From the Captain's
Cabin: Admiral H. H. Mauz Jr.
Admiral Hank Mauz USN (Ret.) was captain of the USS England from
August 1980 until October 1982. He retired four and a half years ago
and the last position he held in the Navy was Commander of the
Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT) in Norfolk. Updating his chronicles since the
Navy he said, "We moved to Pebble Beach and then I became involved in
farming on a large scale in the San Joaquin Valley. That lasted about 3
years and I am now traveling for the government to various parts of the
world, doing some 'board' work, serving on a couple of non-profit boards
in this area, and tending to family business matters. We have a house in
Colorado that we are now renovating and that takes us there a lot too. I
am from Colorado and my family still lives in the Denver area."
Admiral Muaz is very interested in our reunion. He is
planning his schedule around it and hopes to be able to speak at a
gathering of those who served onboard the England. This will certainly go
a long way toward making our event very special.
Web site Update
There have been a lot of additions to the web site in
August! People have sent in so many items that at times it was hard to
One of the most exciting new additions is the Video
Room. This currently contains some video clips from film that was shot by
David True. Very interesting and exciting footage. More will be
added in the future. If you have any videos pictures of the England,
please contact Dennis O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a large number of pictures of the ship and of
various artifacts. If you have digitized pictures of items, people
or events on board the England, please send them to email@example.com.
If you need assistance with scanning or any other aspect of getting your
items on the web site, write to Dennis O'Brien or call (714)961-6840.
Crew members have expressed an interest in a number of projects for the
future. We need to work on solidifying plans for the a reunion and ship
Operation Reunion - Through use
of the web site, we have found approximately 60 shipmates from
DLG/CG-22 in the past two months. This is a great start but over the years
it is likely that thousands served on board her so there are many more to
There are a number of publications that
accept advertisements for ship reunions. These will help us reach
beyond the Internet to more shipmates.
The proposed date is July 27, 28 and 29,
2001 in San Diego, DLG/CG-22's home port. This is not set in
stone, but unless there is overwhelming objection, this should be our target
date. We need to organize the event, hotel, speakers, facilities and events.
Everyone will need to get involved so please volunteer, especially if you
live in the Southern California area.
Operation Boarding Party -
England is now in Northern California awaiting disposal. I have
collected the information necessary to begin the process to schedule a visit
to the England. This needs to be done soon before her status changes.
Part of the process is that we need to submit names of those who are going
to be visiting, to the Navy for background checks. A target of
January, 2000 is being considered. There are costs of approximately
$400 to $800 to cover the cost of transportation to the ship and other
costs. This would be divided amongst the boarding party members. The purpose
of boarding the ship is to photograph her, raise the flag on her again, and
reminisce. Please write Dennis O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan on being part of the boarding party.
Don't forget the on-line forum! It is an
excellent place to discuss plans and remember the past.
|The USS England Forum was
retired on 02/03/07.
City College Invites England to 75th Anniversary
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California is celebrating their 75th
Anniversary on September 25th, 1999 and invites all who served on both
DE-635 and DLG/CG-22 to attend the events. John Charles England, for
whom both ships are named, attended Pasadena City College prior to enlisting
in the Navy. Later commissioned, Ens. England lost his life on board the USS
Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Calvin T. Ward, who's son
Richard provided much of the content for the DE-635 web site, served on
DE-635 and attended Pasadena City College.
The Pasadena City College web site has devoted a section
to the history of John C. England, Calvin Ward and both ships. We have been
honored to have assisted. They have expressed the desire to have those who
served on the England be a part of their event, as we are part of the
same thread of history. Check their web site at www.paccd.cc.ca.us
for more details. Please attend if you can, and wear your USS England
hat so shipmates can find you! They expect 10,000 attendees.
Operation Remember - The thread of
history that starts with John C. England and continues through all of us is
not well documented. Even Naval History archives do not have easy assess to
information. Some crewmembers have expressed a desire to create a
museum display, placing the documented history in various archives to assure
its preservation. Bill Thompson has been looking into possible places to
display the history. If you have information, artifacts, ideas . . .
consider sharing them so we can accomplish this goal.