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May 2003



Our second reunion is now less than one month away! This newsletter will focus exclusively on this event! The reunion will be held June 12-15, 2003 in San Diego.  Many registrations have already come in and we should have a great event. Though registrations were to be in by May 12, 2003, there is still time if you hurry!!! Do not take a chance that you'll miss the opportunity to attend the reunion and be with your friends!  Get your registration in now!

For the whole event, USS England hats will make us stand out! MilitaryGifts.com has great hats! You'll need this, order now and ask them to rush!

Final preparations are now underway. This is going to be a fun reunion and our chance to plan for the future! For those who will be at the Friday night Western BBQ, please pack your Western Wear! You want to look the part!

The 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!

Please also sign in as On Line Crew so we can keep you up to date!

We have a great line up of speakers for this years reunion. I want to thank each of them for participating and assisting with this event.  At both of our reunions thus far we’ve been honored to have the people who’ve stepped up and assisted as speakers or to bring flags and ensure our protocols we correct.  We continue to get great participation in this area.

RADM Hugh L. Webster, USN
A graduate of the Naval Academy class of 1955 and member of the football team there, COMMANDING OFFICER USS SOMERS (DD-947), 11 Apr 69 - 19 Dec 70, RADM Webster's father was Engineering officer on USS Somers, DD-301 from 1928-1929.) U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND, Director for Logistics  29 Dec 86-10 Feb 89 and many, many other posts during is long career. He currently serves on the boards of numerous number of organizations and lives in San Diego with his wife Peggy.  He spoke eloquently at the 2001 reunion and is a major supporter of our efforts.

Captain (ret) Peter J. Gaskin
Captain Gaskin served on numerous ships during his career and served on board USS ENGLAND (CG 22) for three tours as OPS, XO, and CO.  In Vietnam, Captain Gaskin was Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese River Patrol (PBR) Division 62 and the Advance Tactical Support Base at Phouc Xuyen.  Ashore, Captain Gaskin served in Washington as a Financial Manager in BUPERS Officer Distribution Branch (PERS 4) and in the office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Captain Gaskin lives in San Diego with his wife Marilyn. He spoke at our last reunion and will undoubtedly be a great addition this year,

Commander Mike Fierro is a new speaker for this year so his full bio is included here.  Commander Mike Fierro is a native of Port Chester, New York and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  His initial assignment was in USS TOWERS (DDG 9), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as Boilers Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Gunnery Officer from March 1983 through November 1985.  In December 1985, he reported to the Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board as a Steam Examiner and served there until October 1988 when he attended Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island.  His Department Head tours were as Engineer Officer in USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS 4), homeported in Guam, from June 1989 to December 1990, including deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield, and Engineer Officer in USS ENGLAND (CG 22), homeported in San Diego, from December 1990 to October 1992.  From November 1994 through February 1996, he served as Executive Officer in USS O’BRIEN (DD 975), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Interception and Strike Operations.  Taking command of USS KINKAID (DD 965) in January 2000, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the CONSTELLATION Battle Group in March 2001 performing Maritime Interception Operations and contingency strike operations.  Upon being relieved in August 2001, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Seven, JOHN C STENNIS Battle Group, as the Surface Operations Officer, deploying to the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ashore, he served as an Instructor and Course Coordinator in the Engineering Department at Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, RI and in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Surface Distribution Division as both a Placement Officer and Detailer.  He is currently serving as the Surface Warfare Syndicate Lead at Tactical Training Group, Pacific.

He attended the Naval War College in Newport in March 1996 and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

He is married to Commander Cynthia M. Thebaud who is currently commanding USS DECATUR (DDG 73).

CWO4 George P. Evans (USN, Ret.)

Started his career as an FT striker on board USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748) and after numerous other ships he Gunner Evans attended Warrant Officers' Orientation School (Charm School) at Newport, RI and was assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Detail for USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG/CG-24).  He served in USS England as Assistant Fire Control Officer and Fire Control Officer from 1977 until 1983. He retired from active duty 01 FEB 1983.  From 1983 until 1992, he worked for RCA/General Electric as an AEGIS Combat Systems Instructor.  George and his wife, Demetra F. Collier of Toledo, OH were married in 1966.  They live in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia, PA.  They have one son, Richard, who is an E-6 on active duty in the US Army George works for TRW as a Computer Consultant specializing in Unix and NT/Windows Systems. Gunner spoke at our last reunion also and was defiantly entertaining and informative.

