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|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)
|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.
|56k||date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|309k||date / location unknown: Claud Jones (DE 1033) underway.|
(U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-65)
|77k||circa 1959: USS Claud Jones (DE 1033) underway.|
(U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-61)
|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
|448k||1962: Claud Jones off Key West, Fla.||William A. Press|
Commander, USNR (ret.)
|216k||1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones approaching USS Observation Island for a highline transfer.||Robert T. Brown III|
USS Observation Island (EAG 154)
|321k||1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones approaching Observation Island for a highline transfer.||Tom Dennis|
USS Observation Island (EAG 154)
|187k||1966: the North Atlantic - Claud Jones breaking away from Observation Island after highlining.|
|59k||October 1968: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Claud Jones entering port. Photo© Richard Leonhardt||Richard Leonhardt|
|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)
England, United Kingdom
|85k||16 March 1972: Pearl HarborPhoto© Richard Leonhardt||Richard Leonhardt|
|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)
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 1961||Lcdr. Walter Murphee Meginniss (USNA '47) (Tallahassee, Fla.)|
|3.) Nov 1961 - Jul 1963||Lcdr. William Cornell Magee (prior enl., OCS '45) (Ridgewood, N.J.)|
|4.) Jul 1963 - Dec 1964||Lcdr. Donald Bagnall Meek (USNA '50) (Ithaca, N.Y.)|
|5.) Dec 1964 - Jul 1966||Lcdr. Richard W. Trimble (Troy, N.Y.)|
|6.) Jul 1966 - 16 Dec 1967||Lcdr. George R. McKee, Jr. (Sheperdstown, W.V.)|
|7.) 16 Dec 1967 - Jul 1969||Lcdr. John Willoughby Stouffer II (Easton, Pa.)|
|8.) Jul 1969 - Apr 1971||Lcdr. Richard A. Christian (OCS '59) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|9.) Apr 1971 - Jul 1972||Lcdr. Douglas Karl Menikheim (USNA '60) (Easton, Pa.)|
|10.) Jul 1972 - Dec 1973||Lcdr. Alan Elroy Witham (Britton, S.D.)|
|11.) Dec 1973 - 16 Dec 1974||Lcdr. James Joseph Hogan III (USNA '63) (Manchester, N.H.)|
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