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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 47,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard May 16 1938.
Launched December 14 1939 and commissioned September 7 1940.
Decommissioned February 6 1947.
To Taiwan February 26 1954, renamed Han Yang.
Fate Stricken November 1 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Jones 76kHilary Pollard Jones, born 14 November 1863 in Hanover County, Va., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1884. As a young Ensign he was commended for his bravery and skill in helping to save Nipsic from sinking during the great Samoan hurricane of 1889. During the Spanish-American War Jones served in Dorothea on patrol duty off Cuba. In the next years he sailed in various ships of the fleet, rising to command Rhode Island in 1912. In 1913 he commanded the Washington Navy Yard; and, during World War I he commanded patrol units and later a division of the Transport Force. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his outstanding service. Following the war Admiral Jones had important commands at sea, culminating in 1922 in the post of Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet. In 1923 he left this duty to join the General Board. Admiral Jones retired in 1927 but served as naval advisor at the Geneva Disarmament Conference and the London Naval Conference of 1930. A prominent member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Admiral Jones died 1 January 1938. Photo courtesy of the Library of CongressBill Gonyo

The Secretary of the Navy, in the name of the President of the United States, awards the Naval Unit Commendation to


"For extremely meritorious service in support of military operations against enemy forces off San Remo, Italy and Port Maurizio, Italy, September 1944. Operating in bold defiance of enemy coastal batteries and further menaced by submarines, E-boats, explosive boats, human torpedoes and midget submarines, the U.S.S. HILARY P. JONES battered the enemy shipping and ground facilities with undiminished fury to neutralize or destroy German emplacements; she disrupted hostile troop concentrations; demolished ammunition and fuel supply dumps; and sank or damaged innumerable small craft and barges. Manned by a daring and skilled ship’s company, the HILARY P. JONES, by her unremitting efforts in face of grave peril, established a noteworthy combat record which enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. Hilary P. Jones during September 1944 are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy
Jones 82kArtist's conception of the Jones as she appeared in World War II 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 119kThe Ship's bell.Randy James
Jones 60kDecember 12 1940 at Charleston Navy Yard.Cal Emerson
Jones 150kNARA photo 19-N-23029, December 12 1940. Courtesy Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Jones 259kAs seen from battleship Texas (BB-35) while escorting a convoy, 1942. Photo copyright LIFE Magazine Archives, Frank Scherschel, photographer.Peter DeForest
Jones 113kUSS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427) underway on August 11, 1943. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-419690.Robert Hurst/Mike Green
On Taiwanese Service
Jones 60kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 77kUndated, location unknown. Probably during the turnover to Taiwan.Perry Huang
Jones 73kUndated, location unknown.Perry Huang
Jones 73kUnderway June 22 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Sherman Rockwell Clark    Sep 6 1940 - Feb 2 1942 (Later RADM)

LT Byron Lawrence Gurnette    Feb 2 1942 - Mar 26 1942

LCDR Sherman Rockwell Clark    Mar 26 1942 - Apr 18 1942 (Later RADM)

LT Byron Lawrence Gurnette    Apr 18 1942 - May 10 1942

CDR Robert Beaman Ellis    May 10 1942 - Sep 12 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Frederick Max Stiesberg    Sep 12 1943 - Dec 15 1944

CDR Thaddeus Johnson Van Metre    Dec 15 1944 - Mar 15 1946 (Later RADM)

LCDR Wayne Herkness III    Mar 15 1946 - Feb 6 1947

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Galloway
Address: 85 Beers Road, Easton, CT 06612-1758
Phone: (203)268-8114
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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