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USS Claud Jones (DE 1033)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - E - F - C
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Main Line"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ star - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Class: Claud Jones
Type: SCB No. 131 / 1956-57
Number in Class: 4
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,916 tons (full)
Length: 301' (wl), 312' (oa)
Beam: 38' (extreme)
Draft: 18' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse 38ND8 Diesels, 8,852 shp, 1 shaft
Speed: 22 kts
Range: 7,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 159
Guns: 2 - 3"/50 Mk 33 (2x1)
ASW Weapons: 2 - Mk 11 Hedgehog, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk70 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Claud Jones (DE 1033) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 June 1957: Keel laid at the Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 27 May 1958: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. R. J. Wyllie, of Allison Park, Pa., daughter of the late Rear Admiral Jones
  • 10 February 1959: Commissioned at Naval Station Charleston, Lcdr W. M. Cone in command, assigned to DesDiv 601 at Key West, Fla.
  • 01 May 1966: Homeport changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of Escort Division 11, later reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 39
  • 16 December 1974: Decommissioned at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station, struck from the NVR, transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Mongisidi (DE-343)
  • 02 January 2003: Decommissioned from the Indonesian Navy, scrapping pending

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    Claud Jones

    Claud Jones
    56k Claud Ashton Jones was born on 07 October 1885 in Fire Creek, W.V., was appointed to the US Naval Academy in 1903 and graduated with the Class of 1906. He served in the battleships Indiana and New Jersey and received his commission as an Ensign in 1908. Between 1909 and 1915, Jones was assigned to the training ship Severn and the armored cruiser North Carolina, received post-graduate engineering education at the Naval Academy and Harvard University, and served in the battleships Ohio, New York and North Dakota. He was promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in 1911 and Lieutenant in 1914. Lt. Jones was severely injured when the armored cruiser Tennessee was wrecked by a tsunami on 29 August 1916. After recovering he served ashore in industrial positions until after the end of World War I. Years later, in recognition of his heroic conduct in rescuing crewmen from steam-filled engineering spaces, then-Commander Jones was awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Lieutenant Commander Jones was designated as a specialist engineering duty officer in 1918 and in 1920-1921, as a Commander, was Engineer Officer of the new battleship Tennessee. During the 1920s and into the early 1930s he had two Navy Department tours with the Bureau of Engineering, served in Europe as an Assistant Naval Attache and was senior engineering officer with the Battle Fleet. He was promoted to Captain in 1933, again while on duty with the Bureau of Engineering. Captain Jones had machinery and materiel inspection assignments for the rest of the decade, then returned to Washington, D.C. to serve as Head of the Shipbuilding Division of the Bureau of Ships.

    As a Rear Admiral, he was the Bureau's Assistant Chief and, for much of World War II, Assistant Chief of Procurement and Material. He became Director of the Naval Experiment Station at Annapolis, Md. from September 1944 until the end of 1945. Retired in June 1946, Rear Admiral Jones died at Charleston, W.V. on 08 August 1948.

    USS Claud Jones (DE 1033) (1959-1974) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH48727 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Claud Jones
    161k 27 May 1958: Westwego, la. - A press photo of the future USS Claud Jones (DE 1033), shortly before her christening and launch at Avondale Marine Ways. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Claud Jones
    56k date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Claud Jones
    309k date / location unknown: Claud Jones (DE 1033) underway.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-65)
    Claud Jones
    77k circa 1959: USS Claud Jones (DE 1033) underway.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-61)
    Claud Jones
    107k 1960's: Punta Delgada, Azores - Claud Jones and USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) at Porto de Ponta Delgada, Açores. The ship in the center background is the German training ship Deutschland (A-59), 1966-90. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
    Claud Jones
    448k 1962: Claud Jones off Key West, Fla. William A. Press
    Commander, USNR (ret.)
    Claud Jones
    216k 1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones approaching USS Observation Island for a highline transfer. Robert T. Brown III
    USS Observation Island (EAG 154)
    Claud Jones
    321k 1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones approaching Observation Island for a highline transfer. Tom Dennis
    USS Observation Island (EAG 154)
    Claud Jones
    187k 1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones breaking away from Observation Island after highlining.
    Claud Jones
    59k October 1968: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Claud Jones entering port.

    Photo© Richard Leonhardt
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Claud Jones
    225k 22 February 1971: the Pacific Ocean - The destroyer escort Claud Jones underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107506 by PH1/AC Dixon M. Dreher, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Claud Jones
    85k 16 March 1972: Pearl Harbor Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Claud Jones
    235k 03 July 1972: South China Sea - Two photos of Claud Jones taken from USS Ashtabula (AO 51) after completing an underway replenishment.

    (Photo # 721211 & 721212 by G. R. Sirkis)
    Glenn R. Sirkis
    MMFN, A Div.
    USS Ashtabula (AO 51)
    Claud Jones

    Claud Jones
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Claud Jones
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Claud Jones History
    View the USS Claud Jones (DE 1033) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Claud Jones's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   10 Feb 1959 - Jul 1960 Lcdr. Warren M. Cone (prior enl., V-12, '45) (Woodstock, Vt.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)   Jul 1960 - Nov 1961Lcdr. Walter Murphee Meginniss (USNA '47) (Tallahassee, Fla.)
    3.)   Nov 1961 - Jul 1963Lcdr. William Cornell Magee (prior enl., OCS '45) (Ridgewood, N.J.)
    4.)   Jul 1963 - Dec 1964Lcdr. Donald Bagnall Meek (USNA '50) (Ithaca, N.Y.)
    5.)   Dec 1964 - Jul 1966Lcdr. Richard W. Trimble (Troy, N.Y.)
    6.)   Jul 1966 - 16 Dec 1967Lcdr. George R. McKee, Jr. (Sheperdstown, W.V.)
    7.)   16 Dec 1967 - Jul 1969Lcdr. John Willoughby Stouffer II (Easton, Pa.)
    8.)   Jul 1969 - Apr 1971Lcdr. Richard A. Christian (OCS '59) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    9.)   Apr 1971 - Jul 1972Lcdr. Douglas Karl Menikheim (USNA '60) (Easton, Pa.)
    10.) Jul 1972 - Dec 1973Lcdr. Alan Elroy Witham (Britton, S.D.)
    11.) Dec 1973 - 16 Dec 1974Lcdr. James Joseph Hogan III (USNA '63) (Manchester, N.H.)

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