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USS PAUL JONES (DD-230 / AG-120)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQN

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on December 23 1919.
Launched September 28 1920 and Commissioned April 19 1921.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-120 June 30 1945.
Decommissioned November 5 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold October 5 1947 to Northern Metal, Norfolk and broken up for scrap.

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Paul Jones

Paul Jones


As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy's first fleet. He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned. Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. Sailors of the United States Navy can do no better than to emulate the spirit behind John Paul Jones's stirring declaration: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way." Photo: John Paul Jones by George Bagby Matthews. The bust, One cannot underestimate the role French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1747-1792) played in the identification of John Paul Jonesís remains. The Houdon bust of Jones, sculpted from life, was arguably the most accurate portrayal of Jones.Bill Gonyo
Jones 53kArtist's conception of the Jones as built 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, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Jones 88kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 100kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 65kTypical of the flush deckers that retained their 4" guns, the Paul Jones shows the modifications made as the result of carrying these guns, with the added need for A.A. defense. The fourth stack and her accompanying boiler have been removed with six 20mm A.A. guns and six depth charge throwers added. New radar equipment includes DE type SL surface search equipment topped by a new TBS antenna.-
Jones 150kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Jones 140kUndated, location unknown but probably Chinese waters. Acme Newspictures photo, dated 28 January 1932.Dave Wright
Jones 96kUSS Black Hawk with the USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Paul Jones (DD-230), USS Peary (DD-226) and USS Parrott (DD-218) alongside in Chefoo, China.Gerd Matthes
Jones 93kStarboard quarter view of the U.S. Navy tanker USS Victoria (AO-46) (ex George G. Henry) with four old four stack destroyers alongside. This photo could have been taken at Fremantle, Australia, when the tanker - still George G. Henry - fueled the four surviving American ships that took part in the Battle of the Java Sea, the destroyers USS Alden (DD-211), USS John D. Edwards (DD-216), USS John D. Ford (DD-228), and USS Paul Jones (DD-230), soon after they arrived in Australian waters. On 15 April 1942, while at Yarraville, a suburb of Melbourne, George G. Henry was taken over by the U.S. Navy under a bareboat charter and commissioned as USS Victoria (AO-46) on 20 April. Survivors from the sunken USS Langley (AV-3), USS Peary (DD-226), and USS Pecos (AO-6) made up the ship's new crew. Photo Australian armed forces. From the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302766Robert Hurst
Jones 60kPhoto #: NH 105794. Asiatic Fleet Destroyers dressed with flags while nested together off Shanghai, China, circa 1936. These ships are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (DD-230); USS Pope (DD-225); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Mike Mohl
Jones 130kJuly 10 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Jones 150kMare Island July 10 1942.David Buell
Jones 145kAs above.David Buell
Jones 152kAs above.David Buell
Jones 96kAs above.David Buell
Jones 173kAs above.David Buell
Jones 145kOff Mare Island on July 10, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Jones 131kMare Island September 24 1942.David Buell
Jones 99kUSS Paul Jones (DD-230) September 16 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-177786.Robert Hurst
Jones 68kUSS Paul Jones as (AG-120) comes alongside Lake Champlain [CV-39] in the Atlantic to take on fuel and provisions in June of 1945.Gerd Matthes

USS PAUL JONES DD-230 / AG-120 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thaddeus Austin Thomson Jr.    Apr 19 1921 - Jan 1 1922

LCDR Walter Atlee Edwards    Jan 1 1922 - Sep 14 1922

LT Jerauld B. Wright    Sep 14 1922 - Oct 10 1922 (Later ADM)

LCDR Howard Adams Flanigan    Oct 10 1922 - Jul 14 1924

LCDR Comfort Benedict Platt    Jul 14 1924 - Jun 20 1925

LCDR Walter Arthur Riedel    Jun 20 1925 - Sep 12 1927

CDR Walden Lee (Pug) Ainsworth    Sep 12 1927 - Apr 25 1928 (Later VADM)

LCDR George Wilson Davidson Dashiell    Apr 25 1929 - Jun 15 1929 

LCDR Hamilton Vose Bryan    Jun 15 1929 - Jan 15 1931

LCDR Albert Ernest Schrader Jr.    Jan 15 1931 - Apr 1 1932

LCDR James Fife Jr.    Apr 1 1932 - May 8 1932 (Later VADM) 

LT Emmet Peter Forrestel    May 8 1932 - Jun 10 1932 (XOIC Later VADM)

LCDR Francis Stuart Low    Jun 10 1932 - Mar 10 1934 (Later ADM)

LCDR Thomas Browning Inglis    Mar 10 1934 - Apr 27 1935 (Later RADM) 

LCDR Stuart Augustine Maher    Apr 27 1935 - Jan 11 1937

LT George Dunham Lyon    Jan 11 1937 - Jan 27 1938 (XOIC)

LCDR Charles Olan Glisson    Jan 27 1938 - Jan 10 1939  

LCDR Arthur Delancy Aryault    Jan 10 1939 - Sep 3 1939

LCDR Elmer Frank Helmkamp    Sep 3 1939 - Jun 28 1940 

LCDR William George Lalor    Jun 28 1940 - Dec 20 1940

LCDR Rupert Meyrick Zimmerli    Dec 20 1940 - Sep 15 1941 

LCDR John Joseph Hourihan    Sep 15 1941 - Jan 10 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles Richard Herms    Jan 10 1942 - Nov 6 1943

LCDR George Paul Unmacht    Nov 6 1943 - Oct 4 1944

CDR Howard Martin Payne    Oct 4 1944 - Nov 5 1945

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