We’ve been a little slow getting our reunion registrations in. in theory they were to be in by May 12, 2003. I know many of you missed that date. To be honest I did also.  In 2001 we had many, many late registration. I know there are a lot of you who’ve not registered this year and I cannot stress enough the importance of doing so immediately.  The following names are officially registered as of this writing: Lonny Abbott, Pamela Ammerman, Otto Berg, David Bond, Phillip Michael Bowers, Robert Briggs, Marty Carson,  Earl Copeland, Takashi Curda, John Davidson, Dave Davis, Richard Deisher, Wren Goodwine, James Goudreau, Tom Gray, Scott Groll, Richard Harrison, Jeff Hatcliff, Ronald Hazlewood, Joseph Heller, Dan Hoolihan, Edward Hubbard, Mary Hubble, Stephen Joyce, Harold Keith, Darrel Keller, Toby Kessler, Louis Kleis, Stephen Leene, Tommy Moala, Allan Morgan, Harry Nelson, Gerald Nowlin, Dennis O'Brien,  Lee Packer, Theodore Rainey, Raymond Smid, Joe Speer, Ashby Thompson, David True,  Gilbert Usher, Hugh Webster, Charles Wenig, David Whalen, John Yancy.

If you have sent in your registration packet and do not see your name listed above, call 828-256-6008 and square things away. Keep in mind that this newsletter was posted May 26, 2003. Also, there are many people that have strongly indicated they are coming but they’re not listed above. you folks must get your reservation packet in immediately.

The registration is in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view, download a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.



By Paul Celli

All crewmembers who were aboard the ENGLAND for IRAQ PAC 90 from 02 AUG 90 to 03 NOV 90 are eligible to wear the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait). The reason why the medal does not and will not appear for the ENGLAND, is the CNO accepted it in 1995 and the ENGLAND was decommissioned in 1994.  I have proven this to our Administration and they agree.  The instruction is SECNAVINST 1650.1G and the pertinent section is on page 17 (http://neds.nebt.daps.mil/Directives/1650/seven.pdf):


c. Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) (KLMK)

(1) Established by the Government of Kuwait and accepted by the Deputy SECDEF on 7 August 1995.

(2) Eligibility Requirements. The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1993 in 1 or more of the following areas: Arabian Gulf; Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion of the Arabian Sea north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; the Gulf of Aden; or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. Armed Forces personnel qualify for the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) under one or more of the following conditions:

(a) attached to or regularly serving for 1 or more days with an organization participating in ground/shore operations; or

(b) attached to or regularly serving for 1 or more days on board a naval vessel directly supporting military operations; or

(c) actually participating as a crew member in 1 or more aerial flights supporting military operations in areas designated above; or

d) serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days during the period 2 August 1990 to 31 August 1993 under any of the criteria in (a), (b), or (c) above. This time limit may be waived for personnel participating in actual combat operations.


A number of questions have come up regarding transportation to the hotel. The hotel does not operate an airport shuttle.

Try these:

  • Cloud 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/.
  • Taxis are available outside baggage claim at Lindbergh Field (SAN). The cost will be from $12.00 to $15.00 to the hotel.


The Hotel:

The Handlery Hotel & Resort
950 Hotel Circle
San Diego, CA 92108

From Freeways 805,163 and 15

  • Take 8 West to Hotel Circle North
  • Turn left at stop sign
  • Turn right into the Handlery Hotel and Resort parking

From Freeway 5(San Diego International/Lindbergh Field)

  • Take 8 East to 2nd Hotel Circle North Exit
  • Turn left at stop sign
  • Follow road back under freeway to North Side
  • Go through two signals and one stop sign
  • Turn right into the Handlery Hotel and Resort parking

From Downtown

  • Take 163 North to I-8 West
  • Follow I-8 West
  • Use the Hotel Circle exit and veer left at the stop sign

There will be a business meeting at this reunion where we will decide the future of our efforts, just as we did in 2001. We'll be deciding when our next reunion will take place and where that will be! Will we meet next year or continue the two-year sequence? Will we meet in San Francisco, Orlando, Albany, Norfolk or some other location? To be a part of those decisions you must be present at that meeting. This is one reason why your attendance at the reunion is so important!

If you have ideas for future locations please e-mail Dennis O'Brien (dennis@obriens.net) with all the details. Please include possible tours and sites that make your suggested location a good fit for our group. We'll have this information available in San Diego and we'll vote based on it at the business meeting.