Warrior In The Pacific: Six Subs Sunk In Twelve Days
Warrior In The Pacific: Six Subs Sunk In Twelve Days by John A. Williamson
is the story of his life as it pertains to gaining knowledge about
antisubmarine tactics and the Navy and how that applied to USS England's
(DE-635) success in May of 1944. He also includes many personal stories that
round out the book which is written very similar to how John Williamson told
his stories in person. He was a wonderful man, articulate and caring and his
men adored him. The centerpiece of the book is the sinking of the six
submarines in May of 1944 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He
describes the roles of all involved from his own perspective. The book also
details the kamikaze attack during the Okinawa campaign that removed USS
England from the war. He tells of his early days in the Navy, his dates and
social life, his training, The Williamson Turn and many days at sea
providing the reader with the whole picture of the time and events. This
book is one of the most important writings about USS England (DE-635) and is
a must reed for all who love history. It has been nominated by Sea Classic
magazine as book of the year and is available though Amazon.Com
(back ordered already!) or via The University
of Alabama Press or call (773) 568-1550.
simply must have this book in your collection! You must have this book in
the collections of all of your family and friends to ensure the history of
USS England DE-635 is kept alive for generations to come!
June 23rd to June 26th we'll be assembling for our reunion in Charleston,
South Carolina. It is going to be a wonderful time in a great location! On
Friday June 24th, you'll have the opportunity to go on a tour of Historic
Charleston and the Civil War confederate submarine H. L. Hunley. On Saturday
you'll have the chance to go to Patriot's Point and tour the USS Yorktown
and have lunch on board in her CPO Mess. Thursday there will be a reception
with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Friday evening you'll have Charleston
"Low Country" Buffet and on Saturday we'll have our banquet (coat
and tie recommended). That is not all, we have breakfasts, the hospitality
room and a whole lot more!
All Reservations and the initial deposit must be made through ML & RS,
Inc, and received on or before May 23, 2005. Reservations received May 24th
or later will be accommodated on a space available basis - with the
probability of not receiving reunion rates. "Walk-Ins" will be
accommodated-space available-at regular hotel rates. Be sure and download
your reservation packet and get it in ASAP!
you have any problem downloading the packet, questions about your
reservation or need any help at all, then please call ML & RS, Inc. at
828-256-6008 for assistance. If you need more help with anything USS England
related, call me at 714-961-6840.
Saturday we'll have our business meeting where we will discuss the date and
time for the next reunion so we can get started planning that. To have a
voice in this decision you must attend this meeting. It starts at 3:30 PM on
Saturday. The location will be passed on to you upon check in at the hotel.
Please come with your ideas for the next reunion and also for ways we can
get more people involved in our group's functioning, such as writing
newsletters and planning regional events. As far as the next reunion's
location goes we will put up a survey next month to get general feedback as
we did last year but it will just be to give us a starting point for
discussion. To be in on the actual decision you have to be there. Show up!
As we've not had any volunteers for this, letters will go out this week to
ask former commanding officers and others to be speakers for the reunion.
Please help support the reunion effort by agreeing to attend and speak. Call
me at 714-961-6840! We very much need a chaplain! If you are one, then
please write me today. We need flags, those of you that are VFW or American
Legion members, can you assist? Most of all we need all of you to attend
this great event so please get your registration packets in today!
can you do right now to help? Call every one of the shipmates with whom
you are in touch. Make sure they have a Reservation
and know what to do with it. Get everyone to Charleston!!!
USS England Dates In May!
you know May is the big month in USS England History. We need to remember
the feats of those who served on the first USS England DE-635!
you've not been to the USS England DE-635 site and would like to learn more
about her history, check out the Library
and get the book mentioned above, Antisubmarine Warrior In The Pacific: Six
Subs Sunk In Twelve Days by John A. Williamson.
According to the Navy,
"DSs were electronics technicians who specialized in computer systems
including: digital computers, video processors, tape units, buffers, key
sets, digital-display equipment, data-link terminal sets and related
equipment. They cleaned, maintained, lubricated, calibrated and adjusted
equipment. DSs ran operational tests, diagnosed problems, made routine
repairs and evaluated newly installed parts and systems units." The
rate was retired some years ago but the rate opened the door for a lot of
young men and women to have great careers in computer technology and
computer science, your web master being one of them!
you a DS? Look for your friends from A or C school, a place to remember Mare
Island or talk about AN-UYA4? Go here:
CALL FOR ARTICLES
of the hardest parts of keeping the communication going is generating
articles and information for the newsletters. From time to time shipmates
have offered up short bios and such but in general this has been a one man
show. That one man is running out of things to say!
can help!!! Give me suggestions!! Better yet write about yourself, our ship
or the Navy. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
(plain text and MS Word). So
long as it is a positive, proper addition to the site and the USS England
effort, it will appear here. Many of you have a lot to say so here is your
chance to contribute. Opinion pieces, biographies, sea stories, ideas and
more are wanted. Please assist, your shipmates would like to hear from you.
Up For More Information!
receive reunion information, you must have signed up as On
Line Crew. This will ensure that the Military
Locator & Reunion Service and the people here have your address and
other data so you can receive all the information about the reunion and