Ensign John Charles England
1920 - 1941
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Ensign John Charles England perished aboard the USS Oklahoma on the morning of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ensign England had been buried in an unknown's grave in Punchbowl National Cemetery in Hawaii. He was recently identified and will be buried with Navy Honors next to his parents Sam and Thelma England in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ensign England was born on December 11, 1920 in Harris, Missouri. His family then moved to Alhambra, California. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as an Apprentice Seaman on September 6, 1940. After active duty training on board the USS New York, he attended Naval Reserve Midshipman's School, New York, N.Y. and was appointed Midshipman, USNR, March 6, 1941. He completed his training on June 5 and was commissioned Ensign, USNR, June 6, 1941.

He was next assigned duty under instruction at the Naval Radio School, Norton Heights, Connecticut, reporting June 20, 1941. Upon detachment from school, he reported on September 3, 1941 to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.

Ensign England survived the initial attack on Pearl Harbor 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 deck for the fourth time and was never seen again. Ensign England's gallant effort saved three men, but cost him his life.

Two ships have been named after Ensign England: USS England DE-635 and The USS England DLG-22 as well as the barracks at NSTS Great Lakes.

He is survived by his granddaughters: Bethany Glenn, and Lisa Osgard and a niece: Katy Bemiss. He has two great grandsons: Jake Osgard and Casey McDougall.

His daughter, Victoria Louise England, who was one month old at the time of his death and whom he never met, and his parents died in the years since Ens England's death.

Graveside Service will be 10:00AM , Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"Who more than self his country loved and mercy more than life."




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Published in The Gazette on Aug. 10, 2016.
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December 29, 2017
A man whose self sacrifice showed enormous bravery rest in peace with god
John Moran
August 13, 2017
Your father and my grandfather were the best of friends. I've managed to meet your granddaughter online, and we've become good friends. I thank you for your courage and the way you have set the tone for heroism. We are leading the fight to get another U.S.S. England in the Navy, sir. Admiral King promised there will always be one, and by thunder, there should be one now.
Mickey Fisher
August 22, 2016
You were a true hero and patriot - your enormous sacrifice and the enduring sacrifice by your family should be eternally appreciated and remembered by all. Thank you for your service - you are finally home, rest now.... VW
V W
August 22, 2016
RIP Ensign. I pray that you've met your family in Heaven. You were a brave man.
James Dolan
August 15, 2016
Vintage Military Detail honoring Ensign JC England
I was honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the ceremony. It was a wonderful tribute to a fallen hero. I hope it brings closure and healing to the family, friends, and associates of Ensign JC England.
allen vickrey
August 13, 2016
It was with great honor and respect that I was able to attend the escort mission on Friday evening and stand in the flag line at the cemetery in Saturday morning with the Patriot Guard Riders for such an honorable man. Thank you all who saw to it that this country hero was laid to rest in the honorable manner in which he so deserved. And please accept my most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
E.W."Tom" Thomas
August 13, 2016
God Bless you Ensign England. Thank you for you sacrifice to our country.
Ralph
August 12, 2016
Sir, You stand relieved of the watch, Fair winds and following seas.. We now have the watch your fellow shipmates. American Legion Post 15 Loveland, Colorado. Home of Harold Dwayne Webster KIA USS Arizona Dec 7th 1941
August 11, 2016
I do not know your family but I really hope that bringing your loved one to Colorado to be buried with family will be of great comfort. Very Thankful for his service.
Nancy B
August 10, 2016
A great American, brave and unselfish, Rest In Peace.
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 11411
August 10, 2016
Thank you for your service and sacrifice Sir.
August 10, 2016
God bless Ensign England.
August 10, 2016
Fair winds and following seas, Ensign England..
Rod Wilson
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