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September  2006

2007 USS England DLG/CG-22 Reunion
The dates are June 21-24, 2007. This is right in Gunner Evans’ backyard so he’ll supply our sea cadets and will helping with other aspects of the reunion. MLRS, Inc will again be our reunion coordinators as they have done a wonderful job for our past three reunions. Gather up your memorabilia to bring to the event! It would be wonderful to see all of you there. It would be even better if you tracked down your shipmates and brought them to the reunion as well! 

More details will become available in the coming months. For now all you need to do is budget the funds and the vacation time to be at this event! each reunion has had more attendees than the last and been more fun. The Philadelphia area offers so much that this reunion cannot help but be a success and even more so if you are there!!!

Updated details will always be found by clicking here.

2007 USS England DE-635 Reunion
The officers and crew of DE-635 will be gathering in Blowing Rock, North Carolina for their reunion next year in May. We had hope that we could merge the reunions in 2007 but will look to 2009 to make this come true. These are great men and it would be a please to spend time with them. The crew of DE-635 have a newsletter and regularly scheduled reunions. for more information write to: Robert McCleeary at ibbobmc@mac.com.

Military Shipping Kits
Do you want to ship something to our men and woman serving us over seas? The United States Postal Service (USPS) will supply for free, to anyone who asks, specially packaged Priority Mail supplies for shipping "care kits" to members of the U.S. military stationed overseas. Each supply kit includes the following:

  • 4 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "shoe box"-type shipping boxes

  • 6 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "garment box"-type shipping boxes

  • 10 Priority Mail labels

  • 1 roll of Priority Mail tape 10 customs forms with envelopes

  • 10 customs forms with envelopes

(The contents of the supply kits changes from time to time and sometimes includes other items, such as water-resistant Tyvek Priority Mail envelopes and Priority Mail address labels. Most of these items are ordinarily furnished for free to customers by the USPS.)

To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies, simply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days. We've tried this service ourselves: it was easy to use, the USPS customer service agent we dealt with was courteous and efficient, and we were supplied with a customer ID number to expedite the process of ordering additional supplies. (This offer includes only packing materials — senders who use these materials still have to pay the requisite postage themselves.)

The USPS also offers a "Supporting Our Troops" page on their web site with links to guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops.

Do you know of other ways we can support our troops? Send them in and we'll get the word out!

History Corner – Philadelphia and the Cheese Steak!
Since we're headed to Philedelphia we need to cover its history a bit and that includes food. So lets go to where 9th Street crosses Wharton & Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! During the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, Pat and his younger brother Harry Olivieri sold hot dogs and sandwiches. They decided to have lunch one day but wanted something new. Harry went to the store and picked up some beef. He and Pat then sliced it thin and cooked it on the grill with onions, put it on a roll and the steak sandwich was born. However, before they could eat a long time customer, a cab driver, came up to their stand and saw the sandwich and wanted one! "But it's our dinner," the brothers protested. "sell him yours!" Pat said to Harry, and being the oldest Pat could make Harry sell it, for a nickel! Word spread and sandwiches sold well! It was not until 20 years later that cheese was added to the sandwich by a longtime employee, Joe Lorenzo, who was tired of the usual sandwich and added some cheese. Cheese Wiz was added in the '60s. Today the Olivieri family is till selling Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia!