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USS PAUL JONES (DD-230 / AG-120)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQN

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on December 23 1919.
Launched September 28 1920 and Commissioned April 19 1921.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-120 June 30 1945.
Decommissioned November 5 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold October 5 1947 to Northern Metal, Norfolk and broken up for scrap.

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As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy's first fleet. He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned. Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. Sailors of the United States Navy can do no better than to emulate the spirit behind John Paul Jones's stirring declaration: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way." Photo: John Paul Jones by George Bagby Matthews. The bust, One cannot underestimate the role French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1747-1792) played in the identification of John Paul Jonesís remains. The Houdon bust of Jones, sculpted from life, was arguably the most accurate portrayal of Jones.Bill Gonyo
Jones 53kArtist's conception of the Jones as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Jones 88kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 100kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 65kTypical of the flush deckers that retained their 4" guns, the Paul Jones shows the modifications made as the result of carrying these guns, with the added need for A.A. defense. The fourth stack and her accompanying boiler have been removed with six 20mm A.A. guns and six depth charge throwers added. New radar equipment includes DE type SL surface search equipment topped by a new TBS antenna.-
Jones 150kUndated, location unknown. Photo form the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pillsbury 96kUSS Black Hawk with the USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Paul Jones (DD-230), USS Peary (DD-226) and USS Parrott (DD-218) alongside in Chefoo, China.Gerd Matthes
Jones 60kPhoto #: NH 105794. Asiatic Fleet Destroyers dressed with flags while nested together off Shanghai, China, circa 1936. These ships are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (DD-230); USS Pope (DD-225); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Mike Mohl
Jones 130kJuly 10 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Jones 150kMare Island July 10 1942.David Buell
Jones 145kAs above.David Buell
Jones 152kAs above.David Buell
Jones 96kAs above.David Buell
Jones 173kAs above.David Buell
Jones 145kOff Mare Island on July 10, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Jones 131kMare Island September 24 1942.David Buell
Jones 99kUSS Paul Jones (DD-230) September 16 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-177786.Robert Hurst
Jones 68kUSS Paul Jones as (AG-112) comes alongside Lake Champlain [CV-39] in the Atlantic to take on fuel and provisions in June of 1945.Gerd Matthes

USS PAUL JONES DD-230 / AG-120 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thaddeus Austin Thomson Jr.    Apr 19 1921 - 1922
LCDR Walter Atlee Edwards    1922 - Sep 1922
LT Jerauld B. Wright    Sep 1922 - Oct 1922 (Later ADM)
LCDR Howard Adams Flanigan    Oct 1922 - ?
LCDR Carroll Morgan Hall    ? 1923 - ?
LCDR Comfort Benedict Platt    Jul 14 1924 - ?
CDR Walden Lee (Pug) Ainsworth    Dec 12 1925 - ? 1927 (Later VADM)
LCDR George Wilson Davidson Dashiell    Jun 25 1927 - ?
LCDR Hamilton Vose Bryan    Jun 1929 - Dec 1930
LCDR Hamilton Vose Bryan    Jun 1929 - Dec 1930
CDR Norman Scott    1930 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Albert Ernest Schrader Jr.    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR Francis Stuart Low    ? 1934 - ? (Later ADM)
CDR William Hays Ferguson    ? 1938
LCDR Elmer Frank Helmkamp    ? 1939 - ?
LCDR William George Lalor    ? 1940 - ?
LCDR John Joseph Hourihan    ? 1941 - Mar 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Charles Richard Herms    Mar 1942 - Nov 6 1943
LCDR George Paul Unmacht    Nov 6 1943 - Oct 4 1944
CDR Howard M. Payne    Oct 4 1944 - Nov 5 1945

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