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USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - W - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 November 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 19 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joanne Ruth Jones, widow
  • 21 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Alfred W. Gardes, Jr., in command
  • 02 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.8 years of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 July 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Northern Metals Corp., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Ship was one of two DE's equipped to detect and jam German glide "FRITZ X" bombs
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    Herbert C. Jones 79k Artist's conception of Herbert C. Jones 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, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Herbert C. Jones 247k Herbert Charpiot Jones was born in Los Angeles, California on 21 January 1918 and enlisted in the Naval Reserve in May 1935. After receiving Midshipmen's training on board the drill ship Prairie State (IX-15), he was commissioned in the rank of Ensign in November 1940. During the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor he was serving as an officer in USS California (BB 44). When his ship was attacked and badly damaged, he rescued a sailor from a smoke-filled compartment, then led an anti-aircraft battery in firing on the raiders. When the ammunition hoists were put out of action, Ensign Jones organized an ammunition passing party and led it until he was fatally injured by a bomb. He then refused evacuation out of fear for the lives of his rescuers. For his heroism during the Pearl Harbor battle, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

    USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) (1943-1947) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH92307and NH48730-KN, painting by Mrs. H.E. Ogden Campbell from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Herbert C. Jones 84k Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) and Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) at Oran, North Africa. (Photo from "Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II") -
    Herbert C. Jones 69k 1943: Herbert C. Jones at Mers-el-Kebir, North Africa, her refueling depot. The French battleship Lorraine is in the background at right. (Photo from "Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II") -
    Herbert C. Jones 50k 1944: Anchored off Palermo, Sicily (Photo from "Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II") -
    Herbert C. Jones 37k August 1944: At anchor off St. Tropez, France. (Photo from "Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II") -
    Herbert C. Jones 475k 15 November 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two port side views of Herbert C. Jones taken by the New York Navy Yard. Jones was in for a major overhaul between October and December 1944.



    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-137 19-N-77794 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)



    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-137 19-N-80966 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
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    Herbert C. Jones 336k

    View the USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Herbert C. Jones' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Jul. 1943 - 07 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Alfred Wiltz Gardes, Jr. (comm.)
    2.) 07 Dec. 1943 - 08 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Rufus A. Soule III, USNR
    3.) 08 Nov. 1945- 06 Jan. 1946Lt. Paul D. Bartlett, Jr., USNR
    4.) 16 Jan. 1946 - 21 Aug. 1946Lcdr. Carlton Stanley Livinston
    5.) 21 Aug. 1946 - Oct. 1946Lcdr. Walter Francis Vincent Bennett
    6.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 17 Mar. 1947Lt.(jg) Malcolm Harris Chadwell

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Herbert C. Jones
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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