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|159k||James Jonas Madison was born on 20 May 1889 in Jersey City, New Jersey. A commercial mariner since his mid-teens, Madison served as First Officer of SS J. L. Luckenbach 1912-1915 and Master of SS Harry Luckenbach 1915-1917, before enrolling as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force 08 May 1917, soon after the United States entered the conflict. Madison was later promoted to Lieutenant Commander and in January 1918 became the Commanding Officer of USS Ticonderoga (ID-1958). On 30 September 1918 his ship encountered the German submarine U-152 in the mid-Atlantic and fought a long, losing gunnery duel. Seriously wounded early in the battle, Lieutenant Commander Madison remained on the bridge controlling Ticonderoga's fight until she had to be abandoned. Though incapacitated by loss of blood, he subsequently survived four days in a lifeboat. For his "exceptionally heroic service" during this action, Lieutenant Commander Madison was awarded the Medal of Honor. Promoted to the rank of Commander in mid-1919, Madison was placed on the retired list 20 August 1920. The effects of his combat injuries kept him hospitalized for much of the rest of his life, and he underwent several operations, one of which involved the amputation of a leg. Commander James J. Madison died on 25 December 1922 at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.
He is interred in Fairview Memorial Park, Bergen County, New Jersey.|
Portrait photograph of Commander James J. Madison, USNRF, taken circa 1919, showing him wearing the Medal of Honor (Tiffany Cross). Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 48048
|Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo|
|676k||Madison (DD-425) in her original configuration as completed, autumn 1940. US Navy official, National Archives photo 80-G-456222.||Rick E. Davis|
|44k||Madison (DD-425) in her original configuration as completed, autumn 1940. Charlestown Navy Yard Park, Boston NPS collection.||Rick E. Davis|
|339k||Madison (DD-425) following Wasp (CV-7) while operating as part of Task Force 39 approaching Scapa Flow from service with the Home Fleet, as seen from HMS Edinburgh, 03 April 1942. TF 39 consisted of Washington (BB-56), Wasp (CV-7), Wichita (CA-45), Tuscaloosa (CA-37), and six destroyers: Lang (DD-399), Sterett (DD-407), Wilson (DD-408), Wainwright (DD-419), Madison (DD-425), and Plunkett (DD-431).|
US Navy official photo, National Archives photo 80-G-20997.
|Rick E. Davis|
At New York Navy Yard, 01 January 1944. Madison underwent a repair and alteration period there, 17 December 1943 - 14 January 1944. United States Navy Bureau of Ships photos.
|01||LCDR Thomas Edward Boyce (USNA 1923)||06 August 1940 - 25 July 1941|
|02||CDR William Bronley Ammon (USNA 1923)||25 July 1941 - 23 October 1942|
|03||CDR James Walker Hager (USNA 1927)||23 October 1942 - 08 January 1944|
|04||CDR Daniel Alfriend Stuart (USNA 1931)||08 January 1944 - 22 January 1945|
|05||CDR David Wooster Todd, Jr. (USNA 1928)||22 January 1945 - 13 March 1946|
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