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November 2000

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  This is an important time of year for families.  There is more than one kind of family. There are those with whom we are related, grand mothers and grand fathers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and those cousins we rarely see. There is also the Navy family to which all of those who served on USS England belong.  Enjoy these times. Soon we will be able to enjoy some good times together!  

USS Cole
This year some of our Navy brothers and sisters and their families are in need. The attack on the USS Cole has hurt many. We can help!  Some of you have offered to make donations to keep the web site and other efforts going. There are those who need your assistance much more.  The families and survivors of USS Cole need you now. Please assist.

USS COLE Relief Fund Information
Those wishing to make donations can send their contribution to:

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
801 North Randolph Street
Suite 1228
Arlington, VA 22203-1978

Please be sure to designate "For USS Cole" on the check.

RADM Webster

CAPT van der Schroeff

Operation Reunion - July 26-29, 2001 San Diego
As you know the dates for the reunion are  July 26,27,28 and 29 July, 2001and we will be in San Diego, California!  This is in stone!  It is going to happen. Plan on it now!  It is still far enough off so that all the details are not yet available.  Knowing my own limitations, I brought in some assistance in the from of the Military Locator & Reunion Service.  Many of you already have heard from them. They have arranged for many reunions all over the country and ours should be great!  They will make all hotel, tour and banquet arrangements.  They will also handle all payments for those portions of the reunion. Please plan on attending the event.  You will need to arrange for your transportation to San Diego (unless you are lucky enough to be there already).

To 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 other events. If you or other shipmates cannot fill in the form, send me the information at: Dennis O'Brien, 254 Allegheny Way, Placentia, CA 92870 or e-mail dennis@ussengland.net.

We have found approximately 500 of our shipmates so far out of an estimated 4500 men who served on board USS England DLG/CG-22.  If you look at other cruiser web sites, you'll see that none of them have had this level of success!  England sailors are indeed the best and our lifelong bonds continue.  Advertisements for the Reunion are showing up in Sea Classics and Shift Colors.  We expect many more to be signing up!

Entertainment at the reunion will include tours of the area attractions, possibly some Navy related sites and a banquet. The Banquet will include a few speeches and hundreds of sea tales to be sure.  RADM (ret) Hugh Webster, the CO of the ship from 1978 to 1980 is currently living in San Diego and has agreed to speak and assist. CAPT (ret) Coenraad van der Schroeff has also agreed to speak. CAPT van der Schroeff was the Commanding Officer of USS England from 1988 to 1990 and was the last CO of USS Wisconsin BB 64.  As we get close to the reunion, we'll firm up commitments from speakers and likely have more announcements.

The most important thing for you to know is that this is going to be a great fun event! You do not want to miss the first USS England DLG/CG-22 reunion.

Capt. Clell Neil Ammerman
As we reassemble the officers and crew of USS England we will hear stories of great success that will amaze us.  We will celebrate these together.  We will also learn of sad events that have taken place during the time we were out of touch.  We will morn these together. Last fall Capt. C. Neil Ammerman died at home in Camarillo, California.  He was 67 years old.  He had had heart problems for some time.  You can read his obituary here.  The sad passing of one of ours.

More on USS Sterett Museum
Sterett needs your help right NOW!  The Military Heritage foundation in Eureka, California is in the midst of negotiating for property to berth Sterett so that she can become a museum and memorial. This hurdle is a key turning point in the ability to acquire Sterett from the Navy.

Your letters of support of this project are needed NOW!  A letter stating that you support their efforts along with the reasons you feel Sterett would make an ideal museum and memorial needs to be mailed (not e-mailed) to them in Eureka.  Feel free to recount any emotions or memories you have of our ship and how they will be preserved on USS Sterett.  Tell them how you feel!

They are negotiating with the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation & Conservation District for the dock space.  It wouldn't hurt to send a copy (or a separate letter) to them also, just to grease the skids. Your letters will become part of the public record and may be used by the Military Heritage Foundation for publicity purposes. Address letters to the Military Heritage Foundation to::

Sterett Project
P.O. Box 111
Fields Landing, CA  95537

For the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation & Conservation District:

                    Mr. David Hall
                    Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation & Conservation District
                    Eureka, CA  95501

Let's show the world that England Sailors are indeed a very special lot!  Please assist with the Sterett project by writing these two letters ASAP!  More information on the project can be found on the USS Sterett CG-31 web site.

Vietnam Decals
Jerry Brinegar thought you might be interested in these new Vietnam Service decals that are available.  They come in 4 by 6 size or 2 by 4 approximate.  They can be ordered through me at: Jerry Brinegar, 29A Main Street, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677...Checks only.  $6.00 for large decal and 4.00 for small ones. They look great on Harleys, bumpers and windows.


Odd and Funny
Did you know that USS England was involved in the downing and search for a UFO!  Really, it is true . . . or not.  From http://www.totse.com/en/fringe/abductees_contactees/ufo009.html.

Warships Shot Down UFO


Warships Shot Down UFO

U.S. warships patrolling Persian gulf shot down a UFO during a battle with Saddam Hussein's troops during Operation Desert Storm. Now a Top Secret mission to recover the UFO debris is underway. The U.S. Navy downed a UFO on January 24, 1991, according to a classified report detailing allied cooperation in the war to liberate Kuwait. It was detected by radar for nearly 30 seconds and was flying in an erratic manner. The order to down the aircraft was given when it buzzed several American ships, including the USS Wisconsin, USS England and USS O'Brien and two British frigates, the HMS Battleaxe and HMS Jupiter. All vessels in the area fired on the alien spacecraft, which was described by officers as a chromium plated air-craft which emitted a high pitched piercing sound unlike conventional jets. The UFO was most likely downed by a tomahawk cruise missile, although every ship in the u.s. task force deployed in the Persian gulf emptied its conventional armaments to destroy it.

News of the alien involvement in the Persian gulf war was first revealed when pentagon intelligence reports of the U.S. armed forces performance were partially disclosed in Washington. For security reasons, much of the sensitive information is still classified top secret. Rumors of the UFO incident were verified by London based reporter Anthony Edens, who gained access to the joint American-British accounts of the UFO incident, revealed in London.

The UFO skirmish is by far the most pertinent military knowledge gained from the Persian Gulf War, says Edens. The sophisticated military hardware of the United Stateswas not only superior to Saddam Hussein's feared Republican guard troops but also to the UFO.

The hunt for the UFO debris was reportedly delayed until the memorial day weekend, when President Bush issued an executive order to recover the downed spacecraft. Intelligence analysts are relying on space satellite transmissions of the Persian gulf to race the whereabouts of the UFO debris. Respected UFOlogist Craig Shopley says if the UFO incident resulted in the death of any aliens, the results could be devastating for all mankind.

“Alien spacecraft are probably monitoring the earth to learn more about us”, he says. “I'm sure that many Americans will disappear this summer, and will be abducted by aliens who want to interrogate them about the Gulf War.”