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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HIGH TEST

Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. June 15 1955.
Launched August 7 1956 and commissioned July 19 1957.
Decommissioned March 4 1983.
Stricken June 15 1983.
Fate Sunk as target July 23 1988.

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[1] 59k

[2] 59k
Jonas Howard Ingram, born in Jeffersonville, Ind., 15 October 1886, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1907. Before World War I he served in several cruisers, destroyers, and battleships. As turret officer of Arkansas (BB-33), he established a world's record for firing 12-inch guns. On 22 April 1914 he landed at Vera Cruz, Mexico with the Arkansas battalion and was awarded the Medal of Honor for "skillful and efficient handling of the artillery and machine guns and for distinguished conduct in battle. Ingram served at the Naval Academy from 1915 to 1917. During World War I he was on the staff of the Commander, Division 9, Atlantic Fleet, and received the Navy Cross for distinguished service. Between the wars outstanding performance in a variety of important assignments won him promotion to Rear Admiral 10 January 1941. In February 1942 he received a third star upon assuming command of Cruiser Division 2. Seven months later he took command of the 4th Fleet and was responsible for protecting vital Allied shipping in the U-boat infested South Atlantic. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for excellent work in this post and on 15 November 1944 became Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet with the rank of Admiral. This post won him a gold star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal for taking "a major part in the flow of United States troops across the Atlantic... and in the successful combating of the German submarine menace." Retiring from active duty 1 April 1947, Admiral Ingram died 9 September 1952 at San Diego. [1] Photo Caption: President Harry S. Truman (center) and Admiral Jonas H. Ingram (to the right of Truman), talking to New York Governor Thomas Dewey (left) on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri on Navy Day. Photo from the Harry S. Truman Library. [2] Official Navy Photo Portrait of Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram, USN.[1] Bill Gonyo

[2] Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 52kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Ingram 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Colourpicture, Boston, MA.Mike Smolinski
Ingram 87kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Ingram 78kUndated, location unknown. After her 1970 ASW conversion.Frank Haas
Ingram 51kUndated, location unknown. After her 1970 ASW conversion.Frank Haas
Ingram 208kUndated, probably in Genoa.Carlo Martinelli
Ingram 106kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ingram 228kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ingram 137kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ingram 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ingram 151kThe Ship's Sponsor Mrs. Lawrence C. Hays, Jr., daughter of Admiral Ingram along with her daughter Mary Elizabeth, christen USS Jonas Ingram DD-938 at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts on 8 July 1956.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 232kView from the launching.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 107kTaken at HM Dockyard King Tom, Freetown, Sierra Leon In late 1959 - early 1960.anneandmick
Ingram 153kView from the USS Mullinnix (DD-944) circa 1961-1962, location unknown.William C. Beckenbach
Ingram 151kUSS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Mediterranean, August 1962.Roy Williams
Ingram 105kPhoto taken by by Russ Schultz from the USS Tidewater (AD-31) on the way to the Mediterranean in 1963.Robert Hall
Ingram 120kUSS Jonas Ingram DD-938 in the Atlantic, circa 1969, prior to her ASW conversion.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 106kUSS Jonas Ingram DD-938 was decommissioned on 29 April 1969, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where she underwent a 15-month major ASW conversion. This was to enhance her anti-submarine capability. This involved the removal of one of her 5" gun mounts, which was replaced by an ASROC launcher. She also received modernization of electronics and communications systems.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 151kJuly 21 1970 off Philadelphia.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 56kCover of the Commissioning Ceremony Program for USS Jonas Ingram DD-938, held at Philadelphia Naval Base on 1 August 1970.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 162kA view from the Commissioning Ceremony.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 93kSchedule of events for the Commissioning Ceremony of USS Jonas Ingram DD-938.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 99kUSS Jonas Ingram DD-938, shortly after her conversion and commissioning, off Philadelphia in August 1970.Robert M. Cieri
Ingram 177kAugust 12 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 212kAugust 12 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 194kAugust 12 1970, Delaware River. Photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 147kAugust 12 1970, Delaware River. Photo by Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Ingram 68kUnderway in the Mediterranean, sometime in the early 1970s. In the foreground is a Soviet 'Foxtrot' class submarine that the Jonas Ingram is shadowing.Robert Hurst
Ingram 161kUSS McCaffery (DD-860) nested alongside USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) and other unidentified destroyers, November 24 1971, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ingram 78kNorth Atlantic, November 1976 Richard Leonhardt
Ingram 88kIndian Ocean February 1981 coming alongside the USS Independence (CVA-62). Rick Marsh
Ingram 103kAalborg, Denmark July 4 1981. Rick Marsh
Ingram 64kThe final moments as she is sunk as a target on July 23 1988.Gerd Matthes/Frank Haas
Ingram 27kAs above.Frank Haas
Ingram 65kAs above.Frank Haas
Ingram 81kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Ingram 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Grover Leonard Rawlings    Jul 19 1957 - Aug 1 1959
CDR Robert Nelson Adrian    Aug 1 1959 - Jul 22 1961
CDR Robert Kirk    Jul 22 1961 - Sep 27 1963
CDR Karl John Christoph Jr.    Sep 27 1963 - Apr 3 1965 (Later RADM)
CDR John Staige Kern    Apr 3 1965 - Mar 9 1967 (Later RADM)
CDR Larry Larue Hawkins    Mar 9 1967 - Aug 1 1970
CDR Donald Moderi Metzler    Aug 1 1970 - Aug 4 1971
CDR Louis Colbus    Aug 4 1971 - Nov 17 1972
CDR Robert Orris Strange Jr.    Nov 17 1972 - May 10 1974
CDR Bobbie Lee Sample    May 10 1974 - May 17 1976
CDR Richard Eaton Dodson    May 17 1976 - Jul 1 1978
CDR Bruce Albert Young    Jul 1 1978 - Jul 4 1980
CDR Charles Momfred St. Laurent    Jul 4 1980 - Jul 15 1982
CDR James Beaty Ferguson III    Jul 15 1982 - Mar 4 1983 (Later RADM)

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