library contains "notes" from crew members, articles from
various newspapers and magazines and written histories histories of the
USS England DE-635.
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John Alexander Williamson 1918-2004 Obituary
Destroyers, Pacific Fleet, 29 August 1944 Report. A very
detailed and interesting report on the actions of USS ENGLAND, USS
RABY, USS GEORGE, USS SPANGLER and USS HAZELWOOD during the time USS
ENGLAND sunk six submarines in May of 1944. This included three
"enclosures" which provide the details.
War II Magazine, January 1997 Article on USS England DE-635.
Captain - Chapter 15, describing the impact of USS England's
sinking of six submarines on the Japanese war strategy. An amazing
look from the other side.
Fall of the I-Boats, American Legion Magazine, December 1980,
Article about Japanese submarine use in world Ward II that discusses
of a Legacy, an article from Trail-Plus, January 21, 1994, on
the occasion of the decommissioning of CG-22. It has information
about DE-635 and John C. England.
Twelve Days of England by Captain Williamson. This is an
excellent first hand account of the the events surrounding the
sinking of the six submarines. Captain Williamson was XO at the time
of the submarine sinkings and later CO of the ship.
Service - the memorial for those who lost their lives on board
T. Ward's 1944 Notebook - These are the notes that Calvin Ward
took while on board the USS England in 1944.
Roy's Notes - These are the notes Harry Roy took during May of
Navy Department document with much detail of the history of USS
England. This has been updated with pictures and maps for this
web site and is the most detailed overall history of the ship.
Post Article about J.C. England and DE-635.
War II Magazine Article from1997 detailing the history of
Magazine 1956 article - A detailed account of the events of late
May 1944 that made the USS England famous.
1947 Proceedings article about
DE-635 and the military importance of her accomplishments in May of
DE-635 History - A short history of
Beach Press Telegram January 3, 1964 Article - Covers
DE-635 history and crew member visit to the new DLG-22 USS England.
of the original soundmen on board DE-635 came out of the ASW Training
Center in San Diego. The senior of the group was John Prock SoM2c.
The rest were all 3rd class. John Prock was on the
sound gear for most of the ASW runs for which the 635 became well known.
Years later, a modern enlisted menís barracks was built at the old
training center and named Prock Hall. There is also a building on the
base called the England Building.
Antisubmarine Warrior In The Pacific: Six Subs Sunk In Twelve
Antisubmarine 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
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 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 read for
all who love history. It has been nominated by Sea Classic magazine
as book of the year and is available though
Amazon.Com or via The
University of Alabama Press or call (773) 568-1550.
Captain by Zenji Orita (with Joseph D. Harrington) tells his story
from a boy fascinated with the Navy to the life of a Japanese
submarine captain. Written in 1976, this book also provided
details showing the Japanese side of the war and various battles. Chapter
15, presented here, describes the feats of USS England DE-635
and their affects on the war.
book is no longer in print but can be found on the used book
market. It is a great book and highly recommended.
Reviewed by the Webmaster
of the Ship The Destroyer Escort England by Al Ross
offer details of the USS England all all Buckley Class escorts,
with drawings, details on weapons, population and other items. It
offers a quick history of DE-635. This book offers the model
builder details necessary to build DE-635 and many of the other
Buckley class ships. - Reviewed by the Webmaster
of the Ship Destroyer Escort England, Al Ross, Conway Maritime
Press Ltd., ISBN 0 85177 3257. 98 Pages.
Buckley Class Destroyer Escorts by Bruce Hampton
Franklin is an excellent resource for details about the
Buckley class ships. These ships served in both theaters in Word
War II for both the American and British navies. The book covers
all major events in which a Buckley class DE participated. There
are pictures and short histories of all 154 ships and all of the
statistical data about this class available. The England is
mentioned in several places in the book, but the strength of the
book is in the over all view of the Buckley class. Highly
recommended for anyone with an interest in these ships, their
contribution to the war effort and the years following. - Reviewed
by the Webmaster
Buckley class Destroyer Escorts, Bruce Hampton Franklin, Naval
Institute Press (http://www.usni.org),
ISBN 1-55750-280-3, 210 pages. Available on http://www.amazon.com.