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Jacob Jones

 

Jacob Jones was born near Smyrna, Del., in March 1768. Appointed Midshipman 10 April 1799, he served in United States during the quasi-war with France. In 1803 he sailed in frigate Philadelphia to the Barbary coast. On 31 October, when Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli harbor, Jones was captured by the Tripoli-tans and held prisoner for 20 months. Upon his return to the United States, he served in Adams and Argus and on 4 June 1810 took command of sloop Wasp.

 

After the outbreak of war with England, Wasp captured brig Dolphin 13 October 1812; and defeated British ship-of-war Frolic in a bitter struggle off the Delaware capes on the 18th. Commissioned Captain 3 March 1813, Jones then commanded Macedonian and later in the war rendered valuable service to Commodore Chauncey on Lake Ontario.

 

Upon the return of peace with England, he again commanded Macedonian, joined the Mediterranean Squadron under Commodore Decatur, and took part in securing lasting peace with the Barbary powers. Captain Jones assumed command of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1821; and in 1824 he was appointed to the Board of Navy Commissioners. Two years later he became commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in the Pacific. At the time of his death, 3 August 1850, Commodore Jones was the commandant of the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia.

 

III

 

(DE-130: dp. 1,200; l. 306'; b. 36'7"; dr. 8'7"; s. 21 k.; cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 6 40mm. AA, 10 20mm. AA, 3 21" tt-, 2 dct, 9 dcp.; cl. Edsall)

 

The third Jacob Jones (DE-130) was laid down 26 June 1942 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.; launched 1 November 1942; sponsored by Mrs. L. W. Hesselman; and commissioned 29 April 1943, Lt. Comdr. Walton B. Hinds, in command.

 

After fitting out, Jacob Jones sailed 13 May for shakedown in Bermuda waters and arrived Charleston 7 July. On the 18th she steamed to Newport to prepare for convoy duty. A week later she sailed with a convoy of Coast Guard cutters and Navy ships, which steamed to North Africa to support Allied operations in the Mediterranean. While escorting this convoy, Jacob Jones made her first antisubmarine attack 7 August firing 13 depth charges in two attacks. She arrived Casablanca, French Morocco, 13 August; a week later she departed with Task Force 64 escorting a convoy bound back to the United States.

 

Arriving New York 5 September, Jacob Jones underwent inspection and on the 16th departed for ASW convoy training with Hammann (DE-131) and Robert E. Peary (DE-132) at Casco, Maine. She sailed for Norfolk 21 September and on the 25th joined Convoy UGS-19 headed for North African waters off Casablanca. Arriving 12 October, Jacob Jones conducted ASW patrols before departing for Gibraltar to join a westbound convoy the 19th. She arrived Norfolk 6 November with the southern section of the convoy, then departed for 10 days of repairs at Brooklyn Navy Yard. On the 23d she joined a 64-ship Norfolk-to-Casablanca convoy. Upon her arrival 10 December, she patrolled waters off the coast of Africa for a week before returning to the United States with Convoy GUS-24.

 

Following repairs at New York and refresher training at Casco, Jacob Jones joined Card (CVE-11) off Cape Henry 24 January 1944. At that time the escort carrier was busy carrying troops and aircraft to Europe as part of the mighty Allied buildup for the forthcoming invasion of Normandy. Returning to Norfolk 1 March, she resumed duty escorting convoys to England.

 

Jacob Jones departed New York 28 March 1944 and joined five other DEs escorting a convoy bound for Moville, Northern Ireland. Arriving 7 April, she departed Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 6 days later as one of several escorts for a 28-ship, westbound convoy that reached New York 23 April. After repairs and training, she made rendezvous 13 May with 44 merchant ships and 17 escorts for the 10-day passage to Northern Ireland and returned to New York 8 June with a westbound convoy.

 

For the next 12 months, Jacob Jones continued her escort duty for North Atlantic Convoys. Departing from either New York or Boston, she sailed as convoy escort to such ports as Londonderry and Moville, North Ireland; Liverpool, Southampton and Plymouth, England; and Le Havre and Cherbourg, France. When in the United States awaiting her next convoy, she maintained her operational readiness by training exercises in waters off Maine or Long Island. When in Europe, she operated on coastal and harbor ASW patrols. In all Jacob Jones crossed the Atlantic 20 times, providing protection for merchant and troop convoys in the North Atlantic.

 

Three weeks and a day after Germany's unconditional surrender, Jacob Jones departed Southampton, England, and steamed in convoy for the United States. She put into New York 8 June 1945 and entered the Brooklyn Navy Yard for overdue repairs and overhaul. On the 30th she departed for Guantanamo, Cuba, for 2 weeks of ASW and shore bombardment exercises. Steaming independently from Guantanamo 19 July, she transited the Panama Canal 3 days later, and sailed into San Diego harbor the 31st.

 

As the Japanese Empire prepared to surrender, Jacob Jones departed the Destroyer Base, San Diego, 9 August 1945 for Pearl Harbor. She reached Pearl 16 August and commenced ASW exercises before embarking 108 passengers 4 September, they sailed for the West Coast. She arrived San Pedro, Calif., and discharged her passengers 10 September. Departing for the Canal Zone 2 days later, she transited the Canal on the 20th and arrived Charleston 25 September. She steamed from Charleston 24 October and 2 days later sailed up the St. John's River, Fla., to Green Cove Springs. Jacob Jones decommissioned 26 July 1946 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. At present she is berthed at Orange, Tex.