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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

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, the widow of Ensign Jones
  • 21 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Alfred W. Gardes, Jr., in command
  • 02 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 8⅓ months 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
    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 07 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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Herbert C. Jones
    201k 19 January 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) being launched into the Sabine River at the Consolidated Steel Corp. Shipyard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Catalog No. 19-N-50637 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
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    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")
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    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
    133k 16 October 1943: Algiers, Algeria - From the War Diary of Herbert C. Jones as she entered Algiers Harbor:

    0743 - Passed through submarine nets. Steaming at various courses and speeds, maneuvering in harbor channel, while waiting for berth assignment.
    0805 - All engines, ahead full.
    0805½ - English Submarine HMS Universal rammed this ship on port side just forward of steering engine room, between frames 139 and 140 in compartment C-203-L. Hole in
                   side of approximately three feet in width and from about three feet below water line to about six feet above.
    0806 - All engines stopped. Anchored in Algiers Harbor (old) in 48 feet of water, with fifteen fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor.
    0835 - Tug boat "St. Louis" tied up on starboard quarter and attempted to pull ship free of Universal (P57).
    0846 - Bow of submarine broke free of ship.
    0917 - Tug "St Louis" cast off.
    0920 - Underway for assigned berth alongside USS Vulcan, bow to bow.

    (U.S. Navy photos #80-G-227245, 80-G-227246, 80-G-227250, and 80-G-227251 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
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    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)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
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    141k 22 March 1945: New York Harbor - Starboard bow view of USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) off the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Catalog No. 19-N-80965 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Herbert C. Jones
    105k 22 March 1945: New York Harbor - Port side view of USS Herbert C. Jones off the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The "Liberty" ship S.S. Robert S. Lovett is behind her, at right.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Catalog No. 19-N-80964 from the United States National Archives)
    Herbert C. Jones
    131k May 1970: Philadelphia, Pa. - Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79826, Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

    Herbert C. Jones History
    View the USS Herbert C. Jones (DE 137) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Herbert C. Jones as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    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., USN (USNA '37) (Dayton, Oh.) (Comm. CO)
    2.) 07 Dec. 1943 - 08 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Rufus A. Soule III, USNR (West Newton, Mass.)
    3.) 08 Nov. 1945- 06 Jan. 1946Lt. Paul D. Bartlett Jr., USNR (NROTC '42) (Kansas City, Mo.)
    4.) 16 Jan. 1946 - 21 Aug. 1946Lcdr. Carlton Stanley Livingston
    5.) 21 Aug. 1946 - Oct. 1946Lcdr. Walter Francis Vincent Bennett (ROTC '41) (New York, N.Y.)
    6.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 17 Mar. 1947Lt.(jg) Malcolm Harris Chadwell (prior enl.) (Saugus, Mass.)

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