James Edward Jouett was born near Lexington, Ky., 7 February 1826 and was appointed Midshipman 10 September 1841. He served on the African coast in Decatur with Mathew C. Perry and in John Adams during the Mexican War.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Jouett was captured by Confederates at Pensacola but was soon parolled. He then joined the blockading forces off Galveston, distinguishing himself during the night of 7 to 8 November 1861 in the capture and destruction of Confederate schooner Royal Yacht. Jouett later commanded Montgomery and R. R. Cuyler on blockading duty and in September 1863 took command of Metacomet. In the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, his ship was lashed to Admiral Far-ragut's flagship Hartford as the gallant ships entered the bay. Monitor Tecumseh was sunk by an underwater "torpedo", but the ships steamed boldly on, inspired By Farragut's famous command: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." Metacomet was sent after two Confederate gunboats, and in a short chase Jouett riddled Gaines and captured Selma.
Jouett had various commands ashore and afloat after the Civil War, taking command of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1884. In 1889 he commanded a naval force which forced the opening of the isthmus of Panama, threatened by insurrection. Rear Admiral Jouett retired in 1890 and lived for most of his remaining years at "The Anchorage," near Sandy Springs, Md. He died 30 September 1902.
(DD-41: dp. 787(n.); l. 293'11"; b. 27'; dr. 8'4"; s. 30 k.; cpl. 83; a. 5 3", 6 18" tt.; cl. Monaghan)
The first Jouett (DD-4l) was laid down 7 March 1911 by Bath Iron Works, Ltd., Bath, Maine; launched 15 April 1912; sponsored by Miss Marylee Nally; and commissioned at Boston 24 May 1912, Lt. Comdr. W. P. Cronan in command.
Jouett joined the Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla and operated off the East Coast until early 1914, when events in Mexico threatened American interests and officials at Tampico arrested American sailors without cause. Jouett supported the landing of Marines at Vera Cruz 21 April 1914. Returning to the East Coast after this operation, the destroyer continued to carry out training maneuvers until the United States entered World War I in April 1917.
The ship was assigned patrol in Delaware Bay in April 1917 and remained on that duty until sailing from New York 8 August 1917 as an escort for five troopships bound for France. After returning from Europe, Jouett resumed patrolling until she arrived New London, Conn., 15 January 1918 for experimentation with antisubmarine detection devices. Completing this duty 4 June 1918, the ship operated until the armistice with a special antisubmarine group along the East Coast of the United States.
Following the war Jouett conducted training exercises and fleet maneuvers until entering Philadelphia Navy Yard 20 July 1919. She decommissioned 24 November 1919 and remained inactive until being loaned to the Coast Guard 23 April 1924 for use as a cutter. Returned to the Navy 22 May 1931 she was sold for scrap to Michael Flynn Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.