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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NARR

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, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco October 2 1918.
Launched April 9 1919 and commissioned September 30 1920.
Decommissioned May 24 1930.
Stricken August 13 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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Jones 92kPhoto #: NH 54764-KN. William Jones, Secretary of the Navy, 19 January 1813 - 1 December 1814. Portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Donation of Lieutenant William M. Smith, USMCR. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Jones 141kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Jones 54kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Jones 75kPhoto # NH 49905, USS William Jones (DD-308) steaming out of San Diego harbor, California, during the 1920s. Note the USS Bennington monument atop the hill in the right center background.Mike Green
Jones 72kPhoto #: NH 49966, USS William Jones (DD-308) photographed circa 1923-1929. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Tony Cowart
Jones 61kPhoto #: NH 77252, USS William Jones (DD-308) alongside USS Cuyama (AO-3) during the 1920s. Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Jones 118kPhoto #: NH 69125, USS William Jones (DD-308) hauled out for repairs at the Destroyer Base, San Diego, California, following a collision with USS Percival (DD-298) on the night of 31 January 1926. The original caption reads: "Close-up showing dent in her side as a result of the collision with USS Percival, Sunday night, 31 January 1926. The collision occurred between the two ships in Coronado Roads, California. The sharp prow of the Percival punctured the port forward oil tank of the William Jones, in addition to cutting three deep gashes in the hull just above the water line and cracking several frame plates. William Jones was placed on the marine ways at the Destroyer Base for repairs, when spattered from stem to stern with oil that poured out from the leaking fuel tank, she returned to the harbor. Percival, apparently seaworthy, was ordered to proceed to Panama with the Fleet." Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Jones 59kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Somers (DD-301), USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), USS Farragut (DD-300), USS Percival (DD-298), USS Wiliam Jones (DD-308) and USS Zeilin (DD-313) circa the early 1930's.Bruce Billig

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Emerey Rosendahl    Sep 30 1920 - Nov 16 1920 (Later VADM)
LCDR James Gillespie Blaine Gromer    Nov 16 1920 - ?
CDR Beret Blaine Taylor    Jan 7 1922 - Jul 10 1922
CDR William Augustus Richardson    Jul 10 1922 - ?
CDR Edmund Spence Root    May 16 1924 - Sep 1 1926 
CDR William Henry Stiles Jr.    Sep 1 1926 - May 28 1928
LCDR Carroll Morgan Hall    May 28 1928 - May 24 1930

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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