairman of Impact Family Counseling Center, a Christian
ministry in downtown Birmingham that offers counseling to troubled youths
and their parents. The center has counseled more than 945 youths and 750
parents since it began in 1993. Williamson
is the center's chief fund-raiser. He's raised more than half of the
center's $700,000 2000 budget by seeking donations from foundations and
Are They Now?
Another look at a shipmate and where he is today!
Raymond was a Lieutenant onboard USS England from 1987 to 1989,
where he was A/E/R division officer and communications officer. He
resigned his commission in 1991 after a stint on the USS Fox as the Fire
Control Officer. He preceded to medical school at the University of
Pittsburgh and ultimately went into private practice in Internal Medicine
in San Diego (Hillcrest area). He is still married to Lisa Anderson-Pigeon
and now they have have 3 children ages 14 years, 3 years, and 1 1/2 years.
He is looking forward to seeing old shipmates at the reunion.