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|53k||John Charles England was born in Harris, Mo., on 11 December 1920. His family then moved to Alhambra, Cal. He attended Pasadena Junior College in 1940, was a
Yell King on the Pep Commission, a member of the Players Guild, were he was in the cast of their annual fall presentation of "Bachelor Born". J.C. was also a member of Delta Psi Omega, a
national honorary dramatics fraternity which he acted in their annual spring production, "Outward Bound". J.C. graduated in spring, 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an
Apprentice Seaman at Los Angeles on 06 September 1940. After active duty training on board the USS New York from 25 November to 21 December 1940 he attended Naval Reserve
Midshipman's School, New York, N.Y. and was appointed Midshipman, USNR, 06 March 1941. He completed his training on 05 June and was commissioned Ensign, USNR, 06 June 1941. On 03 September 1941,
he reported for duty in USS Oklahoma (BB 37), and was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941. Ensign England survived the initial attack
and escaped topside as the ship was capsizing. He remembered the men still in the radio room. He returned three times to the radio room, each time guiding a man to safety. He left to go back
below decks for the fourth time and was never seen again. He was one of twenty officers and 395 enlisted men were killed on board USS Oklahoma that morning. Ensign John Charles
England was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS England (DE 635) (1943-1945) was the first ship named in his honor, she was succeeded by DLG 22 (1963-1994).
(U.S. Navy photo #NH-85190 (Courtesy of his mother, Mrs. H. B. England, 1976) from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|264k||26 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - USS England (DE 635) is christened by Mrs. Harry B. (Thelma) England, mother of Ensign John C. England, the
ship's namesake, during launching ceremonies at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-51897 from from the Bureau of Ships Collection at the National Archives)
|197k||26 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - USS England slides down the building ways at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, during
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-51896 from the National Archives)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|358k||09 February 1944: off San Francisco, Cal.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-60938 from the National Archives)
|321k||09 February 1944: off San Francisco, Cal.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-60940 from the National Archives)
|208k||09 February 1944: off San Francisco, Cal. - A bow-on view of USS England.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-60941 from the National Archives)
|180k||09 February 1944: off San Francisco, Cal. - USS England, a view from off the ship's stern. Note name painted on her transom, and depth charge racks and
smoke generators mounted on deck above.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-60942 from the National Archives)
|248k||09 February 1944: off San Francisco - The famous DE England, which sank six Japanese submarines in just a few days in the Pacific. Note the large rangefinder on the bridge.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-60939 from the National Archives)
|159k||21 July 1945: Philadelphia, Pa. - USS England (DE 635) lays off the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was there for repairs and conversion to
a destroyer transport (APD 41) after being hit by a Kamikaze off Okinawa on 09 May 1945. The conversion was canceled at the end of the war.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-336947 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|283k||24 July 1945: Philadelphia, Pa. - Damage from a "Kamikaze" hit received off Okinawa on 09 May 1945. This view, taken at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, shows the port side of the
forward superstructure, near where the suicide plane struck. Note scoreboard painted on the bridge face, showing her Presidential Unit Citation pennant and symbols for the six Japanese
submarines and three aircraft credited to England. Also note fully provisioned life raft at right.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-336949 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|354k||24 July 1945: Philadelphia, Pa. - Fire damage in the pilothouse, near where a Japanese Kamikaze struck England while she was off Okinawa on 9 May 1945. This view was taken at
the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-336953 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|364k||24 July 1945: Philadelphia Navy Yard - Burned-out officers' stateroom in the forward superstructure, from a "Kamikaze" that hit near her bridge while she was
off Okinawa on 09 May 1945.|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-336950 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|195k||24 July 1945: Philadelphia, Pa. - View of the USS England (DE 635) showing some of the damage received from a kamikaze hit off Okinawa on
09 May 1945. This photo shows the interior of the wrecked deck-house just forward of the bridge, looking toward #2 3"/50 gun. Photographed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 24 July 1945.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-336952 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|177k||undated: Philadelphia, Pa. - England moored at what is presumed to be the Philadelphia Navy Yard.||Tim Rizzuto|
DE Historical Museum
USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
|966k||A painting (artist name signed at left) depicting the destroyer escort USS England salvoing 24 projectiles from her Hedgehog multi-spigot
launcher. This image was used in an advertisement by Singer Librascope.
(Image from Jane's Fighting Ships 1971-72)
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS England (DE 635) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Letter from Sec. of the Navy James Forrestal awarding the PUC to Cmdr. Pendleton.|
|Rought draft of a Press Release written by Lcdr. Williamson describing 09 May 1945.|
|View the official U.S. Navy Press Release of 31 August 1945 describing England's ordeal.|
|England's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Dec. 1943 - 30 Aug. 1944||Cmdr. Walton Barclay Pendleton (USNA '21) (Globe, Ariz.) (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 30 Aug. 1944 - 15 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. John Alexander Williamson (Birmingham, Ala.)|
|3.) 15 Sep. 1945 - 15 Oct. 1945||Lt. Augustus Dee Daily, Jr. (Springfield, Mo.) (Decomm. CO)|
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